Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Shimmering Christmas Class

Last week at our monthly club meeting I taught some Christmassy cards using different forms of shimmer and glitter. You just need those things at Christmas :)

Here are the three projects we did: (keep in mind...night photos, never quite as crisp)

Shining Tree

This is a simple card showcasing silver embossing against deeper cardstock. I love how silver looks against blue and this tree is so stunning and looks so beautiful embossed like this that it makes a pretty Christmas combination.

The wheel is used for the background and the sentiment tab uses the scallop edge punch on one side as accent. I also stamped the *flower* a 2nd time on Whisper White, embossed it and watercolored it in.

Sparkle Penguin Tag

I really love this penguin tag (sorry this picture is so small :( ) . I think he is my most used stamp in the Wild About You set. The great thing with some sets is that they really can be versatile and used for more than just their obvious purpose. Here I stamped the lower part of the tag with lots of black and white penguins (you're garden variety :) ) and then showcased our little Baja Penguin with a cute sparkly tummy (Crystal Effects and Dazzling Diamonds), some scallops a felt flurry snowflake and the (retired) sentiment from Warm Words. DP is from the Ski Slope package and some great ribbon combines for a very cute tag!

Shimmering Skaters

I LOVE this card. I loved Winter Post as soon as I saw it, but then I got and have felt stumped as to how to use it. But I really think this card is the bees' knees! (Frozen knees that is). Very vintage feeling, almost like they are having a romantic skate in a snow storm.

We used the Dryer Sheet Technique, for this card. First you stamp your image and color in if desired. Spray with Spray Adhesive (here Elmers) and then lay over and adhere a USED dryer sheet. Place in a ziplock baggie filled with Dazzling Diamonds glitter and shake till the glitter gets inbetween the dryer sheet and cardstock. Isn't it FAB!

I have to tell you a funny story about this technique. It's really important that your dryer sheets are soft, used up. But, we don't use dryer sheets. We used to, but since our little one was a baby I hadn't used them as they take away the *non-flammable* part to their jammies as infants. I just never started using them again. So my daughter and I had to go on a mission to get them from the store...ooo so many smells. Then we had to start laundry. Normally I do 5 - 7 loads a week, this week I only had 3 small loads. So I doubled up, and put in 2 dryer sheets into each load. But with each load being small the sheets just weren't getting soft...and I was starting to panic as my class was that night. So I went to soak the dryer sheets with water and throw them back into the dryer with a wet towel (2 dryer cycles like this!). All in the name of crafting! hee hee!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Recipe: Shining Tree: Stamps: Scandinavian Season, Scandinavian Wheel Holidays and Wishes Ink: VersaMark, Pacific Point Paper: Pacific Point, Whisper White Accessories: Corner Rounder, Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon, Silver Brads, Silver EP, Scallop Edge Punch, Reinkers

Sparkle Penguin Tag: Stamps; Wild about You, Warm Words Ink: Basic Black, Baja Breeze Paper: Basic Black, Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Ski Slope DSP Accessories: Wide Baja Grossgrain, Black Gingham, Black Hemp Horizontal Slot Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Word Window Punch, Small Felt Flurries, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds, Silver Brads

Shimmering Skaters: Stamps: Winter Post Ink: Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red Paper: Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla Accessories: Dryer Sheet, Spray Adhesive, Dazzling Diamonds, Striped Grossgrain Ribbon, Designer Label Punch, Dimensionals.


Joan Ervin said...

What fabulous projects, Christine...I wish I could have come to your class!! The silver ep on the blue is sooo gorgeous and I love the little penguin tag!!! The dryer sheet project is soo beautiful with all that glitter!!! Next time you need dryer sheets, let me know...I will send you some!!!

Jerri Kay said...

I agree with Joan, I wish I could come to your class! These projects are awesome Christine, love the tag, I can just see it on a Christmas gift. I've never tried the dryer sheet technique, I'll have to give that a try!