Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Crisp Winter

Since I have another card already done I thought I would have a second post today.  Here is another card I've made with a Marks Finest Papers Stamp set, this time a Christmas card!!

I know I shouldn't go on about my own stuff, but isn't it so pretty!!?  The techique I used for stamping the trees is not new, I think I first learned it years ago.  Its one of those things that you kind of forget about over time, and then I saw it somewhere which reminded me.  If I could remember where I would tell you but I can't for the life of me, but I knew instantly that this would be the perfect stamp to use.

It is a really easy technique, basically you just stamp the same image 3 times without reinking.  This causes the image to be lighter and lighter each time.  If you stagger the image like I did, it looks like the three original trees are actually a forest and the trees further back are blurred by mist or snow.  This is such an easy yet impressive technique! When my husband first saw the card he thought it was just a pre-printed photo I put on my card, he didn't realize it was a stamp until I told him, lol.  :)

Once I had my image stamped I sprayed two shades of shimmer mist over the top to give an effect of snow, then inked the edges with light brown and navy.  I chose coordinating papers, cut everything down, inked the edges, and put everything together with some ribbon.  A few hat pins and gem stones finshed the card front off!

For the inside I inked a piece of white and stamped two sentiments from the same set.  I added some shimmery snowflakes I had punched from some spritzed scraps.

This card took more time than usual to put together, but it was really fun to let myself have the luxury of taking the time.  I'm glad I did as this card is sooo pretty!  I love it so much, maybe I'll just send it to myself so that I can put it on my mantle to admire!  Ok, maybe not, lol.  :)

Don't forget to visit the Marks Finest Papers Store to see everything they have to offer!

Here are the products I've used to make my card:

Card Stock:  Stampin' Up!  Night of Navy.  Neenah Solar White.  Fancy Pants Winterland 6x6 pad.

Stamps:  Marks Finest Papers All is Calm

Ink:  Stampin' Up!  Night of Navy, Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink Creamy Brown.

Mists:  Tattered Angels Frost, Glacier.

Embellishments:  May ArtsRed Seam Binding, May Road star pin, Marks Finest Papers white flower hat pin, Scrappin' Supplies rhinestones.

Adhesive:  Foam Tape, Scotch ATG, Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue.

Tools:  Paper trimmer, bone folder, scissors, Ranger Blending tool, Sponge, Stampin' Up Snow Blossom punch.

I would like to enter the following challenges:
  1. Creative Card Crew - Tree
  2. Stampin For the Weekend - Starting Christmas Early
  3. Hiding in my Craft Room - Distressing
  4. Creative Craft Challenges - Anything Goes


Anonymous said...

this is a stunning card! I absolutely love the technique with this particular stamp. I have a simliar one so I will have to try it. Usually my 3 try stamping does not work as well..LOL

Kirsten said...

Very pretty Cathy! :)

Cathy Clouston said...


KraftyKoolKat said...

You are right sweetie this is awesome!!! Lol!!! Thank you for sharing it with us at Creative Card Crew and good luck.


wannabcre8tive said...

This is so pretty, I like that technique. I will have to try it.

Cheryl said...

You're right it is just soo pretty! Love that technique :) Thanks for playing along with the Creative Card Crew!