Sunday 3 December 2017

Blog Winner and Stairway Christmas Card

First of all, congratulations to Nicky Frowen who was the winner of the tag of her choice as part of my 500th Blog post giveaway last week.  This is the tag which she chose (for details of how it was made see HERE).

I worked on a stairway pop out Christmas card yesterday using some Diesire dies from Crafter's Companion.  Luckily I had kept the instructions which came with base set!
The inside of the card

The front of the card
I started by laying all the dies that came with the base set onto a piece of A5 Sheena's stamping card (A4 cut in half) to get the staircase die in the correct place.  Once that was identified and the die held in place, the remaining panel die pieces were removed and the staircase element cut.  Once folded along the score lines, a final score line was added, running from top to bottom, 8cm from the left hand side.  This completed the base of the card inner. The other half of the original A4 piece was scored in half to act as the outer card wrap.

The three large panels from the base die set were die cut from patterned card and the small staircase panels from kraft card.  The letters spelling out PEACE from the matching decorative panels die set, were cut out of the kraft card panels and all the pieces added to the inner card base.
In order to provide a place to write a greeting, a piece of white card (13cm x 6cm) was added to the left hand panel and stamped with a Christmas sentiment in Coffee archival ink.
For the front of the card, a piece of kraft card (14.3cm x 10cm) was stamped all round the edges using the smallest snowflake stamp from the Snowflake Kisses set (designed by Lisa Horton for Creative Expressions) in Coffee Archival ink.
A slightly smaller panel (13.8cm x 9.5cm) was cut from Sheena's stamping card.  To create the background for the 'scene', a piece of copy paper was torn to create a hill mask, and the Microbial Mini stencil by TCW held in place while Tea Dye Distress ink was brushed through using one of the Claritystamp stencil brushes.
Stamps from the Great Outdoors stamp set (designed by Tim Holtz for Stamper's Anonymous) were added using Coffee Archival ink.  To ground the trees and deer, Tea Dye ink was brushed across the bottom of the panel as the negative of hill mask was gradually moved down towards the bottom.
Before matting up the panels and adding them to the front of the card, the edges of both were coloured using the Coffee ink pad.  It only remained to glue the pop out card inner to the outer card wrap, taking care to line up the top and bottom edges and ensuring that the card would fold properly.

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