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Die cut Christmas Background

Hi everyone, today I’m sharing this fun Christmas card with you all, and for today’s card I used a die to create a wintry background.

Step 1:

I started my project by die cutting a rectangle panel two sizes smaller than my card base using one of the dies form a nesting die set. I die cut the background from slightly thicker white card stock. Next I used the Crafter’s Companion “Joyful Snowflakes” die to cut of the top part of the rectangle panel and create the background for my card. I left enough room to be able to stamp my sentiment onto the panel.

Step 2:

Now I can stamp my sentiment onto this background panel using black ink. The sentiment is from a Clearly Besotted stamp set called “Sweet Little Sentiments”. I also die cut a slightly larger rectangle panel from designer paper, which is of a deep blue colour and has a night sky design (use whatever you have in your stash). I adhered both panels together using liquid glue.

I stamped the images that I wanted to use on today’s card onto white alcohol marker friendly paper using alcohol proof ink. The stamps are by Purple Onion Designs and I used “Birch”, “Silver” and “Lamp Post”.

After stamping I’m ready to colour the images: I used my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers for this project (mostly the Illustrator version and a couple of Classique ones):

For my browns I used: FS9, MB1, MB2, TN4, GB7 and EB4;

For yellow I used: GY3 and Classique GY05;

For red I used: FS3, PP3, DR2 and DR5;

Other colours that I used: BG2, IG2, IG5, IG6 and Classique GT05.

After the colouring was done I added back in some highlights using a white gel pen.

I already fussy cut the images before colouring because that way it was easier to decide on my lay out (and if I had enough room left to stamp my sentiment).

Step 3:

Time to put my card together: the combined background panels I adhered onto a white linen textured card base using one millimetre thick foam tape. And to finish my card I now only have to adhere the coloured and fussy cut images on top using liquid glue for the lamp post and one millimetre thick foam tape for the other two images.

Detail picture:

And that is it for today’s fun Christmas card project! I wish you a creative day!

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