Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Christmas Cardinals + Background Technique

Hello Blogger Friends! Hope this Wednesday in August finds you all well. We had a couple of days of cooler temps and I was able to open up the windows and enjoy the fresh air.
But, today it will be a sizzler again with a high near 90°. So to cool things off a bit, in my mind at least (lol), I am showing a card I created with a winter theme. It is for both the color challenge #597 on Splitcoaststampers and my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog.
For the color challenge, Vicki is our hostess and she chose tempting turquoise, real red and emerald envy for her color palette. Optional was to use birds on your project.
tempting turquoise, real red, emerald envy

So let's get started with the details on my project.  I am also showing a technique that I tried for the first time and just love the outcome. It's a resist technique requiring just a few simple steps to create a shimmery background. I thought it would be perfect as a backdrop for the Christmas cardinals. It reminded me of a snow squall. I found this tutorial on Splitcoaststampers. Basically here is what I did.
Turquoise Card Base: 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
Background Panel: 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Technique: Faux Mother of Pearl
1. You need some metallic white paint. I used DecoArt white pearl dazzling metallic. You use cling wrap and crumple it to use as the applicator for the paint. You will need to use either a craft mat or paper to protect your work surface. This technique gets a little messy.
2.   I squeezed a small amount of the paint on my craft sheet. Dip the plastic wrap into the paint and pounce it on the craft sheet a few times to work it into the cling wrap and also to remove excess paint. Then you tap it lightly onto your cardstock. Repeat this step until you have your cardstock covered. I left some open area on my cardstock because I wanted the look of snow.

3. Once you have applied the paint where you want it, set your cardstock aside to dry.

4. Now it's time to start adding your ink. You can use a sponge, blending tool or even a brayer. I used a sponge on my cardstock. The ink color is turquoise.
5.  I applied the ink all over my cardstock. As you are applying ink your metallic design will start showing through.  The paint will resist the dye ink.
Once you have the look you want, take a paper towel and buff the cardstock to remove the ink that is laying on top of the acrylic paint. Then you will see more of the metallic paint design. This creates your faux Mother of Pearl design.

  I created several of these backgrounds and it was tough getting a good picture. This particular background is one that I didn't use on my finished card but it was the one that cooperated with my camera.
6.  Now that the background is prepared, I decorated it with the Cardinals and Birdhouse dies.  The Merry Christmas sentiment is from the Christmas Santa die set. I used multi-matte adhesive, and dimensional adhesive to attach the die cuts.
 Well, that's it for me for this post. I hope you have been inspired to give this technique a try even if you aren't making your Christmas cards yet. And. don't forget about the birthday challenge on the CottageCutz Blog. There are prizes to be won and it's running until 8-31-16. Get details here.
So until next time........God bless.
 I am also entering:
 1.  Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge has an anything goes
 2.  12 Months of Christmas has an anything goes challenge.
 3.  Crafting When We Can has a dies/punches challenge.








  1. Thanks for sharing the technique. That is a beautiful background!

  2. Wowza! Gorgeous Mary! Reminds me I need to get started on some Christmas cards, thanks for the tutorial and inspiration! xoxo~Cheryl

  3. What a stunning colour combi! ... and the background technique is magical. Thank you for sharing with us at Crafting When We Can Challenges :D XXX

  4. Pretty Christmas card, Mary. Thanks for the details on how you created your background.

  5. Such a cute card and thanks for the great tutorial. Love the colours. Thank you for sharing your wonderful work with us at Crafting When We Can Challenges. :-) xx

  6. Gorgeous card! Thanks for joining us at CHNC Extra this month.
    Fiona DT xx

  7. Great card - love the background you created.

    Thanks for joining us at the 12 Months of Christmas Link Up.

    Helen x



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