Friday, December 19, 2008

Twelve Days of Christmas - Day 11

Day 11 is here and the Pipers weren't able to make an appearance either so I've smooshed a la Tim Holtz again but this time I've swapped the bold red, black and gold for delicate blue, white and silver.

Now the photos just don't do this card justice - it was very tricky to photograph and I might try to get some better photos which I'll add later. In real life, the card has a real WOW factor and yet it's deceptively simple!

The base of the card is made of acetate and the front was run through the Cuttlebug and then I've painted the depressions of the pattern with white Pinata alcohol ink and Claro Extender - this is the hardest part of the card! Actually, it's not that hard really, just a little time consuming, but I think it's worth the effort. Unfortunately, the photo doesn't show the embossed texture, only the painted pattern. If you didn't want to try painting and embossing the acetate, you could try stamping an image with Opaque White StazOn to get a similar effect.

For the piece of smooshed card, I used Adirondack Stream, Espresso and Silver Mixative and then stamped the tree image in Brilliance Moonlight White, embossed with white embossing powder. I trimmed the card into a triangle shape and then cut away the pot from the tree. I've attached this piece to the front of the acetate and then attached a piece of silver shimmer paper behind the tree on the inside of the acetate. You need a space to write your message on the inside of the card so I've also attached a light blue triangle on the inside, lining it up with the front and then another piece on the outside back to hide the adhesive. A ribbon down the side adds a nice finishing touch. Such a simple card!

If you'd like to see more examples of my Painted Acetate technique, check out the latest issue of Cardmaking, Stamping and Papercraft (Vol 14 Issue 6) for some Valentine's samples.

And finally, if you'd like a chance to win the blog candy posted on Day 8, then leave a comment on this post or any of the other posts in my Twelve Days of Christmas series. I'll be announcing the winner before Christmas.

Until tomorrow.......