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.