Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Christmas Boot Camp…Ugh..Day 3!

Today was a test of fortitude, of might over matter, of pushing through even though I wanted to toss in the towel… It was grueling, mind numbing, frustrating….
This card is a testament to my being able to scrounge together supplies to make things happen for my Holiday Card Workshop!  Faux letterpress is what this technique is called and it is simple and creates a neat effect.  I had to go the ‘other way’ with this as I don’t own the Hero Arts set.  I also didn’t have the circle punch, so I used my Spellbinders die which actually worked pretty well as I was able to run the already attached embossed layer to the card so the circles would line up nicely.  My snowflake is from a chipboard collection that CTMH had (or has) and I colored it with my Copic Spica pens.  My biggest hurdle, the simplest thing ever, the sentiment.  I don’t have a white ink pad that is ‘white’ enough to show up on that red paper and even more shocking (to me at least) is that I don’t have any white detail embossing powder which meant no embossing of my sentiment.  I tried every white ink I have, to no avail Sad smile  I ended up stamping my sentiment and using my white gel pen to go over the letters to enhance them.  The inside is an old MSE background stamp and I used Distress Ink Tattered Rose for that faded look.
There were two cards today the other used watercolor paper and that I don’t have and don’t know of a quality substitute for so I’ll wait on that one lol.. It’s on order though as is some white ink and white detail ep! Winking smile 
Ready to face tomorrows challenge!


  1. Your card is simply beautiful! Your "challenges" certainly paid off!

  2. I like you card a lot...I cut the circle was cut by hand, my punch didn't go in far enough and I had no dies that large. The embossing and the heat embossing was the easy part...messy but easy! Looking forward to seeing more of your projects!

  3. I struggled through this challenge too! Your card came out very nicely. I went thru several embossing times with my sentiment to find out which powder looked the "whitest". It's comforting to hear someone else's struggles. Look forward to seeing more from you!


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