Saturday, 2 December 2017

December - How did we get here?

Hello lovely crafters,
Suddenly we find ourselves in December. I know I'm not the only one who wonders how we got here and that the world must be spinning faster on it's axis. 
We have our final Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge for 2017 and it runs all month. 

Hopefully you have a nice little pile of Christmas Cards stashed away but if not we are asking you to Pick a Previous CCT challenge from the 2012/13. There is plenty of choice and you can see the lists of themes, sketches, colours and stash/technique archives at the top of our challenge page.

Here is my card inspired by the August 2013 challenge - Holly. Click here to see that challenge. There are some fabulous cards there. 

I used one of my favourite techniques for this. I stamped all over a piece of watercolour paper with holly stamps and embossed in clear powder. Then I wet the paper and used Brushos to all over. 
I should perhaps have tried to keep the green off the berries but instead I used water to fade the green, once the sheet was dry, but finished up using a drop of bleach in the water to help. I'm not really allowed to play with bleach having ruined various pieces of clothing over the years! I really only used a drop here though.
I rather like the blue berries but, for the sake of tradition, I went with red. 

After I'd bleached out the green I added Scarlet Brusho and blotted to give paler colour. 
The final step is to iron off the embossing powder with a hot iron and plenty of copy paper under the iron to absorb the sticky mess. 
I only used a quarter of this sheet so you may well be seeing more of it at a later date. 
I finished it off with some washi tape and bow and also a little heart which is punched out, inked and covered with Glossy Accents. I made 6 of these for another project and only used one. Now I've used 2, lost one, found it again and still have 4 left.  
The holly stamp is Honey Doo and the sentiment Creative Stamping #49. 

I hope you'll find time to join in with our challenge. 
Thanks for visiting and Enjoy Your Day. x


  1. Love your Brusho holly panel - it looks so striking against the lovely ribbon and the white space - gorgeous card! xxx

  2. This is a really striking card Alison and I love the effect you've achieved using Brushos and bleach, to add the ribbon on an angle finishes it off perfectly x

  3. These are gorgeous! I am determined to give this wonderful technique a try now...

  4. Great techniques used on your beautiful card - love it! Hugs xx

  5. Elle est très élégante Alison, j'avoue que le houx est vraiment synonyme de noel pour moi alors j'ai beaucoup d'affection pour ce thème, biz

  6. Wow! I love the bleach technique combined with the Brusho's, Alison! Beautifully done! Your berries look fantastic with that little dot of white highlighting - that stamp is gorgeous! I have become your newest google follower! hugs, de {Creative Smiles - my little crafting world}

  7. This is lovely Alison. A great technique and I love the colours. Wishing you and your family a very Happy Christmas and I look forward to visiting you again in the new year. Barbxx

  8. You made such a beautiful festive card :-))
    I wish you a Happy New Year 2018!
    Hugs, Andreja


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