Saturday, 1 July 2017

Christmas Card Throwdown - July Sketch

We have a new challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown. This time it's a sketch. 

It's nice and simple and very versatile, I think, so I hope you'll get creative and join in. 

I embossed the baubles with clear embossing powder and couldn't resist adding a few flourishes. The flooded the area with water and brusho powder. My spray bottle has stopped spraying so I used a brush to spread both around. Then I went off to work while it dried. It has to be done, I fit it in aroung cards and gardening as you see!

It's always fun to come back and see what has happened and what patterns have been created. 

I ironed off the embossing powder. You do this using quite a hot iron. I use the back of a large paper pad as a solid base and a few sheets of scrap paper to absorb the melted embossing powder. (I've never got any on the iron). It's one of my favourite techniques.

I embellished with gold thread, gems and also a gold gel pen for a few dots on the bauble. Oh, and gold embossing round the edge which adds a frame but no extra layers. 
I used washi tape and a die cut for the sentiment. Also coloured with a gold gel pen.

You have two weeks to join in the fun. The challenge ends on 14th July. 
Thanks for visiting and Enjoy The Day. x


  1. Wow what a fantastic background and the result is a super card.....very different for a Christmas card and really nice. I have never tried ironing my embossing...have enough ironing of the boring sort!

  2. An amazing card! I love the effect you have created by ironing the embossing. That technique always reminds me of batik Xx

  3. This really is a very beautiful card Alison. Green is my favourite colour. A lovely technique too. Barbxx

  4. Quel magnifique fond Alison, j'aime beaucoup cet effet aquarelle , biz

  5. Fabulous background. The colour is super with the gold embellishments. I really should try this technique but not enough hours in the day. The garden beckons constantly. Hugs Mrs A.

  6. Gorgeous, I love your technique to colour the background its so striking and unusual. Fab card Alison x

  7. You made such a beautiful card and I like how you take our sketch :-))
    Hugs, Andreja

  8. I was wondering how you'd done the background! I've seen this technique before but never done it, and had forgotten about it! I got brushos recently so might have to try it - if I can find the iron!

  9. Oh wow! I love this, so pretty. The ornaments are lovely and that rich green is fab (I love greens) the touch of gold is so elegant. xx


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