Thursday, September 25, 2014

"Merry & Bright" Christmas Card by Our September Guest Designer, Gloria Stengel

Hello, it is Gloria Stengel (Scraps of Life) with you today. This is my second project as the September guest designer at Leaky Shed Studio! I have loved playing with the amazing chipboard items!

I have created a Christmas card for you! I know, for some of you, it is way too early to think about Christmas cards! But, it is never to early to compile ideas!

"Merry & Bright"
I created a 4 1/2 x 6 inch card, using lots of layers, chipboard items, and flowers. This is a lumpy one, and will require extra postage and a padded envelope. You could also use this idea to create a home decor item!

I stared out by painting a selection of Leaky Shed Studio chipboard items with a coat of white gesso. Once the items were dry, I sprayed them with Tattered Angels Chalk Chalkboard Mist.

The large chipboard circle is actually the center piece from the Clock #1 chipboard item! (Never throw anything away!) I sprayed the chipboard with Tattered Angels Kiwi Glimmer Mist and then dried it with my heat tool. It gives a marbled look to the chipboard. I created a white, top-fold card from 4 1/2 x 12-inch cardstock, scored at 6 inches. I trimmed the red paper to 4 7/8 x 5 7/8 inches and distressed the edges before adding it to the card. I trimmed the plaid paper to 4 3/4 x 5 3/4-inches, distressed the edges and added it to the red panel. (The printed paper is from the Graphic 45 'Twas the Night Before Christmas collection.) I used Scor-tape to attach the cheesecloth to the center of the card. I glued the chipboard circle to the card, and then added the twine with Scor-tape.

I trimmed out the main image from the designer paper, and matted it with red paper. I attached the image to the card with foam squares.

I used the Keyhole Fancy as the base to build my flower cluster. I used a clock image cut from the designer paper, and then added flowers. To mimic snow, I added a bit of white gesso to the red flowers.

I glued the Flower Corner Small  to the left corner of the card and added the postage image to the top.

I tucked several Watch Parts around the edges of the image. Once the card was all put together, I used a pint brush to splatter it with Tattered Angels Creme de Cocoa and Crimson Glimmer Mist. Unfortunately, too many splatters ended up on the little boy's face! I saved the card by using a circle punch to trim out a second image. Then, I layered the circle over the main image with foam squares.

I hope you enjoyed my shabby Christmas card! Thanks for reading! I enjoyed my guest spot very much!

Guest Designer - Gloria Stengel

Leaky Shed Studio products:

Other products: Cardstock: WorldWin ColorMates Textures Cascata White Designer paper: Graphic 45 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (12x12, 8x8, 6x6 pads) Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon Cheesecloth: fabric store Gesso: Liquitex White Spray mists: Tattered Angles Chalkboard Chalk, Glimmer Mist Kiwi, Creme de Cocoa, Crimson Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts Circle punches: Stampin' Up! Decorative scissors: Provo Craft Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Aleene's Tacky Glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Scor-tape

Be sure to stop by Gloria's blog, Scraps of Life, to see more of her inspiring work!

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