Hello everyone. This is Nichol Spohr and I’m so thrilled to be sharing a set of four Christmas cards with dies from the A Sweet Christmas Collection by Sharyn Sowell. Simple inking and stenciling provides the perfect backdrop for these detailed silhouette dies! Die cut greetings paired with a stamped sentiment provides the perfect accompaniment to the design.
The backgrounds for the first two cards were created by applying Lucky Clover and Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide Inks to Bristol Smooth Cardstock with Ink Blending Tools. Stenciling was applied over the inked backgrounds with white pigment ink and allowed to air dry. You can speed up this step with a heat tool, if you prefer.
The Lighting The Way and Santa Parade Dies were each die cut three times and glued one on top of another before being adhered along the bottom edge of each background. The slight dimension from applying one on top of another helps the silhouetted image pop off the background.
Sentiments phrases were stamped on the backgrounds with clear embossing ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.
“Merry Christmas” was die cut from glittered cardstock adhered to Fun Foam with Stick It Adhesive and adhered in place on both cards.
A brick stencil was inked on the next two backgrounds using Fired Brick and Hickory Smoke Distress Inks.
“Merry Christmas” and “From Our Home To Yours” were die cut from glittered cardstock adhered to Fun Foam with Stick It Adhesive and glued in place on both cards.
All four designs were finished with Nuvo Crystal Drops and a scattering of silver mini star confetti.
Watch video tutorial below or on Youtube to learn how to make this project:
Bristol Smooth Cardstock; Neenah Smooth Cardstock; Simon Says Stamp Crimson Glitter, Emerald Glitter, Black Cardstock, Silver Cardstock; Mama Elephant Season’s Wishes Stamp Set, Mama Elephant Peaceful Wishes Stamp Set; Simon Says Stamp Falling Snow Stencil; Tim Holtz Bricked Stencil; Ranger Tim Holtz Lucky Clover, Fired Brick, Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide Ink, Tim Holtz Hickory Smoke Distress Ink, Lawn Fawn Yeti White Pigment Ink, Tsukineko Versamark Ink, Versafine Onyx Black Ink; Lawn Fawn White Embossing Powder; Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops in Gloss White and Autumn Red; Pretty Pink Posh Silver Mini Star Confetti; Fun Foam; Stick It Adhesive
I hope this has inspired you to try silhouetted Christmas images against inked and stenciled backgrounds. Thank you so much for joining me today and I look forward to sharing more die cutting ideas with you soon!