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Friday 15 January 2016

Holly Wreath Christmas Cards

Right then, just a couple of versions of this card, then I'll give the Christmas Card posts a break for a while.  The Holly Wreath is a Sweet Poppy stencil, and I did two versions, on black card and on white.

You can see the holly looks a little variegated, and that came about quite by accident.

I used white stencil paste, and a dark green glitter to start with, on the white card.

I maybe should have patted the glitter down a little harder at this stage, as after it had dried, and I was brushing off the excess to reduce the shedding, I ended up with quite a few white patches. Which led me to a couple of solutions.

Firstly, for the next card I coloured my white stencil paste with a green re-inker. Be very sparing with the ink you add- you don't want to make your stencil paste too runny. So try to pick a reinker close to the colour you want, rather than the usual method of starting light and adding ink to get darker.

Have a tub with a lid handy to save any excess paste in too.

 I also decided to patch up the bare spaces using Indigo Blu's Flitter Glu through the original stencil.

 Using a small piece of Cut'n'Dry foam to add the glue.

I re- attached the stencil, then worked my way around the bare patches.

Then I added a brighter shade of green glitter than I used the first time.

As you can see, there are lots of places for holly berries, and this was where I used up most of my red acrylic gems.
I used a mix of 3mm and 4mm ones.

There is also no greeting in this stencil, and I solved this by using a green marker to colour some silver Christmas Peel-offs. I'll get down them one way or another!

This was the wreaths on black card after a touch up.

Final addition was a torn corner of Christmas Paper- something else I have way too much of- and a little green ink sponged around the edge.The image was matted onto black card, both had their corners rounded, then mounted onto a 5x5 card base.


Julia Dunnit said...

My preference is for the White card, but man, they look great, love the two glitter colours, gotta love a happy accident. I feel I need flitter glue in my Arsenal now..

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

I love the pale green on black card, it looks really effective :)

Krisha said...

ALL are stunning!! and what's not to love about glitter....LOL
Stumbling onto the variegation of greens really gave the wreath a POW!!

Kim said...

Very cool! I think I like the black card ones best...

Twiglet said...

Another week flies by and here I am trying to visit a few Wednesday desks on Saturday!! Beautiful card - well worth the extra effort! I couldn't resist leaving my comment here instead of below! x Jo

My name is Cindy said...

Loving that holly on black!

Aimeslee Winans said...

Awesome tutorial for us, Shaz, and lovely cards! If you posted nothing else but Christmas cards all year, I'd be happy! xoxo, Aimeslee

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