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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Joyful Holiday Wishes

Stamps: Hero Arts 'Wreath with Bells', Stampin Up greeting
Paper: Wild Cherry red cardstock, designer paper
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Various Copic markers, metallic watercolor paint
Tools: Spellbinders Circles, Paper trimmer, Big Shot, Heat gun
Accessories: White Organza ribbon, Glitter Ritz Silver Glitter, Candi paper 'brads', 3-D tape, Candi 3-D adhesive, Tombo adhesive

The challenge this time was to do a center-step card. I've never done a center step card, so I was happy it turned out on my first try. There was a great tutorial on SCS which helped a lot. The image itself took about an hour and a half for me to color. First I embossed it. Then I colored it. The silver on the bells is a metallic watercolor paint I found, which I love, but it takes quite a few layers to make it a solid color. If you just want it for an accent, you can color with something else and then just brush one layer on. I used Candi paper brads (really just colored circles) that I thought would work well for the bells. I like how it turned out since it's a different color than what I used on the bell itself. Kinda funky! I'm usually really conservative with my colors and matching.A final touch was the silver Glitter Ritz glitter on the greeting. I love, love, love this glitter! It is truly microfine and after you apply it to a strong double sided adhesive, you burnish it in to brighten in. Just be sure not to touch the adhesive so that it stays clean. I bought 6 jars of this stuff and each jar will probably last me a lifetime! A little goes a long way!


Ellen said...

Fabulous center step card Tara! Love those bells!

Edna Morrisedie said...

The bells look fabulous all centred up, great use of the image and the colours are fabulous too!