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Thursday, July 24, 2014

It's a "Blue Christmas" in July...

I managed to make seven Christmas cards this month with the help of my sister. She sent me seven ice skate die-cuts made from white card stock. She also sent me a cute Darice embossing folder. Thank You, Michelle!!!  I decided to glitter up the ice skates and use them, along with the embossing folder, right away.

I selected three different shades of blue for my background mats, which I embossed. To apply glitter to the skates, I first sprayed them with an adhesive and then added the glitter, making sure to burnish it into the adhesive. The skates are popped up on foam tape, but the bow has been glued directly to the mat, and has a tiny, clear, flat-backed gem added to its center.

Here's the deep teal blue mat, and I think you can just see that I have added a bit of sparkle to the embossed images with a glitter pen.

I used some Core'dinations card stock for the navy blue mat, which I embossed and sanded first before adding some glitter highlights.

For the paler blue mat, I embossed and then lightly inked the embossed design with a white ink pad. I used the direct method of gently swiping the ink pad over the raised design. I also added a tiny bit of sparkle with my glitter pen.

The inside sentiment was heat-embossed, using Versamark ink and some sparkly silver embossing powder. I've tried to take an angled photo to show you some of that sparkle (I have the WORST photography skills - no aptitude at all!)

I am entering these cards into the Winter Wonderland Challenge Blog's "Blue Christmas" challenge.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.


designbydonna said...

These are really pretty. I feel so behind--I haven't even thought about Christmas cards yet.

designbydonna said...

These are so pretty. I feel so behind. I haven't even thought about Christmas cards yet.

Karen M said...

Hi Cheryl, these Christmas cards are so lovely! You're well on your way to being prepared for sending out special cards this year x

Debs said...

Fabulous set of cards - love the die cuts and gorgeous embossing folder.
Super sparkle too :o)
Thanks for playing along at Winter Wonderland this week.
Good luck.
Debs xx

Anonymous said...

Looking good Cheryl, glad you liked the gift. You did a nice job, they are lovely. MKW

Anonymous said...

super cute cards. Reminds me of all the time I spent on the ice below our house during my high school years. It was just fun! pj