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by Julie Brooks

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Saturday, 17 November 2012

Christmas is coming!

Hello everyone

Just a quick post from me today as I still have a "to do" list as long as your arm in these last few weeks before the man in the red suit pays us a visit (if I've been good lol).

So, today I'll share with you a pretty card I made recently.

I purchased a couple of the Sizzix/Hero Arts die and stamp sets, and I decided to use a couple of the dies in this card.

I covered a chipboard ring with pretty Christmas paper from a Dovecrafts pack and decided to use that as the frame for my little scene. I then chose a background paper for the centre. These two elements were fixed onto some dark red pearlescent paper, and already I was feeling like the card was going to turn out exactly as I wanted it to - love it when that happens. The next step was to use one of the dies to cut out my trees and I decided to cut them out of the same paper that I had used to cover the chipboard frame. It was the right decision as they look fab. Then I took a lovely reindeer die cut from a Craftwork Cards pad called Christmas Ornaments, darkened him down using DI Pumice Stone (he was quite a bright red colour originally) and I also used the ink around the edges of my frame and the trees. I fixed the trees and reindeer in place with foam pads and then die cut some little snowflakes from some of the paper I'd used for the background on my scene.

The sentiment was coloured by blending three inks - VersaMagic chalk inks in aloe vera and spanish olive and Distress Ink in pumice stone - in order to get the right shade! To finish I added some clear gems in the centres of the snowflakes - both the die cut ones and those printed on the background.

I love how this card turned out and hope you like it too.

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Take care all.

Bye for now,
love from me xx