Ugh, where did December go?! This month has flown by. Every year I say to myself I’ll be organised and have all my Christmas cards made and sent in late November so they arrive on December 1st. Well that didn’t happen. Lol. Oh well, there’s always next year! 😉
Needless to say, these cards weren’t delivered/sent until today A little late but they’ll still arrive in time for Christmas (that’s what matters, right?).
The following cards were CASEd from this gorgeous card, I have just changed the colours. Rather than your traditional Christmas reds and greens I have used varying shades of green, blue and purple. Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo, Elegant Eggplant and Night of Navy to be exact.
The stars were created using the emboss resist technique to achieve the variegation in colour (darker in the centre and light towards the points of the star). If you haven’t heard or tried the emboss resist technique you’re totally missing out. But don’t worry, I’ll tell you how it’s done.
Emboss Resist Technique How To: First, heat emboss your stamped image. I’ve embossed the medium-sized star from the Bright and Beautiful stamp set with white embossing powder on Whisper White cardstock. Then, using a coloured ink of your choice and a sponge dauber, sponge ink over the embossed image using a soft circular motion. It’s best to start light and build up the colour (because it’s easy to add more colour but difficult to remove it). When you’re happy with the amount of ink coverage, use a clean paper towel or tissue and lightly rub over your heat embossed image. This removes any extra ink that is sitting on top of the shiny embossed surface, causing your embossed image to pop (in my case, the white looks brighter and stands out more). Finally, punch or die cut your embossed image (if it needs punching/die cutting) and adhere to your card/project. It’s as simple as that. The great thing about this technique is it’s quite easy, is stunning AND can be used with a variety of stamps, colours and embossing powders. Awesome!
For a little something extra, I’ve also decorated the inside of the each card using the sweet sentiment stamp from the same Bright and Beautiful stamp set in addition to the star confetti punch. The greeting and border-punched edge finish the card off, make it more special and also creates less white space (which is a good thing for me as I don’t tend to write a lot on the inside of my cards).Thanks for stopping by, I hope you’re feeling more organised for Christmas than I am! Be sure to try the emboss resist technique, you’ll love it!
Rachel and Katie xx