A Blue Christmas

Susan Robinson
December 17, 2017


Wishing everyone a peaceful, joyous Christmas, filled with love and laughter. See you in the New Year!

I finally have some Christmas cards made and ready to post! It has been a bit of a blue Christmas this year with the recent passing of my father, so I thought the colour scheme appropriate.

dies: Angel with Heart KbD-AR-W0019 & Branch Wreath KbD-AR-F10008 by Alexandra Renke

Below are samples I made while playing with ideas, before settling on the above one as my card design for this year.




Christmas Angel

November 22, 2015


angelic xmas 001 This Angel stamp is from Stamp-It’s set116, the wording is 4911E Musical Holly.

Papers: White Matt Card, Icy Mint Card Shoppe & Jacaranda Bazzill cards

Inks: White Embossing Pad; Antique Linen & Stormy Sky Distress Pads; Timber Brown StazOn Pad

Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Baby Blue Liquid Pearls, Silver Alcohol Ink, Clear Rhinestone, Stormy Sky Distress Pen, Water Spritzer, Paint brush, Sponging Block, White Frilled Ribbon

angel - embossing1. Stamp the angel with a white (or you can use clear) embossing pad onto white card, then add white embossing powder. Heat set with heatgun. If you don’t own a heatgun, your toaster will work just fine. Just push the toaster bar down to heat, then hold card above where the heat rises and it will melt the powder through the card from underneath. DO NOT put the card inside the toaster! And NO – a hairdryer will not work as it will blow all the powder off before it has a chance to melt it. A paint stripper will though (approx 360W).

A bit hard to see much at this stage sorry being white on white, but before you heat set your image, just wipe around the angel with a soft dry paint brush to ensure there are no random speckles of white embossing powder lying about. If left, they will also be heat set and will show up glaringly once the sponged blue colour is added over the top.

angel - sponging2. Dip your Sponging Block into your Antique Linen Distress Pad and sponge over and around embossed angel image. Now do the same with the Stormy Sky Distress Pad, blending the colours together as you go. I kept a patch of unsponged white card in the top left-hand side of card to create a great white light effect that the angel is heading towards. Wipe embossed angel over with a dry tissue when finished to get off any ink that may be sitting on top.

angel - stamping word3. Stamp the wording across bottom of card using the brown StazOn ink pad. Position it so the star sits in the middle of the angel’s skirt. You may want to use a t-grid to help position it accurately. You don’t want it too close to the bottom of her skirt as next we are going to cut a slit at the base of her skirt with a scalpel blade for the ribbon.

angel - flicking silver4. Squirt some water into the palm of your hand, pick up onto fingertips of opposite hand and flick water droplets onto card. Dab card dry with clean dry tissue or paper towel. Repeat if necessary. The water droplets will bleach the colour from the Distress inks, leaving white spots behind. Next, squirt some Silver Alcohol Ink onto acrylic block and load paint brush with it (make it quite wet). Flick paint brush, causing spatter of silver droplets across card. Clean alcohol ink off acrylic block and paint brush with StazOn cleaner or Alcohol Blending Solution straight away.

angelic xmas 3 0015. Push strip of white frilled ribbon into slit cut at base of angel skirt. Secure at back with tape. Layer finished card onto darker blue card, then onto Icy Mint backing card.

6. Colour holly leaves in wording with Stormy Sky & Faded Jeans Distress Pens. Decorate berries with Baby Blue Liquid Pearls. Add Clear rhinestone to star in wording.

Note:  Many Thanks to my “Hand Models” – Beth, Pascal, Susana, Sonia, Judy, Tracey & Heidi