Friday, December 17, 2010

Meaning of Christmas

Here's a traditional card I made for my parents.  I'm really excited about this one, because I love the image, and there are several new techniques that I tried. 

First I stamped the image on vellum and heat embossed with gold powder.  Then I coloured the underside with copics, which was a bit tricky in that they don't fix permanently, so the ink keeps getting moved around.  I added some glitter to the Babe's clothes with a two way glue pen.

Then I applied glossy accents over the front of the image, working in between the sections of embossing.  It looks really cool in real life - like a stained glass window. 

Unfortunately the glossy accents really warped the vellum!!!  I tried to straighten it by putting it between old heavy textbooks (yeah - stamping instead of studying at night!  woo hoo!!) for a couple of days, but it only worked a little.

And then I couldn't attach the vellum using glue of any sort (because it was warped), so I had to use brads which I'm not crazy about. 

And THEN I was so worried that all that work would be ruined by a misaligned greeting (...because the vellum is warped), that I can't bring myself to do it.  I want to put it in the upper right corner.  So it might just stay like this. 

Next time, I'll do a double sided sheet of vellum (wrapping to the back) so that I can just tie a ribbon through the spine and not have to glue it, and I'll stamp the greeting early on.

Supplies - Stamps;  ?numerical name (Stamp barn), Paper - Scarlet jewel, vellum, white, Ink - versamark, copics (Scarlet jewel, Lemon tart, Spring rain), Other - yellow brads, gold embossing powder, glossy accents, glitter.  


  1. the coloring is beautiful. Sorry about the warping that is a bummer. You work so hard to get it just right and then the warping happens. Did you use PTI vellum? It is pretty thick and might withstand the technique without warping. Just a thought. Oh and I love the VW bug card - super cute!

  2. Your card is beautiful. I like the gold embossing and coloring.

  3. cool techniques...maybe you could cut around the image and then attach it on top of another piece of vellumm or cardstock?? i'm sure your parents will love it!

  4. Anna this is just LOVELY!! what a BEAUTIFUL image! How fun you tried some new techniques on it.. I am sure your parents will LOVE it!!
    Happy Holidays!!