Friday, 18 March 2016

Green and white

A colour challenge over at the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge this week.

Julie did ask us to think beyond trees and holly, but this was done this afternoon at the last minute, so please forgive me! At least the tree is white not green!

I started with Clarity stencil card, and added colour with distress inks - pine needles, mowed lawn and squeezed lemonade. I used stencil brushes and my brayer, creating a gradation of colour across the card.

I added circles of the same colours, using Jo's bubbles stencil from Clarity and a blending tool.

I also tried making circles by lifting off colour with water. I worked well but the water tended to bleed so the circles weren't defined enough.

I put a double sided adhesive sheet onto the back, then cut the sheet into strips 1.5cm wide.

I then turned half of them around, and stuck them onto copier paper.

I trimmed it down to an even shape, and edged it with pine needles distress ink. That gives me a green background.

My topper is a fancy Christmas tree cut from centura pearl card with a spellbinders die.

To finish the card, I matt the background onto plain green card, then mount on a white 8x8 card, cut down across the bottom. The finishing touch is some white gems on the corners.

Quite simple, but I like the way the background has turned out, modern and clean.


  1. Really nice card! I love the delicate tree!:)
    Thanks for sharing it at 52CCT :)

    1. Thanks, it's a great die isn't it? I've used it to make the points of a star as well as as a tree. Very versatile!

  2. Absolutely super! I really like the way you created the background! Thanks so much for playing along with 52CCT this week! Deborah, DT.

    1. Thanks Deborah, it's the first time I've tried this technique, always good to have a play with something new.

  3. Love this! Thanks so much for giving directions too. I think I am going to have to try your technique.
    Thanks for joining us at 52 CCT
    Julie T

    1. Thanks Julie. I've also sent this done where you cut it again in the other direction, and make a checked background - I haven't tried that yet.


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