Welcome to my contribution to the Joy of Sets blog hop for Christmas 2017. I'm so happy that the Joy of Sets has arranged this. I love the whole ethos of JoS and how easy it is to share creativity, find inspiration and to send out love to other members. If you're not a member give it a go, the admin have set up albums based on stamp sets so you can add your work to them. It makes it so easy to go to an album and get inspiration from the members with a particular stamp set and you can submit your work to a non Stampin' Up! folder so you don't have to be a Stampin' Up! lover to join in with the sharing.
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So here is my Christmas Card which has been made using some absolutely gorgeous foils and speciality DSPs on a crisp white cardstock base. Video tutorial is embedded at the end of this post.
I've worked on so many monochrome projects this Christmas and so many traditional reds and greens that I wanted a little shift away into a shiny, rich, opulent world of foils and I also wanted to move away from basic folds to something a little more elaborate. This is only just a tiny bit more elaborate and is still monochrome but it has satisfied a need in me to create something a little different.
I started with a 10 x 6 inch whisper white card stock base and scored it on the long side at 2.5 and 3.5 inches and the same at the other end (or if you prefer to score all in one go then it's 2.5, 3.5, 6.5 and 7.5 inches).
I folded and burnished the score lines so that the centre piece was recessed from the two side flaps.
Next I added a mat of Speciality DSP from Stampin' Up! from the Year of Cheer pack. I cut three panels which were just an eight of an inch smaller on each side than the sections of the card I added them to, so they measured 5 and seven eighths and 2 and three eighths for the side panels and 2 and seven eighths for the centre panel.
Next I took more Whisper White and popped it through the Big Shot using an embossing folder from Stampin' Up! called Softly Falling. I love this folder it's so versatile and although gives a snowfall effect it is useable year round to create stunning relief and texture on projects.
I cut the two side panels at 5.75 inches and 2.25 inches and the centre panel at 2.75 inches.
I used Tombow liquid adhesive to stick the mat and layers to the base.
I added two strips of Champagne Foil from Stampin' Up! to the inside of the folds either side of the centre to just add a little finish to them. These measured half an inch by 5.75 inches.
Next I took a Sissix embossing folder and die set which I've had in my collection for some time and embossed and cut out the trees, snowflake, sentiments and frame from champagne foil and added them to the card using dimensionals. I do love this set and it just works so well with the foil.
I love how the Champagne foil changes colour and can look more golden next to the gold foil of the background or how it can catch light and look more silver. Standing next to a candle this card throws off some beautiful colours. I just love it.
In the video you see me make a belly band from the speciality DSP that I used for the mat on the card but you don't need this. I toyed with adding other things to it but eventually decided that this minimalist opulent style was really appealing to me and so I left the fabulous textures and clean lines to speak for themselves.
The finished dimension would require a 6 x 6 inch envelope.
I hope you enjoy the hop. Please do go and check out the other posts and show some love for the creativity you'll find. Thank you so much for dropping in on me and even though my rudimentary card making skills are not a patch on so many others out there, I love to give things a go and by dong that I'll improve. We all have to start somewhere so if you're not a crafter why not start with something nice and easy like this?