How to collage painted transparent layers for an ethereal winter scene  - handmade Christmas card by Debby Hughes

Well, hello there! I’m sorry that circumstances mean that I’ve not been able to craft much recently. But I’m delighted to be able to share a card with you for the start of DieCember. DieCember is a month-long celebration of one of my most used supplies, in fact, my card today uses only dies, not a stamp set to be seen!

I’ve linked all supplies with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

Before I jump into this card, please check out the new DieCember release from Simon Says Stamp. The Flourish Merry Christmas, Aidan Snowflake and Winsome Branch dies I used on this card are from the latest release.

how to collage painted transparent layers for an ethereal winter scene

How to collage painted transparent layers for an ethereal winter scene  - handmade Christmas card by Debby Hughes

I started this card by creating lots of collage papers; I dug around my stash and found vellum of different weights and glassine paper. In America, deli paper might be a good option, and even some tissue papers would work.

I took the thin transparent papers and painted them with Amsterdam Titanium White acrylic ink and Payne’s Grey acrylic ink. You could try using watercolours, watercolour pencils, or anything that adds colour but can be diluted and swooshed around on the paper. I then left these to dry overnight.

How to collage painted transparent layers for an ethereal winter scene  - handmade Christmas card by Debby Hughes

The following day I created a watery background with Payne’s Grey ink on Fabriano Artistico Extra White Cold Pressed watercolour card. I then tore pieces of paper with the Titanium White ink and I die cut the Winsome Branch from paper with Payne’s Grey ink and tucked it into the white layers. I glued them to the panel before sewing them in place.

How to collage painted transparent layers for an ethereal winter scene  - handmade Christmas card by Debby Hughes

To add detail, I sewed in a few sequins along the way. My stitching is far from perfect but I think that adds to the style. That’s what I’m telling myself at any rate!

How to collage painted transparent layers for an ethereal winter scene  - handmade Christmas card by Debby Hughes

I also die-cut an Aidan Snowflake from white painted paper and glued that onto the background too.

How to collage painted transparent layers for an ethereal winter scene  - handmade Christmas card by Debby Hughes

I cut the base piece of the Flourish Merry Christmas die from vellum and the lettering from Ivory card and glued them together. I then added tiny pieces of foam tape on the back of the vellum so that the lettering hid them. Finally, I added this sentiment piece over the collaged layers.

How to collage painted transparent layers for an ethereal winter scene  - handmade Christmas card by Debby Hughes

I accented the tree with more sequins and some Distress Mica flakes as the final touch to this wintery ethereal scene.

supplies

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* Simon Says Stamp Diecember
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* SSS WINSOME BRANCH Wafer Die
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* SSS AIDAN SNOWFLAKE Wafer Die
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* SSS FLOURISHED MERRY CHRISTMAS...
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Amsterdam TITANIUM WHITE Fluid...
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* SSS VELLUM
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Tim Holtz DISTRESS MICA FLAKES
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Little Things From Lucy's Cards...
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* SSS CRAFT TACKY GLUE
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Fabriano WATERCOLOR PAPER 5x7 BLOCK...
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* SSS IVORY Card
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Tim Holtz Tonic GLASS MEDIA MAT
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Tim Holtz Tonic GUILLOTINE
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Scor-Pal Mini Scoring Board
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SSS SMALL TEFLON BONE FOLDER
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* Tim Holtz MINI SNIPS Scissors
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* SSS FINE DETAIL SCISSORS
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TWEEZERS
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3M DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE
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* SSS Perfect WHITE FOAM TAPE
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Crafter's Companion GEMINI JUNIOR...
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