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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Acetate foliage Christmas Card



Acetate foliage Christmas card

Acetate foliage Christmas card




















This is a very quick (and last minute) card for the 'Tis the season challenge 53.

The theme was cards inspired by a picture of ice skates, and the aspect that struck me was the fir sprigs in the skates. I've been meaning to try this technique with foliage sprigs on acetate for a while, so this was the perfect opportunity.

I used a fir branch stamp I got in a charity shop, which has proved to be a fantastic find. It's an old school rubber stamp on a wooden block, and stamps a very detailed and crisp image.

I stamped two branches and embossed with Earthtone Olive Wow Powder. I then mixed up a little of the same embossing powder with gold mica powder and made two more branches. I've not mixed up embossing powders before, but it worked really well. I thought I'd been very frugal on the mica powder, but I think I could use less for a greener result and still have the shine.

I cut each of the branches out, not having to be too fussy as the acetate is clear. I cut into two of them to separate the sprigs.

The background was a simple landscape, with two hills inked with a brayer and makeup sponge in a light blue, then I stamped a simple sentiment using the same ink mixed with a darker blue. I added snow with a white pen, but it doesn't really show.

I cut an aperture in olive green card using a X Cut frame die, and put all the pieces together on a 6x6 card.

At this point I thought it needed a little something else, so I cut and embossed a small bow from gold card using a Die-Lectables die and attached it at the bottom.

A quick card to make, but I got to try a new technique or two, and I'm pleased with both of them. Look out for more acetate foliage sprigs on Christmas cards this year!

11 comments:

  1. Love the branches creating a frame! Wonderful detail also, with the bow and embossing!

    Thanks for playing along with us at 'Tis The Season!

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    1. Thank you Lisa, looking forward to the next challenge.

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  3. What an elegant card, Lucinda! You can make so many great cards with branches like that. :) Glad you were able to try a new technique...that's always fun! Thanks for joining us at 'Tis the Season.
    Sara

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    1. Thank you Sara - I can feel a session of branch making coming on - create a stash of different colours and styles.

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  4. I love the branches! They are lovely! Thanks for playing at Tis the Season!

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    1. Thanks Lynnea, glad you like them, I think they look really effective and dimensional.

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  5. What great techniques you used for your card! Thanks for playing at TTS!

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    1. Thank you Jayme, thanks for the inspiration to get on with my Christmas cards!!

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  6. I love the way the pine is coming through the frame! It's a beautiful card!

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Lucinda