Friday, 17 October 2014

Visions of Santa dancing on vellum

By rights, I should be in Brussels at the European Stampin’ Up!® Convention, but unfortunately I and my team decided not to go this year, for various reasons. It’s probably a good thing, as this bug I’ve had has totally wiped me out, and Convention is exhausting. But I can’t help feeling a pang as I look at the clock and think “right now, I’d be swapping’... or “Shelli will be taking the stage about now...”

I have a lot to do today so will have to keep myself away from the computer, where I’ll be tempted to stalk other demonstrators for snippets of info!

So, back to business and today’s project. When creating a project for the Around the World Challenge, I actually made two cards. This was the first one but I wasn’t totally happy with it. In fact, I may yet still go back and tweak it. 

I really liked the idea of stamping the Santas on either side of the vellum so that the image was reversed. You can see from this image that I coloured on each side, too, as one Santa is paler than the other. This is the tweak I’m going to make as it’s not too late to go back and add more colour. 

My favourite thing about this card is the Kraft cardstock, which looks fab stamped with white snowflakes. 

I used the Apothecary Accents framelits dies to cut out the shape from the Kraft cardstock, and also to cut the same shape from a piece of Cherry Cobbler, which I used to line the inside of the front of the card to hide any adhesives. While I don’t normally line my cards, I don’t like to see anything like adhesives, brad backs etc inside! And I did create a Whisper White panel on the inside of this one, so that it shows through the vellum and enables you to see the main image better. 

Other sneaky techniques I used are on the embellishments. I coloured our Basic Rhinestones with my Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities so that they’re sparkly and red. And I dipped the end of the twine in some Crystal Effects to stop it unravelling and fraying. 

I do hope you’re warming to this Santa set. I haven’t had much positive feedback about it from my customers and team, but apparently it’s very popular. I went from hating it to loving it so maybe you can too! 

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