Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Festive Tree

Well, I can't believe we are on the verge of October already & that its been so long since my last blog post!.
I must apologise for my absence & lack of commenting on your projects but its been quite a busy time.
Covering staff holidays, our own holiday, Hubby's 40th & our little Daisy starting school has meant not a lot of time for blogging I'm afraid,  plus we are now on the build up to Christmas in the shop with lots of ordering & deliveries to sort.

Anyway, I have managed to fit in a bit of crafting time recently, mainly playing around with ideas for our Out Of The Blue workshops. So hopefully I can get back into the swing of things & post a bit more regularly.

My card today was the result of playing around with some  Dreamweaver stencils ready for our October workshops.

We did one of our 1st Christmas workshops a couple of years ago using this Dreamweaver  tree stencil with embossing paste & mica powders so I thought I'd use it in a different way for this card.

I started by creating my background with alcohol inks on glossy white card stock. The technique I used was one I saw on  a youtube tutorial, there are quite a few videos on there showing this technique. 

I randomly dripped 2 different colours of alcohol inks ( in this case red & green ) all over a sheet of acetate. I then dripped blending solution randomly over the top to dilute the colours & allow them to spread out a bit more.

Next I put my glossy card face down on top of the colours & placed another sheet of acetate over the top to create a sandwich. I then pressed down & rubbed my hand over the acetate to spread the inks around & allow the glossy card to pick up the colours.
This creates a completely random, quick drying effect 

I cut down my background & used a snowflake background stencil, also from Dreamweaver & inked through it with festive berries & evergreen bough distress inks.

I off centred the tree to the right & spread black glossy embossing paste through it. I then left this to dry.

I stamped the Phill Martin Christmas sentiment on the offcut of my background, cut it out & backed it onto red card.
I die cut & layered my snowflake in red & green ( Spellbinder Snowfkake Wonder ) & added a black pearl to the centre.
I tied some red ribbon & added it to the left of the tree & attached the sentiment & snowflake near the top. 

To finish, I mat & layered onto red & green card & added red, green & gold stickles to the baubles & star at the top of the tree.

Well, thank you for taking a look, I hope you'll pop by again soon. 
I'm going to make a big effort over the next few days to stop by & catch up with what you've all been up to.

See you soon

Amy x 


  1. Great Christmas card, love the tree and embelishment xx

  2. Lovely to see you back Amy, you really have been busy! I would never have guessed how you made the background, it gives a wonderful result. I love the tree with it's sparkly baubles and the ribbon is beautiful too. Hugs, Anne xx

  3. A fabulous Christmas card Amy. Lovely to see you back in blog land.
    Linda xxx

  4. Lovely card Amy, great colours...gosh it seems an age ago we did a class with that tree! See you soon, Hugs Carole X

  5. A fabulous design and nicely explained xx
    Sandie x

  6. Gorgeous card. xx Jan

  7. love the card and the explanation.

  8. Great to see you back and with such a gorgeous card! Love your festive design and beautiful background. The ribbon looks perfect too.