Bumping up the interest with layers upon layers of textures and details. Handmade Christmas card by Debby Hughes.

Diecember is a month when die-cutting becomes the focus, and in celebration of this often overlooked supply, I used a Home For Christmas house die, a Fretwork Snowflake die, and a Snowflake Burst Pinpoint Plate die for my card today. To add detail and interest, I also used the Fanciful Flurries embossing folder and all the layers with different textures add together to create detail and interest.

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layers upon layers of texture and details

Bumping up the interest with layers upon layers of textures and details. Handmade Christmas card by Debby Hughes.

I started this card with the wee house focal point. I die-cut one of the houses from the Home For Christmas die set from a hot-pressed watercolour card. I stamped the Old Letter set over the top with clear embossing ink and then sprinkled with clear embossing powder before heat setting.

I then grabbed my craft mat, Distress Sprayer and a handful of mini Distress inks. I used Antique Linen for a little warmth and then Pumice Stone and Frayed Burlap. I rubbed a little of the inks onto the craft mat and spritzed them with water before pouncing the die-cut into the wet puddles. I used a heat gun to dry the house while I kept adding more ink. I love how the Pumice Stone ink adds a cool lilac colour once wet. I kept the Frayed Burlap to the roof area. Once dry I rubbed a little more Frayed Burlap over the roof with a blending brush.

Bumping up the interest with layers upon layers of textures and details. Handmade Christmas card by Debby Hughes.

Rather than leave it there, I then stitched a door shape similar to the one on the stamp set. I added glue along the roof line and chimney top and sprinkled Rock Candy Glitter and Distress Mica Flakes. I love how all the details take the simple die-cut up a notch.

I paired the house with a loop of twine and a die-cut heart from the Home For Christmas die set which I pounced in a puddle of Lumberjack Plaid ink.

Bumping up the interest with layers upon layers of textures and details. Handmade Christmas card by Debby Hughes.

Next, I worked on the background elements. I took the loose part of the Fretwork Snowflake die and cut from a hot-pressed watercolour card and pounced it lightly in Pumice Stone ink. Once dry, I rubbed Multi Medium Matte over the die and dunked it into Rock Candy glitter.

I die cut the Sunburst Pinpoint Plate die again from hot-pressed watercolour card and tore the edges before dipping into Antique Linen and Pumice Stone inks. I like how the exposed paper edge picked up more of the ink and that the inks seeped into the pinpoint details in places.

I ran a pice of Fog card through with the Fanciful Flurries embossing folder and then rubbed white ink over the embossed pattern before adding stitched deails in two corners.

Bumping up the interest with layers upon layers of textures and details. Handmade Christmas card by Debby Hughes.

I created the card for the sentiment strip by using the same inks but heavier on the Frayed Burlap and kept adding more and more depth to the card until I had a deep, dark colour. I then stamped and white heat embossed a sentiment from the Home For Christmas set. I paired this greeting with a wee Tim Holtz Ideaology sticker on the house.

Bumping up the interest with layers upon layers of textures and details. Handmade Christmas card by Debby Hughes.

I added foam adhesive to all the pieces and then built the card on an Ivory card base. I added pearls and a splatter of white goauche to finish.

Phew, that was a lot of small details and layer upon layer but each extra detail builds so much more interest.

supplies

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* Simon Says Stamp Diecember
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* SSS OLD LETTER
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* Tim Holtz Idea-ology 2023 Christmas...
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad...
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad...
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad...
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* Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad...
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Tim Holtz Distress ROCK CANDY Crystal...
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Tim Holtz DISTRESS MICA FLAKES
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* Little Things From Lucy's Cards...
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White Gouache
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Arches HOT PRESSED WATERCOLOR PAD
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* SSS Ivory Card
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* SSS Fog Card
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* SSS Pigment Ink Pad WHITE
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Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD
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* SSS EMBOSSING POWDER WHITE Fine Detail
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* SSS Clear Embossing Powder
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Tim Holtz DISTRESS SPRAYER
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MULTI MEDIUM MATTE
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misti at Simon Says STAMP!
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Tim Holtz Tonic GLASS MEDIA MAT
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Dahle Self-Healing Cutting 9x12 Mat
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Tim Holtz Tonic GUILLOTINE
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METAL EDGE ACRYLIC RULER
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Crafter's Companion CRAFT KNIFE
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T SQUARE RULER
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Scor-Pal Mini Scoring Board
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SSS SMALL TEFLON BONE FOLDER
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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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Gina K Designs CONNECT GLUE
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Precision Heat Embossing Tool Gun
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* SSS Brush Powder Tool
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Crafter's Companion GEMINI JUNIOR...
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