Monday, July 4, 2016

Christmas in July...Sparkly Holiday Card: "Christmas Time"

Hi all! New DT member Paula F here to tell you a bit about my very first official project for Lost Coast Designs! (Though I'm no stranger to working with the company's fantastic images...I was a fan first before coming on board as a design team member...and thrilled to be here, I might add.)

This project is for our fun Christmas in July event (go here to check it out--you can totally win stuff!). Get inspired for the winter holidays and chill out (<--you see what I did there?) by making some wintry, winningly festive art! 

So here's my projjie to hopefully inspire you to get your hands dirty. This card is all shimmer, sparkle, and glitter--though you might just have to trust me on that, because glitz is really hard to photograph. I wanted this card to catch the light in lots of different I went all out with the metallics and the shine. (As we get to know each other, you will see that I'm not really one for doing things in half measures...)

1) On black cardstock, I stamped the leafy frame from ATC Misc. Set 3 and embossed it with gold powder. (Ooo...shiny!)

2) I then colored it with two shades of metallic green gel pen. There was already some serious light leaping off the page!

3) I took this angel from the Fortune Women set as my focal point and stamped it on white stock with a gloss finish so that the figure would have maximum impact against the busy frame. (And the gloss adds another layer of light refraction, so woo hoo!)

After fussy-cutting the image out, I highlighted the figure with silver and gold metallic pens and gave the angel's garment a glimmering wash of metallic silvery gold. The angel was now blinding white and shimmery as all heck (which is just how you expect angels to be in real life, amirite?).

I mounted the angel to the frame with dimensional foam so it would stand out even just that much more.

4) To make it really Christmassy and festive, I added some berries to the frame with red gel pen and red glitter glue. Thanks to the glitter glue, now I even had dimensional glitter. Very satisfying.

5) Now I needed a sentiment. With a bullet-tipped embossing pen, I calligraphed the words "Christmas Time" (because the angel is holding a clock...get it? Christmas Time?? A HA HA HA) and embossed them with gold embossing powder too. (Ooo...shiny!!)

6) Assembly time! I mounted the whole thing together on some glittery black cardstock, then on some still heavier black cardstock, the edges of which I embossed with black EP. (Ooo...shiny!!!)

Et voila! My first project, full of texture, shimmer, holiday cheer, plus a bad pun, as a design team member for Lost Coast Designs. May there be many more.  :)

Paula F

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