I have no words to convey my gratitude for the response to my last post! I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for the love and support. You all are the best. With a view to a more long-form style of blog post, I’d love to hear what you’d like to read. So please, drop me a note in the comments and let’s keep the conversation going! I’ve linked all supplies with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.
Check out all the new products in the Handmade Holiday Release! You don’t want to miss this. There are lots of new crafty products as well as more innovative organisational ones too! To mention just a couple – Blender Brush Holder we didn’t know we could do without, luscious Glitter Gels and New Inks.
CALMING WINTER COLOURS
Colour is one of the key design principles for me. It might surprise you, because if you’ve been around here for a while then you’ll know I love muted colours, but just because a colour palette is muted doesn’t mean it isn’t impactful. Muted colours speak to me, stop me scrolling and give me that emotional response I desire from creativity. And it is that emotional connection that I’m always seeking out. With Winter around the corner, icy colours especially blues are a given. However, by adding a touch of warmth with the kraft card then you have a contrast between the icy blues. Also anything which includes kraft nods to the handmade, homely feel. So those colours paired with the white for simplicity tell their own story to me.
For this card, I started with a piece of watercolour card I had covered with acrylic paints. It was a piece I did with leftover paint from my last post. I had the Speckled Egg, Buff and White acrylics on my mat and roughly brushed those over a piece of card to give a background with movement, texture and colour variation. However, the background wasn’t too busy and this I find is helpful if you want to showcase a lovely embossing folder. With busy backgrounds, you lose sight of the etched design. However, this swooshy, swirly acrylic paint background was like goldilocks and the three bears – just enough interest, not too much or too little!
Once the acrylic paint was dry, I ran the card through my die cutting machine with the Snowflake Vision Embossing Folder. The deeply etched design of falling snowflakes is the perfect foil for the swirly icy blue paint. To accentuate the design, I gently rubbed White Pigment Ink over the snowflakes with my finger.
I cut a piece of Neenah Desert Storm card and ran white embossing paste through the Holiday Boho Circle Stencil to bring the kraft colour into the palette. Once dry, I trimmed the kraft card to fit down the right-hand side of a white card base, kept in place with foam adhesive. I then adhered the Snowflake panel on top, again with foam tape.
I cut the Etched Berry Branch from a white card and foam mounted it over the two panels for seasonal foliage. Next, I accented with a red and white twine bow – bringing in that pop of red makes the colour palette that more seasonal don’t you think? Finally, I added a Reverse Holiday Sentiment Strip and a few sequins.
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Summary of the project which gives all the views of the card in one photo :D I’d love if you pinned and called by on Pinterest :D