Sunday 19 November 2017

Christmas Patchwork Strip Card

Having made a birthday card earlier this tear by creating my own patchwork strip background, I decided to have a go at a Christmas version, with an added step.

I started by creating a blue background and a purple background.  First I laid down Tumbled Glass and Broken China distress inks onto a blending mat, spritzed with water and swiped a piece of Sheena's stamping card (cut to A5) through the ink.  This was then dried.  I repeated the process with Shaded Lilac onto another piece of A5 card.

To create more interest, I then added Mermaid Lagoon to the blue card using the same method, but this time I did not add as much water and dabbed the card up and down rather than swiping across the mat.  This produced more of a mottled effect.  For the purple background I used Wilted Violet.  I repeated this several times drying in between to build up the colour on each piece.
I then added stamping to each piece using Archival ink.  For the blue piece I stamped in Cobalt Blue and Manganese Blue and for the purple piece, Violet and Deep Purple.  I used a range of stamps designed by Tim Holtz for Stamper's Anonymous from the Documented, School Desk, Mixed Media, Slight Alterations and the Stripes & Holiday Type sets.
Both panels were then cut into strips of random widths in both directions.  As I was planning on using a 14.8cm x 14.8cm card base, I cut a piece of thin white card to 13.8cm x 13.8cm and glued strips of both colours onto it building up a random patchwork background.  Once dry, I trimmed the excess.
When I made the birthday card (see HERE), I missed out the next step.  I decided to add some stamping and embossing over the background panel.  For this I used a holly snowflake stamp which came with an issue of Craft Stamper, stamped three times in Perfect Medium and heat embossed using True White detail embossing powder from Cosmic Shimmer. 
The panel was matted onto a piece of purple card (14.3cm x 14.3cm) and then onto the white card blank.
To finish, I cut the Merry Christmas sentiment which comes with the Tonic Christmas Cracker die set out of both purple and white card (to create a drop shadow effect) and added them towards the bottom of the card.

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