Thursday, December 2, 2010
Cuttlebug White Christmas card
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I have had this idea running in my head to make an all-white, mostly Cuttlebugged card for Christmas, and this is what I came up with. I LOVE all-white cards - they always seem to scream elegant - and I hope that I have gone some way in achieving that.
You can probably see how I made the card, but I shall explain a little of it - and if you ever have any questions, please don't hesitate to either leave a comment or drop me an EMail (my addy is on the top LHS of my Blog).
Firstly: make sure your corner-punch the cardstock before you do the dry embossing so you don't squash or mark the embossing.
There are four layers to the card: the base, the snowflakes embossing, the dots embossing and the trees. To do the dots panel, I embossed my cardstock, then very, very carefully added a top and bottom Scor-Pal line between the dots (there isn't much room so you have to be very accurate making the line - if it's crooked, it looks pretty-ordinary!), then cut the cardstock just slightly under/above the line. At first, I did the panel without the Scor-Pal line, but it just didn't look quite right - it seemed to need a "finished edge" to it. Note that I added the ribbon to this panel in 2 separate elements and the bow itself was made with my Bow Easy - then I glued this panel to the card base.
The diecut trees are a Cuttlebug Treetops die/folder combo which I bought back in 2008 when I first bought my Cuttlebug, and when I Googled it, it seems to be readily available in Australia - not sure about overseas. There are four different trees in the set, but I decided to just have 3 the same on my card. In any case, I think that even if you don't have this die, you could hand-cut some trees and either leave them plain or perhaps run them through your Cuttlebug with some other folder. I popped the trees up on 2mm mounts (dimensionals).
The sentiment was stamped with Sky gray pigment ink and heat-embossed with Pearl clear embossing powder. I love how it made the sentiment look a bit silvery, but not as bright as silver - just nice and understated - I didn't want it to stand out too much. I also ran my ink pad around the edge of the oval just to make it stand out a bit more against the Snowflakes embossing. This panel is also up on 2mm mounts.
I am entering this card into the Allsorts Challenge - Week 80 of "Monochrome" - it doesn't have to be black and white; you can use shades of one colour or any colour and white.
I am also popping this card into the Splitcoaststampers Clean and Simple CAS75 Challenge of "Dry Embossing".
Thanks for stopping by - hope to see you again soon!
Stamps: Sentiment - Waltzingmouse 'Seasons of Love' Tags clear set
Ink: Artnic Sky Gray pigment
Accessories: Cuttlebug, CB Embossing folders: Swiss dots, Snowflakes, CB Tree Tops 37-1854 die/folder combo, Spellbinder Oval Nestabilities, 2mm mounts, white organza ribbon, Bow Easy, Pearl clear embossing powder, heat-gun, Scor-Pal, Cardstock: white
Punches: Stampin' Up corner