Saturday, June 28, 2014

Pastel Christmas in the Round

I have two round Christmas cards to share today -  
I used the same technique for the background on both cards.  I took Worn Lipstick and Salty Ocean Distress Stains and ran them over my NonStick Craft Mat in two lines.  I spritzed the mat with water over the stains and then swiped a panel of glossy card stock straight through the colors.  I flipped over the panel and let the colors drip a bit - then dried it with my heat tool and blotted any big pools of color with a paper towel. The card above was made using the first panel I swiped through the stains - so the colors are stronger.

The card below was made with a glossy card stock panel swiped through what was left on the mat after the first swipe, so the colors are a little weaker, especially the Worn Lipstick on the right..  I die cut the panels with a circle Nestability as well as the card bases - having the die a little over the fold in the card so it didn't cut through all the way around, leaving a fold at the top.  The PEACE cut out was made with a Movers and Shapers die from Alterations/Tim Holtz.   This panel is popped up on foam dots to accent the cut out.  I adhered Lemonade Blend sequins from Avery Elle on the card above and sequins from Neat and Tangled on the card below (the sequins were included free in an order I just got from them!)
I'm linking my cards to two Christmas Challenges:
Festive Friday - which was this photo for inspiration
and Merry Monday - which was to use sparkle -  I used sequins for sparkle and glossy paper that shines!

Joy Card:
Stamps:  Joy to the World - Verve
Paper:  White - PTI, Gloss Card Stock - Ranger
Ink:  Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  Circle Nestabilities - Spellbinders, Ranger Distress Stains Worn Lipstick and Salty Ocean, Non Stick Craft Mat - Ranger, Water Mister - Ranger, Lemonade Blend sequins - Avery Elle.

Peace Card:
Paper:  Sweet Blush - PTI, Gloss Card Stock - Ranger
Accessories:  Circle Nestabilities - Spellbinders, Peace Movers and Shapers die - Alterations/Tim Holtz, foam dots, sequins - Neat and Tangled, Non Stick Craft Mat - Ranger, Water Mister - Ranger,

21 comments:

Deepti said...

These are fantastic, the results on glossy paper are so dreamy, love the cards

Lynn said...

Two absolutely gorgeous cards Julia. Thanks so much for playing with us at Festive Friday!

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

Love these - what a fantastic way to incorporate the elements of the inspiration photo! So glad you joined us at Festive Friday!

Jenni's Jems said...

This is thinking outside the box... and love the way the colours blend together ! x

butterfly said...

They're just lovely - such pretty colours for Christmas, and I love the inky effects, especially on that first one.
Alison x

KayM said...

Wow!! These are amazing! What a neat technique and what you have done with it on these two cards is just gorgeous!! Beautiful work! Thanks so much for joining us at Festive Friday! :)

Redanne said...

Wow Julia, you created some fabulous backgrounds on the glossy paper and so perfect for Christmas and a great match with the inspiration photo too! The cards are wonderful. Anne xx

Kristie Goulet said...

I love the backgrounds you created here, Julia! So pretty! Thank you for joining us at Merry Monday!

Tenia Nelson said...

Both cards are wonderful!!! :)

Annette Allen said...

oh wow these are outstanding.. i really love the first one.. so pretty..

Mona Pendleton said...

So pretty Julia! Love the beautiful inky background!

Notes by Nina said...

Fabulous card Julia, I love these blended colours.Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday.

Buttons said...

Great cards beautifully made. Jenny x

Kim Heggins said...

Wow...what an amazing card Julia! I love your coloring, fabulous and just perfect for Christmas.

Betty Wright said...


Beautiful and festive cards, Julia! Both are great and fabulously done! Love the watercolor effect.

Susan Joyce said...

So inspirational and creative, love your cards. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday.

Julie said...

Unique and lovely cards. I really like the first one.

Loll Thompson said...

Two gorgeous cards Julia. LOVE the technique ... I usually do it with watercolor paper - so need to try it with glossy. The look is amazing! The first card with just the sentiment and perfectly placed sequins is fabulous! The second looks like sky and so beautiful with the die-cut PEACE. Loll xx

Nancy Thomas said...

So beautiful and creative! Two gorgeous cards.

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Pat (mspfd) said...

Wow! Sensational Christmas cards, Julia. What fresh designs and non-traditional colors.