The Greetery

The Greetery: A Frosty Merry Christmas

We are just days away from Christmas and it’s been a flurry in my house getting our shopping done and wrapping them up in time. While I’m still finishing some last minute holiday cards, I’m also beginning to work on Valentine and Spring projects, so I was inspired to split down the middle to create a holiday card with non-traditional soft violet and pink colors.

I love working with stencils and ink blending, so one of my favorite products this season was the Frosty Flakes Stencil. I started by layering the stencil over a piece of white card stock to set it up for ink blending. You can use washi tape to hold it down, or even more securely, you can use Pixie Spray, a low tack, repositionable adhesive, to keep it in place as you work on the ink blending.

When working with stencils, I like to use blending brushes as the bristles get closer into the corners of the stencil pattern better to give you a more crisp design. From each corner of the paper, I ink blended Victorian Velvet, Blueprint Sketch, Antique Linen distress oxide inks. Make sure you use Victorian Velvet first before adding the Blueprint Sketch to get that deep mauve color in those corners. I then sized down the panel to 4” by 5.25” with a paper trimmer.

I layered on some more snowflakes with white die cuts using the Frosty Corners Die. To get clean cuts, I used the metal adapter plate with my die cutting machine. I added the frosty corners about ¼” from the edge and adhered them down to liquid adhesive. I also die cut a small snowflake in white using the Frosty Corners Die and adhered it to the center of the card.

 I couldn’t find a color card stock that I liked to match my color scheme, so I ink blended a piece of white card stock with Victorian Velvet and Blueprint Sketch to get the soft mauve color I wanted. I heat embossed my ‘merry christmas’ sentiment from Sentiment Suite: Christmas stamp set in white, then die cut the fishtail banner using the Sentiment Suite Basics Die.

I added some gold EMC thread down the center and held it down with my sentiment banner and foam adhesive. I added a few iridescent gems around it for a little extra bling to complete the card.

This card was designed to be versatile during the winter season! With just a change of the sentiment, it would also be great for all occasions like weddings, birthdays, sympathy, thank you, and just a friendly hello!