Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Poinsettia Easel....

Hi folks... A little bit of an "OTT" project for today’s Creative Expressions Design Team post. But, whilst the creative juices are flowing I'm ganna ride the wave...

I think I've put to good use some of the Design Team stamps I was sent, and if you fancy giving this, or something similar a go, then here’s a little step by step.

To start off with I took a piece of Black card stock and applied my Anti Static Bag to it. This is because I planned to add some Mica Powder and the Anti Static Bag will dry out the card stock and hopefully prevent the Mica Powder from sticking to areas you don't want it to, I.E sticky finger prints etc... You can also use the Anti Static Bag if you are using Embossing Powders.

Next, Ink Up your chosen Stamp with either Perfect Medium or VersaMark and stamp the image onto the Black card stock.

If you weren't going to apply any Mica Powder or Embossing Powder then this image will always stay there. It will of course dry, but not disappear, so would make a good "subtle" background technique with any of your Stamps.
Anyhoo, as I said, my plan was to use Mica Powder, and seeing as Phill Martins new "Frosty" colours (Aqua, Blossom, Jade, Mink, Sky, & Heather) have now arrived I thought I's put them through their paces...

Starting off with Frosty Jade..

Unfortunately my photography skills don't show off the subtle Green tinge to the image, but I'm sure you get the jist?!

Don't forget to seal your image with Spray and Shine or a generic Hairspray to stop the Mica from rubbing off.. One coat is sufficient to protect the Mica,

but I like to give it 3 coats to not only protect it but to give it a nice shine too.. "Personal preference really"!!

Repeat the process with all of your chosen images..

Once dry, matt and layer the images with your choice of card stock, again I have chosen to round the edges using an "Inverted" Corner Rounder Punch..

Adding the images to an Easel Card I had prepared.
Obviously it was going to need a little bit of "tarting" up,

so I prepared a few Poinsettia bunches using the Sue Wilson Classic Poinsettia and Holly Sprays Dies. The Poinsettias have been sprayed with some Crafter's Companion Spray and Sparkle, just to give them some of that good old Christmas Sparkle. The Holly Sprays which were cut out on Black Card Stock and have had a little Autumn Bronze, Chic Pumpkin and Enchanted Gold Gilding Wax applied to them before adding some Cosmic Shimmer Berry Sparkle Glue for the Berries..

And there you go.. Yes, very OTT but for those "Special" Christmas card this year I think it's well worth it.. Well, I guess the fact that a family member has already laid claim to it for their card this year, a job "jobbed" me thinks!!
Thanks for checking us out.
See you soon.

Sentimentally Yours Stamp - SYCHHB Christmas Holly Background
Creative Expressions Stamp - UMS635 T'was The Night, UMS637 Florentine Background


  1. An Ab/fab card Andy, really beautiful, classy and elegant. Think I need all those stamps now. Xx

  2. It looks stunning Andy. A perfect card for a special recipient.
    Toni xx

  3. Stunning Card!

    Thanks for sharing your tutorial. For me to have a go at this card I will need to come and buy some more crafting goodies.

    Happy Crafting!!! :) X X

  4. Hey Andy,
    you can go OTT for me, anytime. This is gorgeus.
    Cheers, Rose

  5. Wow Andy! Absolutely gorgeous! "Thank you!" xx Love Karen xx