Three degrees

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Whilst rummaging in the craft room at the weekend I came across some snowy acetate I bought a couple of years ago. Nothing like rediscovering an old friend, is there? I decided to give it a bit of a workout. Also, those who read my posts regularly may remember that a vital Christmas die went missing a few weeks ago. The guilty party is either the cat or a poltergeist, because the die was returned last week. Left in the middle of the living room floor. Hmmm. I am pretty sure forensic testing would detect kitty DNA, or at least tuna… Anyway, it is back so Christmas is no longer cancelled.

To the cards, then. The first ‘degree’ of difficulty, is well, not in the least bit difficult really. I used the Deer Family die as it is, plus a banner greeting. A square of the snowy acetate was layered over royal blue card for the background sky, 3D foam and done. Total absolute beginner level. I think it would be good for a male Christmas card, maybe?

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For the second degree, well there was a bit more thinking required for the composition, but once that was done it was simple to put together. Here I have used acetate to make the base card: it is sturdy enough to stand up with no problem. This time for the Deer Family I cut away the circular dome, so they are just silhouettes on a strip of card. I stamped and embossed the sentiment onto vellum and then wrapped the vellum around the layer with the Tree Landscape and adhered this to the piece with the deer. For acetate cards you need to tidy up the inside too, so nobody sees the gluey mess that is your shame. Just cover it up with another bit of card and nothing to see here! You also need somewhere to write. Well, unless you don’t like the recipient enough to bother, but then why are you sending the card?! My top tip for this (only thought of it today) is to flip the card over so the front is facing down on your work surface. Now you can easily layer a panel to line up with whatever is on the card front. Then you can turn the card the right way up, open it and align the interior panel perfectly with the one you have stuck to the very back of the card. Hurrah!

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Now, the third degree of difficulty. I could have done with a lie down in a darkened room after this. All the dies are from different companies, so not intended to be used together but I had in my head that a diorama style would be fun. Fun for who, exactly?? I jest. It was a good thing to try and I felt I had achieved something. I’m not going to explain how I did it, because part-way in I had a bit of an epiphany and may have come up with a better and easier method. I will test it out and share if it works.

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I do have a question to throw out there though. I want a detail gold embossing powder that is a really rich, bright, warm gold. The one I used on the first card here is, to be fair, at least 12 years old, but it is too ‘muddy’. Also, it MUST be a detail powder. Anyone got any recommendations? Oh and acetate, nightmare to photograph. I think you can see the roof of the house across the road in one of these shots and our guttering in another….how picturesque!

Long list of supplies today:

Clearly Besotted Tree Landscape and Mini Basic Banners dies; Lawn Fawn Village Border die; Memory Box Deer Family Circle die; X-Cut Rectangle Parenthesis Large dies; The Ton Holiday Lyrics (Dashing Through the Snow); Clearly Besotted Mini Basic Banners III stamps; Hunkydory snowy acetate. Rest of supplies from stash.

 

 

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Happiness is…polka dots??!

Ab-so-bloomin-lutely it is. Love, love, love a polka dot. Doesn’t everyone? Sure they do. But I really, reeeeeally love them. So picture the hand-clapping glee (and a tiny bit of jumping up and down) at finding an unapologetically simple dotty background stamp. It is going to change my world. And it starts right here:

dotty twins

 

I’ll be seeing spots before my eyes, and I can’t wait.

Background dotty cling stamp from The Ton. Hello die from Poppystamps. Love die from Memory Box. Tiny heart dies from Docrafts.

 

Achoo…

Fighting the germs. Cutting, folding and sticking helps. NHS has missed a trick. Should be available on prescription. See, am so germy I can’t…form…a whole…sentence.

TL rose on taupe

I wanted to emboss the sentiment on to vellum with this, but I couldn’t make it happen and kept messing up, breaking things and even did some permanent damage to tools. One of those days. Don’t know why it didn’t occur to me earlier to just cut a word die from vellum too and stick it on. Have chose to blame the hazy head. I am very happy with the end result, although this could be a paracetamol-induced state and tomorrow I may be covered with embarrassment.

The roses are from the Tattered Lace Charisma die and CD range, the Love word die is by Memory Box and backing paper is Dovecraft Floral Muse, which is gorgeous. The vellum is from anywhere that sells vellum! Oh look, I’m cured! Paper is a powerful weapon. Use it wisely.