Friday, 26 February 2016

Mmmm, yummy

Gingerbread man Christmas card with candy canes

Gingerbread man Christmas card close up

52 CCT Christmas Baking challengeAnother week, another 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge. I'm not getting much time to craft at the moment, but doing this challenge means I make at least one card a week. This time it's a Christmas Baking theme. I had no idea what design to do, but I knew straight away I wanted to use an idea I saw on TV last year - mixing spices with embossing powder so your card smells Christmassy! It's a bit wasted on a blog, but hopefully the final recipient of the card will get the benefit, and it makes me happy.

Having been through my dies, stamps and papers, I had no images that would work for this challenge, so I had to start from scratch. I folded some copier paper in half and started to draw gingerbread man shapes - it took a few iterations to get one I was happy with.

Creating a gingerbread man template

I drew round my template onto kraft card, and cut it out.

Gingerbread man shape in kraft card

Time to make up the special embossing powder! It turns out we don't have allspice or powdered cloves (or ground ginger), so I stuck with cinnamon. I mixed it with metallic copper, then tried embossing with it. I had to reduce the proportion of cinnamon - I started with nearly a quarter of the mix as spice, but that didn't emboss well, so I added more embossing powder to make it about an eighth cinnamon.

I covered the gingerbread shape in natural pigment ink (I found that worked better than watermark ink, which soaked in), and embossed it.

Gingerbread man shape embossed in copper with cinnamon added

The finish is a bit gritty compared to normal, but looks quite realistic for gingerbread (if gingerbread was shiny!)

Next to decorate the gingerbread man. I'd thought of using white embossing powder and a versa mark pen, but didn't think that would work over the existing embossing. Instead, I dug out some white outline relief paste. I used to do a lot of glass painting; I haven't done any for ages but still have the materials. Using the paste is often compared to piping icing, so I thought it should do the job nicely.

Gingerbread man shape embossed in copper and decorated with white paste and gems

I don't know about you, but I'm pretty impressed with how realistic this looks!

I used black and red little gems for the eyes and buttons.

The only food related item I had in my stash was a candy cane stamp, so I thought I'd use that as well, it'd go nicely with the feel of the card.

I tried it two ways - I stamped it on white in red pigment ink, and heat embossed with clear powder, and also stamped in white on red card, and embossed in white.

Candy cane stamp on red card with white heat embossing
Candy cane stamp in red on white card

I preferred the ones on red, until I cut them out.

Red and white candy cane stamped images, cut out

Now it's the red on white that I think looks better, so we'll go with those.

I cut a mount in white and another, larger one in kraft card, to fit on a 6x6 card base. They look a little plain though, so I got out the harlequin stencil from Clarity, to add a little interest to the background. It's quite a simple pattern which I think works with the simple style of the gingerbread man and canes.

I used a stencil brush to add fired brick distress ink to the white mount, and brushed corduroy to the kraft card.

Harlequin background, red on white
Harlequin background, brown on kraft card

I also got this pice of waste paper, which I think looks great, so I'll save that for the stash.

Red and brown harlequin pattern

I went round the edge of the white mount with a red sharpie and a ruler. I edged the kraft card after I mounted it onto the card base, by drawing outside the edge in a red pen.

I used foam tape for the gingerbread man and the white mount, and tiny foam pads cut in half for the candy canes.

Gingerbread man Christmas card with candy canes

Gingerbread man Christmas card close up

And there you have it, my sweet, aromatic Christmas baking card.


  1. oooh, this is so sweet! I love it and how you made the gingerbread man :)
    Thanks for sharing it at 52CCT :)

    1. Thanks Kaja. I wasn't sure about this theme at first, but actually it was a lot of fun, nice to do something a bit different.

  2. Wow - this is super. I think your Gingerbread guy looks very yummy! And calorie free too :) Thanks so much for playing along with our Christmas Baking theme at 52CCT. Deborah, DT.

    1. Yes, a guilt free treat! I'm not particularly fond of gingerbread, so I'll take this version any day!


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