Life got busy and I haven't been able to play along with the Merry Monday Christmas challenges lately - but was so inspired by this week's rustic theme and photo - I quickly made two cards!
Birch trees are one of my favorite trees with their white/tan/brown bark that is often peeling off here and there. And having just learned a new technique on Splitcoaststampers of swiping ink over a panel with a used gift card (see yesterdays cards here) - and having seen my stamping friend, Bonnie's wonderful card she made for this challenge here - I knew I wanted to give a shot at re-creating the look of the birch as well!
I rubbed Ranger Distress Oxides in Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo on my craft mat, spritzed them with a little bit of water, then dipped the edge of my gift card in one ink and dragged it over a panel of white card. I continued one color and then the other until I was happy with the look.
I flicked some water onto the panel to create some water spots. Then I pushed my gift card edge into some Archival Jet Black ink and pressed the edge onto the panel randomly. I die cut Christmas out of red card and stamped the MERRY above it.
Every background you create using this technique comes out differently - you never get the same thing twice.
I added 3 little wood veneer stars to each card.
I'm glad to be back on track in adding cards to my Christmas stash!
You'll find the Merry Monday Christmas challenge here.Stamps: Christmas Cheer - PTI
Paper: White, True Black, Pure Poppy - PTI
Ink: True Black - PTI, Archival Jet Black, Ranger Distress Oxides Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo
Accessories: used gift card, glue pen, Christmas Cheer Dies - PTI, wooden stars - Studio Calico/American Crafts, water, nonstick craft mat.