Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Trying something new.

As I spend a lot of time (too much time!) hopping around blogland, I often read hints and tips and technique tutorials, so it is nice to give some of them a try now and then, and that is what I did for this card.

Unfortunately I can't remember where I saw this technique, but I suspect it was on a Make it Monday post. Anyway the aim is to produce a 'misty', sparkly topper, and is particularly suited to a snow picture. I wanted a sihouette image that would give a good, black picture, so I hunted through my snow folder and came up with this circle stamp set by Carolines. The holly is part of the circle frame, and there are several different, smaller stamps to fill the space so I chose the snowman. Once he was stamped I grounded him with a few pens lines. Next I cut around the frame and passed it through my Xyron machine, face down so the image was sticky. Then I carefully covered it with a used tumble-dryer sheet, and cut around it again. (I don't use a tumble drier, but a friend salvaged a couple for me). I cut this out again and then gently shook a fine irridescent glitter all over, tapping the excess off, which left this clearly visible image with a distinct shimmer.

I used a Nellie Snellen die and an off-cut of blue card for the frame. I chose a plain white base card and embossed the top, right hand section with a cuttlebug folder. The blue ribbon was from my stash, and I finished it off with several snowflakes cut with a set of Marianne dies, and blinged them up with matching gems and the same glitter as the topper, applied with a glue pen.

For those of you who don't have a Xyron, I think this would work with a good glue stick if you worked fast so the glitter was added before it dried. You might need to glitter it and then cut it out.

I am entering this card for the :-
Bah! Humbug! Challenge 43:- Snowmen.
Crafty Hazlenut's Christmas Challenge 45:- Bright colours and/or sparkle. (This one has the sparkle. I'll try to add a brighter one later in the week).
Winter Wonderland: Make your card sparkle.
Delightful Challenges: A very sparkly Christmas.
Heidis Hobbystuggu: A Christmas card with Bling or Sparkle.

Here is another little card that I made this week, this time using a Marianne large snowflake die, and a small bird on a branch die, also Marianne, which I coloured to look like a robin. I again used my Xyron to make the snowflake uniformly sticky, and covered it with fine glitter, and used stickles crystal ice to frost the branch. I shaped the leaves from little ovals, so they looked like holly and added red perfect pearls drops for some berries. The background paper is an old magazine freebie from my stash.

I am linking both of these cards to Shirley-Anne's blog to add to my tally.


Violets Corner said...

Beautiful cards, both equally lovely, but I love the second, I'm partial to colourful cards!

Warm hugs

Hazel said...

I love both cards - that technique on the first one really worked well - thanks for joining in my CHNC challenge 45 - hope to see you again soon. x

Shirley-anne said...

Hello Kate .Love your success story with new technique projects .
Love both cards .Love the glitter.
Will add to your tally .
hugs Shirley-Anne

Ann said...

Lovely to see a new technique being tried out Kate and didn't it work well. Must have a go at that myself.
Ann xxx
Bah! Humbug! DT

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Great creations, love the snowman & the sparkle is fab!

Thank you for sharing with us at Delightful Challenges this week, good luck!
Hugs Shell xx

Saskia said...

That technique is really wonderful, first time I heared of it. The scond card is lovely too, of course.

downrightcrafty said...

wow a gorgeous sparkly creation thank you so much for sharing your lovely work with us at the Winter Wonderland
Hugs Kate xx
PS I have some new candy if you are interested :)

Kathyk said...

Love your snowman card - love a bit of sparkle!


Ruth said...

What beautiful cards. I love the new technique.

Rita said...

Hi again Kate. Your card is wonderful ,lots of sparkle and glitter. Hugs Rita xxxx

Max said...

Thanks for the details of how you created this super card. Great tip to use the tumble drier sheets! Thank you for sharing with us at Bah! Humbug!

Max's Craft Creations
Bah! Humbug! Challenges DT

Hege said...

Great card you have made, and it's for sure sparkling. I like the snowman image you have used. Thank you for playing along with HeidisHobbystuggu this time. Hege.

Colleen said...

Great card and thank you for sharing a new technique.

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Shar said...

Love all the great details on your card! Awesome!

HeidisHobbystuggu said...

Lovely card! Thanks for joyning the challenge at HeidisHobbystuggu!

Shoshi said...

That's a very effective technique, Kate! Looks really snowy and coooold!!

Thanks for the comment on my blog. When I got those doilies I wasn't keen on the holey all the way to the middle but actually I like them now!! Certainly do have another go with the Ink Dusters - I don't use anything else these days. I did a tut on them which you can see here:


complete with video. Have fun!

Winnie said...

A very lovely card, love the way you made it sparkle, thank you for joining heidishobbystuggu christmascard with glitter and sparkle challenge this month

Hugs Winnie DT

Eva Marie said...

Lovely sparkling card, nice effect you have tried.
Thanks for playing along at HeidisHobbystuggu!

Bettina L. said...

Such a lovely card with that snowman. Love the embossing, colour combo and that sparkling effect. Thanks for playing at HeidisHobbystuggu and good luck. Hope to see you back next month for a new challenge. Bettina xx