Saturday, 23 March 2013

PP day 2 - Bold Christmas

Day 2 of the Pattern Play online card class focussed on patterned paper and stamping, and Jennifer McGuire  showed this cool technique of using emboss resist (using a stamp with a solid pattern) and distress ink to alter your patterned paper.

Jennifer used a bold and solid floral pattern stamp for the resist technique, but since I didn't have anything similar, I used the most solid patterned stamp I had (Tweed background stamp by Hero Arts), to alter the floral paper below.

After heat-embossing the stamped image in clear embossing powder (Hero Arts), I inked the paper panel with distress ink (Broken China by Ranger's). Because the embossed panel proved extremely busy with the glossy embossed pattern, I removed the embossing again (after inking) by placing paper towel on top and heating it with my iron (another technique shown by Jennifer). The paper towel absorbs the embossing power, leaving a clean (or almost clean) paper. In hindsight, I might have gotten the same result by stamping my background stamp in colour right away (due to the type of stamp I used), but at least I got to try this technique and love the result.

I combined my boldly coloured paper panel with two pattened papers from 2 different Kaisercraft 6x6 pads (Chanteuse Collection & Bubblegum Hills Collection) and a small strip of white cardstock. The Christmas tree and sentiment chipboard elements are from a set by Bella BLVD (Christmas wishes) and were adhered using foam pads. I added some gloss and texture to the tree with Glossy accents and 2 Sakura gel pens (clear and white).

I just love how I have turned a flowery paper into a perfect background for a bold and bright Christmas card. It ties in nicely with the "Merry" theme over at the Festive Friday challenge blog that I have just found.

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
CHNC - 117 Use 3 of something (3 PPs)
CHNC Extra - Always Anything Christmas goes
Totally Gorjuss - 176 Something borrowed (I repurposed the floral PP)
Festive Friday -  FF04 Merry
Great Impressions Stamps- Going green
ABC Challenge - J for Just as you like
A Blog Named Hero - 22 Free Style!


  1. This looks really great Marianne, has quite a retro feel to it.

    B x

  2. I had never seen the resist technique where you remove the embossing until someone did this for our last challenge - it seems like such a NEAT idea, and I really have to remember to try it!

    I am so glad you found our challenge blog, and I hope you enjoyed it enough to play again next time! Thanks for playing with Festive Friday!

  3. Very pretty card, Thanks for joining us at ABC for our challenge
    hugs Louise

  4. Super technique - love the paper you've used - thanks for another lovely entry for both of my CHNC challenges - look forward to seeing more of your lovely crafting soon. x

  5. Oh, my...I can't believe your results here, Marianne! And I really love your design! The colors all look great together! It's just a great card...and perfectly merry!;) So happy you've joined us, and hope to see you back!!!

  6. Love that bright green tree!

  7. Hi Marianne

    What a great technique you have shared with us - thank you and a beautiful card too.

    Thank you for joining us over at Totally Gorjuss and I wish you the very best of luck.

    I hope you will come and join in the fun with us on our next challenge.

    Happy Easter!

    Toodle Pip

    Hazel x

  8. Hi Marianne,
    I love the retro feel to this & the fab design. It looks great. Thanks for joining us at ABC Challenge.
    Andie xx

  9. Eeek! Your Christmas tree is perfect for our green challenge this month - wow you are really getting ahead start (lol!) - so glad you played with us at Great Impressions Stamps!

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