Monday, 17 November 2014

Perfectly Rustics Wet or Dry Embossing for Christmas

Well like many people this time of year its all about Christmas cards. Last year I created and sent out 50 Christmas cards - I couldn't believe it either, especially when I made them in between Christmas and New Year, just a smidge late. So this year I vowed to get started early. So I usually post out at least 40 of those cards so I like to consider three main points when I am creating these cards:
  1. It has to fit into a standard size envelope for postage so not too crazy on the embellishments.
  2. the design needs to be easily repeated with slight variation if possible.
  3. Just because its Christmas doesn't mean I want to limit myself to the colour scheme of only red, green and silver or gold. 
So with Perfectly Rustics new challenge today of wet and dry embossing, I saw a perfect opportunity to get started.

Card Tip:

For the colouring of the embossing folder I used a sponge dauber and I created a template by die cutting a circle out of scrap paper. This helped me to create the defined line around the outside of the ornament and saved me from transferring any where i didn't want it. It wasn't a perfect fit, I just moved the circle around as I went. I also used a brush to apply the colour to the top sections.

Card Ingredients:

Card Stock: White A5 card bases and white card stock for embossed piece, Cre8tive blue, green, pink,purple and orange card stock.
Stamps: AmyRus Stamps merry and bright for sentiment.
Ink: Memento bahama blue, Distress Inks seeded preserve, pickled raspberry, bundled sage,dusty concord, dried marigold.
Dies and Embossing Folder: Couture Creations xmas lights embossing folder, Spellbinders label 8
Other: Assorted coloured ribbons from my stash, assorted sizes and colours of gems.

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  1. These are great cards dear Cathie!! Love all the colours you've done with the one design!! Clever for making LOADS Of cards!!! Well if you keep this up you'll have your cards out in time for sure!!
    Smiles SHarnee :)

  2. Beautiful cards, love the embossing, thank you for joining us over at the Kraftyhands Blog Challenge, Hugs Jeanette xx

  3. Beautifully done and congrats on getting an early start! I still have yet to get mine started! Thanks for inspiration ... just beautiful!
    Thanks so much for playing in our ‘CHRISTMAS’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)

  4. Beautiful cards & a great way to showcase the embossing folder! Love the splash of non-traditional color too. Thanks for joining the Christmas challenge at Dies R Us!

  5. These are beautuiful! I love that embossing folder and how you added the ink. Gorgeous color choices. You added the perfect amount of bling and ribbon to make them festive and still easy to mail. Well done!!!

  6. Great idea to make cards in batches and these look great . Love the embossing . Thanks for sharing on Kraftyhands Challenge Blog

  7. Gorgeous and beautiful card's Cathie thank you for joining us this week at Crafty Catz
    Hugs Dianne xx (DT)

  8. Beautifully done, the ornaments are gorgeous in all those pretty colors....thank you for joining us at "Dies R Us" for our "Christmas" challenge!
    Diane DRU DT

  9. Wonderful tips and the cards look quite elegant.

  10. charmantes création Cathie, merci de jouer avec nous chez CSAYL, biz

  11. Lovely creations. Thanks for sharing with us at Kraftyhands.

  12. Cathie, these are gorgeous! I love the colors! Thanks for sharing your fabulous project and joining us for our current challenge at Inspiration Destination. Hope to see you again and good luck!
    IDCB Owner

  13. Fabulous creations thanks for sharing at Kraftyhands Challenge.
    Hugs Julie x

  14. Lovely cards :) Thanks for joining us at Crafts 4 Eternity this week hugs x

  15. It always amazes me to see how much impact color has - even though the design is the same your cards look so different!

  16. Beautiful cards lovely designs, Thank you for sharing with us at Kraftyhands
    Hugs Julie x