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Sunday 28 May 2017

Christmas Card Club Challenge 11- Mistletoe & Wine

This fortnights challenge has been set by Rita, and is called 'Mistletoe & Wine'.
Well, the card I ended up making is nothing like I originally had in my head, mainly because when I finally found the word stamp I knew had the phrase on it, the words were nowhere near as large as I'd remembered, so wasn't going to work for what I had in mind.
You can see, they are just tiny words in one corner, even though the stamp, from The Stamp Bug Artifacts range, is actually called Mistletoe & Wine!

So, I needed a Plan B. Which is when my eye was caught by a stamp set I'd seen at Happy Stampers, but had sold out so I ordered it online when we got back. It was lay on my desk. waiting for me to get round to putting it away.
It's from a company called Stamps by Me, and is called 'Cheers'. 
 You get the two wine glasses, and in the top left corner, the splodgey shapes are wine to go in them. The guy at HS said that if you ink the stamp, then spritz with water,  it looks totally realistic.
 Anyway, I now had a new plan, so hunted out some heat resistant acetate, some  pigment inks and embossing powders, and set to work.

I stamped the wine glasses twice, once in gold pigment ink, once in silver, both by Encore. Heat embossed them in gold & silver detail powder- even though the acetate is heat resistant, you really do need to watch it carefully, and keep the heat gun moving. I had it in one spot on the silver for a second or two too long, and it buckled a little. It did flatten a little after it cooled, so I may still be able to use it. But went with the Gold ones for this card.

 For the 'red wine', I used Brilliance
Pearlescent ink in Crimson, and for the 'white wine', Encore Champagne metallic. Both heat embossed with clear powder. One thing I did notice was that the 'wine' doesn't fit the glasses perfectly, I had to fill in at the bottom, using a cotton bud dabbed on the inkpad. It probably works fine if you mist with water, but that wasn't going to work with pigment ink & acetate. I cut out both pairs of wine glasses.

 Now for the 'Mistletoe' part! I have a Sweet Poppy stencil of a Mistletoe wreath, and decided to use this, onto white cardstock. I mixed a custom colour for the mistletoe, using Cosmic Shimmer Clear stencil paste, and adding some Adirondack Meadow re-inker, as well as a dollop of darkish green Mica powder.

Spread over the stencil, no idea whether I'll get a shimmery paste or not, just an experiment!
It seemed to work ok, got a little shimmer, and a fairly realistic colour for the mistletoe.

I used an 8"x8" square base card, as the 'wine' showed up better against a white background. The patterned paper down the left side  just broke up the plainness a little. I matted the wreath onto dark green, then red cardstock, and fixed it off centre, so I could add the wine glasses. I stuck them down with a few blobs of Glossy Accents behind the embossing & wine.
 Some half pearls were added as mistletoe berries, and finally a small peel off greeting in gold.


scrappymo! said...

This is beautiful! I love how you made the wreath with the stencil and the acetate wine glasses must look so real!

Rita said...

Oh my Goodness Shaz. Wonderful take on the theme. Love your card girl. I used Acetate too on my bottle and glass. Love this stamp set. Hugs Rita xxx

dutchess said...

Wow Shaz this is fabulous...I just love that paste through the stencil...the acetate,and those fabulous stamps...great make for the challenge...xxxx

rachel said...

this is a brilliant make on this theme Shaz - I love what you have done! Those glasses look fabulous and I love the inners - what a fab idea!!!! Big hugs rachel x

Carol said...

This looks fabulous Shaz, love your plan B. Carol x

cuilliesocks said...

OMGosh Shaz what a gorgeous card and a real labour of love, lots gone into it. I love the composition and using the acetate is a super idea, Kate x

Cara said...

A brilliant way to fit the brief! Love the wine glasses, they look so realistic x

Rainey's Craft Room said...

A great card Shaz, love those wine glasses, what a fab stamp, must take a look at that brand for myself.

Granmargaret said...

Lovely card.

Unknown said...

Hey hun - came to see your desk - hoping all is well with you, much love Doonexxx

Mrs A. said...

Gosh shaz, go to the top of the glass with this card. It is gorgeous . Love your detailing . That sure is a super stamp set. Not got the Internet at present so can only blog as and when I can get a connection. Hugs Mrs A.

Kelly said...

Pretty card, Shaz! Bummers the wine doesn't quite fit the glass but we crafters do love a challenge. Popping in to let you know I missed you this week (417) and hope all is well. Creative Blessings! Kelly #36

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