White on White Christmas Foliage

Hi there, After a few days making cards for my DT posts for the next few weeks, I decided to make a card to enter some challenges. A few caught my eye. Here is my card:

I really am a fan or white on white cards, especially for Christmas. For this card, I hunted out a lot of my oldie but goodie Sue Wilson dies – some dating back to 2014 – I am never, ever getting rid of these dies – my ‘go-to’ when it comes to die cutting and Christmas in particular.

I have found with white on white cards, that leaving some of the elements to – well – hang around creates some shadow and dimension. For instance – I don’t glue every single branch and leaf down – I just glue the stem, or a leaf or two, and let the rest wriggle around there. This creates movement when the card is handled by the recipient, too.

The Gemini Junior went through a work-out for this card – all that die cutting! I have also bought some new plates so it cuts better – not warped currently – and I have even followed Jennifer McGuire when she taped some of the plates together to try and prevent warping……you can check the video out HERE.

Now, she does state several times that she is defying the rules – but hey – anything which gives me a chance of reducing the warping on my plates – then I’ll try it.

You can see each element I have die cut and how they are arranged, adding a little pearl to the middle of the poinsettia – even the pearl is a white one!

All this die-cutting takes me back to when I first started crafting – rather card making. Lots of die-cutting, very little stamping…..purely because I couldn’t stamp correctly, the images where never clear and solid.

We all know the arrival of the Misti stamping tool was revolutionary – it was for me anyway. From there onwards my whole way of crafting changed – I even took to trying some colouring…….!

So – this card brought back happy memories of years gone by, and made me realise how my card making has changed – I feel I am so much more versatile now – I will try a lot more techniques – some you win, some you lose – but hey – as long as we are having fun, right?

Anyhoo, I digress – I seem to be in a chatty mood – somebody better warn my hubby……………….. 🙂

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Christmas 24 Challenge Christmas Foliage

Fezziwigs Festive Frolics anything goes festive

52CCT – Christmas and all white (you can have black for the sentiment)

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge – anything goes Christmas – option to use red (not taken)

Merry Little Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Die Cut DivasChristmas and die cuts

Christmas Joy Wreath

Hello there. A new challenge has begun at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. The theme is – anything goes Christmas. Here is my card:

I used a whole bunch of Sue Wilson die sets for this card, which involved a lot of die cutting. I changed my mind several times during the process of making it.

The base is 8 inch square, with a layer of dark green mirri card and rose gold mirri card. I ‘gutted’ the hidden parts of these pieces and die cut some of the other elements – you can’t let such card go to waste can you?

Once the two base layers were stuck down, I cut a dark green mirri circle and stuck that down with 3D foam as I knew I wanted to layer some of the elements under the edge, so this made it easier.

The trailing ivy die cuts were slotted in underneath the edge of the circle, just to soften the harsh line, and the holly branch die cuts were stuck down around the edge of the circle – but on top of it.

I added some more holly die cuts to the top corners, and some mosaic leaves to the bottom corners – I just couldn’t stop die cutting and using the elements!

The word ‘Joy‘ was die cut, and adhered with very tiny 3D foam which I cut down myself.

It was really, really, difficult to capture the vivid dark green and the rose gold to it’s full beauty but here are a few more photos:

I hope you can come and join us for this challenge, and I look forward to seeing you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Trimmies Craft ChallengeChristmas

A Bit More Time To Craftanything goes

Happy Little Stampers Christmas ChallengeChristmas with option of wings

Christmas at Sweet Stampin Christmas and feature a sentiment