When I saw this week's MIX9, I immediately knew what I wanted to do. I pulled out this beautiful holiday/winter paper from Pion that I got last January from ScrapThat! My inspiration for the cards was from Tim Holtz's 12 tags of Christmas from 2011: http://timholtz.com/12-tags-of-christmastag-10/ I made some of the ornaments using the facets for my advent calendar, but I figured those would be too bulky for a Christmas card. I decided I would improvise by using some plastic packaging instead from my Spellbinders dies. Tim's blog has the best and clearest instructions, but here is what I did: pick out the images on the paper you want to use, lay clear packing tape carefully over top and burnish. Soak the taped paper in warm water, then using circular motions rub the paper off the tape until just the top image is left on the tape. The more you get off, the more the metallic tape will show through. Blot tape carefully (my paper towel stuck to the sticky parts, so be careful). then peel metal foil tape and apply to tape, burnish well. This is where my process veered from Tim's. I then used my crystal effects on the plastic packaging and applied all of the pieces of tape to the plastic. This step was more finnicky than doing it with the facets and I had too fiddle for a bit to get the paper tape layer to stick on. You have to let it sit for a bit then use an old credit card/gift card to squeeze out any excess crystal effects (or glossy accents). I then used my ornament framelits to try and die cut the plastic. Well they really are for one layer of paper as advertised. Fortunately they embossed my plastic enough that I was able to trim the pieces with my scissors. Definitely not as good as a die cut, but they still look awesome! For this image, I unfortunately didn't make the piece big enough for the die cut, so I improvised by tracing the framelit and cutting that out, then using a brad to anchor the top, and disguising the bottom with the ribbon and flower. Sentiment is from Stampavie. All designer paper is from Pion Design and flowers and ribbon is from the kit from ScrapThat!
Date: Monday, April 1, 2013 GMT Views: 950