Saturday, 26 August 2017

CCT - August technique

Here is another card for our challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown. 

The challenge is embossed impressions and you still have one week to play:

I used the same die and technique as my last card but I used a piece of vellum for the embossing. This was just an experiment to see how it would turn out. 
It looked good but needed a dark background to show it off properly. I used a scrap of black. 
I wish I'd tried to iron out the crease in the vellum. This is something which I find happens sometimes with embossing a die. I'm not sure why so if anyone knows, I'd be interested. I also wish I'd placed the ribbon better. I know I'm being picky but it's my card so it's my prerogative. You can see the paper is slightly ripped too. 

As unusual it wasn't easy to photograph but I hope you get the idea. The silver embossing looks really good with the vellum and I added a touch of pink which does brighten it up.

I've used snippets so I'm jumping over to Pixie's Snippets Playground - use snippets
It's also August Rudolf Days at Scrappy Mo's - make a Christmas card. 


  1. Wow! this is an incredible look, Alison. I am off to visit your previous card with the whole technique, because I don't quite understand - even though your photos are amazing. IT IS GORGEOUS. hugs, de

  2. This is a stunning card. You are so right about the touch of is perfect here. I love the wet and dry embossed snowflake and the matching sentiment.
    Thanks for taking part in the August Rudolph Days Challenge.

  3. Got me giggling here Alison - you produce and amazing card like this and then proceed to pick it to pieces! I know, your card, your prerogative - and to be honest we're all inclined to do that. But it looks just perfect!

    Re. embossing the vellum I need to skip back and look at your previous post - I have a hunch but want to check first. Back in a minute!

    Thank you for coming to play in the Snippets Playground!


    Di xx

  4. Me again! good job I went to look as for some reason I was thinking of using an embossing folder rather than a die for embossing. However, what I do with folders and vellum could well work here. You need a piece of paper between the die and the vellum to sort of reduce the stretching of the vellum. Trial and error really and it's a long while since I did it but even a piece of paper on either side of the vellum could help. Hope this makes sense. Vellum is designed to have some 'give' in it for parchment work and am sure you need to try to protect it a bit. Another thought, but I've never tried this one - you could die cut the shape from card and use that as a sort of mask around the edge of where you intend to work (would need careful placement) on the vellum before embossing? Ha, that's your Playground task for the week - be sure to hand your homework into Parsnip by Friday! Snigger :)

    Di xx

  5. Such a pretty snowflake!!
    Thank you so much for joining us at the Rudolph Days Challenge!
    Rudolph Days Challenge DT
    Dr Sonia

  6. A beautiful classy looking card Alison. Barbxx

  7. Beautiful effect Alison! It looks just like ice Xx

  8. WoW what a beautiful card you made, Alison :-)) I like your pretty snowflake. Fantastic job!
    Hugs, Andreja

  9. Alison - your card is gorgeous! I love the little bits of pink - just perfect!

    Hugs, Gill xx

  10. Such a pretty effect of the embossing on the vellum. Thank you so much for the it x


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