Day 6 and we've reached the halfway mark. So I thought it would be a good time to reflect on the cards I've made so far:
But of course, you're here to see today's card! You've already seen a sneak peak of it at the top of this post and if you guessed it's called Reflections, then you'd be right! This name couldn't have been more apt as I had all sorts of difficulties photographing it because of the reflections off the acetate. But anyway, here it is:
I used the Cuttlebug and holly embossing folder to create the background for this one. To get the beautiful shimmery colour on the leaves (which the camera hasn't picked up), I swiped them with a Versamark Watermark inkpad and then dusted on Polished Pigments. There are other mica powders you could use (Pearl Ex, Perfect Pearls, etc) - I just happened to have a couple of nice greens in the Polished Pigments so I used those. I stamped Mon Arbre with black StazOn ink and traced over the image with Uniball Signo white pen.
In the two top corners, I punched some small holes through the 2 layers and pushed some knotted raffia through and then secured the ends to the back with tape. I didn't want to do the same thing on the other two bottom corners so to keep the acetate in place, I wrapped a length of crochet cotton around the bottom and sides. It ties in well with the raffia.
I've run a small piece of gold mirror card through the Cuttlebug and then used an emery board to distress it just a little. You can see that better in the detail photo at the top of the post. The word reflections is from Collections and the scrapbook paper is from Kaszazz.
This is the closest I've come to traditional Christmas colours so far and although they're very muted, I quite like the effect. A subtle tartan or plaid paper would have worked quite well in place of the Kaszazz paper too and that brings to mind a Christmas song, Christmas in Killarney, from my all-time favourite Christmas Album: Bing Cosby's White Christmas. I have that CD playing in the background as I write this - I can assure you there's no better way to get into the Christmas mood than playing some Christmas music.