Wednesday 10 April 2019

Monochrome Bauble

   Welcome to my second card for Christmas At Sweet Stampin', our optional twist this month is monochrome but you can join us with any Christmas themed creation.
     This card started with some white card, a bauble stencil and Distress Ink. Using masking tape I secured the stencil to the card and my craft mat, then with an Inkylicious dusting brush I coloured the bauble shape with blue Distress Ink, trying to get it a little darker at the top than the bottom.
     I decided to stamp my image before removing the stencil, I've been a bit clumsy lately so thought this would protect the clean white card a bit longer and I'm happy to say it worked.
     This could just as easily be done in a stamp press, it's just that I was so keen to get it started I forgot until I got to the stamping stage!
     The image was stamped with Versafine Clair Medieval Blue, which is a very dark blue. I wanted to add some tiny stars to the night sky so I used a silver glitter gel pen. As the main star was stamped in blue I chose to add a tiny clear gem to the centre to make it stand out and shine.
     I wanted to keep it simple so I tried to find blue card to match my image, easier said than done, you would think with all the card and paper I have that I would have some the right shade?  So I found an alcohol marker that did match almost perfectly, I cut a white mat layer and coloured the edge with the pen, let it dry and then matted my image panel.
     Once the panel was on a white card blank it needed a big greeting, a die cut would work well as it would sit across the layers happily. I cut one in white and coloured it with the same pen as the mat but it was too dull, so a quick rummage through the mirri card draw and a nice dark blue mirri greeting was ready. I saw somebody showing a tip for adding glue to a thin die cut, but sadly I don't remember who. Put some PVA on the back of your hand and dab the die cut over it to pick up a light coating before putting it on the card, it saves glue splodges oozing out when you press it down.
     A simple monochrome card suitable for a man and thin enough for posting. Making one card a month for is not going to get my stash built up very quickly, so starting next month I will try to make a batch of cards for each challenge to be blogged throughout the month.
     Please come and join us at Christmas At Sweet Stampin' with your seasonal creations, if you haven't seen all the DT inspiration then pop over and take a look.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
ABC Christmas - Hang It Up/Intricate
The 12 Month's Of Christmas - Anything Goes/optional Fairies
The Holly and Ivy - Anything Goes


  1. What a stunner Rocky! I love the way you've created that scene inside the bauble, this is absolutely beautifully done! I love it to bits!! Hugs, Wends xoxo

  2. What a great way of using our die cuts, Rocky! I especially like the pretty color choices, and the shading in the background application of ink! Beautiful card! hugs, de

  3. A great card Rocky, and I enjoyed reading your creative process - especially the hint about keeping the rest of the card smudge-free by keeping the stencil in place. Thank you for joining us at ABC Christmas Challenge. :) Lynda DT

  4. What a beautiful Christmas card. Thanks for sharing with us at the Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. Shona xx

  5. How stunning! Love how you created starry background. Thanks for playing along with us at ABC Christmas Challenge. Looking forward to seeing your creative projects in the future galleries again.

  6. Lovely card. Thank you for joining the challenge at 12 months of Christmas cards link up. Hope to see you again next time.


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