Die-Cut Christmas Card

Okay, I know, I know. Christmas is over.

But I wanted to enter this last challenge of the year (for me) and it’s a Christmas theme. Plus, I have vowed to be ahead with my Christmas cards for 2017, and not have to do a ton in the last couple of months. Especially since I sold quite a nice bundle this year.

So… here’s what I came up with:

This was a pretty simple card. I cut out my layers, then die-cut the top layer (white) using the STAMPlorations Merry Christmas phrase die, saving all the little pieces so they could be placed where necessary.

After removing the die-cut from the die, I placed it back where it came from, and sprayed the entire layer with a mica powder mix. This was made using Pearlex (similar to Perfect Pearls), water, and gum arabic.

I sprayed it over the layer with the die-cut in it. As you can see it beaded up, which wasn’t the effect I was looking for, but I do like it. I realised later I should have used watercolour paper for a better effect.

After the layer was dry, I glued it down, then replaced all those little pieces.

You can use this same technique with just about any word dies, and can change the colour around too. Just be certain to use a bottom layer that is dark enough to show up through the die-cut.

*To make the colour mix, just add some coloured Pearlex or Perfect Pearls (or any mica powder) to a spray bottle. Add a small amount of water, then 2-3 drops of gum arabic to bind it. Shake well before using. If the colour isn’t dark enough for what you want, just add a bit more powder. **Gum arabic is expensive, but goes a very long way.

I am adding this card to the CUTplorations December Challenge as well as the STAMPlorations Never-ending Anything Goes Challenge.

Thanks for looking, and as always, if you want to comment, and the comment box isn’t showing, click the title of this post and it will magically appear!


6 thoughts on “Die-Cut Christmas Card

  1. Simple, yet so effective. I really LOVE your background spritzing on this beautiful card, Cheryl! Thanks so much for playing along at STAMPlorations CUTplorations and Anything Goes challenges. Good Luck and a very Happy New Year! 🙂
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  2. Christmas might be over but I still love to see your gorgeous card. I am glad you shared it. Happy New Year too!

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