Delicate Ornament Embossed Impression Christmas Card

by Joanne James24. November 2016 08:05

Today it's time for a new challenge over at Create With Connie and Mary and this week we have a colour combination for you:


So I toyed with going with a thank you card today, as it is Thanksgiving in the USA - happy Thanksgiving to my fellow team members and any other US followers today! In the end I decided to go with something a little different from me; I watched this video here by Jennifer McGuire recently and have been keen to try the embossed impressions technique; these colours were perfect for what I had in mind. Here's my card:


Here's the low-down on today's card:

Rich Red Watercolour - I created a watercolour background for my central panel using Delightful Dijon and Cherry Cobbler inks and my aquapainter. I also spritzed my card with a mix of alcohol and clear Wink of Stella to give an all-over subtle shimmer and allowed it to dry thoroughly before moving on the next step.

Embossed Impression - To create my ornament feature, I used the round bauble from my Delicate Ornament Thinlits, inked it with Versamark then placed the thinlit onto the watercolour paper and rolled it carefully through my Big Shot. The Big Shot sandwich here is key: multi purpose platform open to Tab 2, acrylic plate, silicon mat, watercolour paper, thinlit die then lastly the final acrylic plate. This allows the die to create an inked impression on the watercolour paper, without it cutting. I then heat embossed this with gold embossing powder to give a fine line of gold detailing. I then used my gold Wink of Stella pen to highlight each of the detailed sections on the bauble for added sparkle - the close up below does show some of the detail, but I can assure you in real life it's gorgeous (even if I say so myself!):


Touches of Gold - I finished my card with a gold foil mat and a gold foil bauble hook, hung by a piece of gold thread with bow detail along with a gold foil 'merry' sentiment cut with my Christmas Greetings Thinlits and mounted on a few additional layers to add some depth. As for the kraft - I used it for my cardbase; the neutral tone really allowed my watercoloured shimmery panel to take centre stage.

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:


I did manage to get myself very inky making this card, however I'm quite pleased with the results and am looking forward to trying this technique with other thinlits dies.

You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Do visit the other Design Team members to see what they did with this week's colours; there's lots of inspiration over on their blogs too! This will be my last week as a designer on the Connie and Mary Thursday team; family demands have led me to have to scale back my commitments and as such I am stepping down. I have enjoyed my time with the team; this has always been one of my favourite challenges and will still play along when I can.

That's all from me; I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!


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Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Comments (8) -

Kathy James
Kathy JamesUnited Kingdom
11/24/2016 9:54:42 AM #

I really like this, so unusual, yet subtle and chic!   The background card is amazing.

I definitely think this idea could be used in a technique class Joanne - love it!


SamanthaUnited Kingdom
11/24/2016 6:46:16 PM #

Wow Joanne what a stunning card.


Jenny Engelke
Jenny EngelkeUnited States
11/25/2016 2:30:41 PM #

Wow, that background!!!! I was so excited to read your post to find out if it was created by you or a piece of designer paper. I was pleased to know you created it! It's stunning! And the embossing techie is so awesome! I watched Jennifer's video a while back, too but haven't yet tried the technique. Yours turned out awesome! Very, very elegant looking!


Lisa Martz
Lisa MartzUnited States
11/27/2016 9:01:04 PM #

The background is over the top!  Very classy!  Love this background in these colors...perfect!


Tracy may
Tracy mayUnited Kingdom
11/28/2016 7:11:57 AM #

Wow I love the richness of your water coloured background Joanne. It's stunning! What a fun technique too! Must give that a go! Fabulous card!


Sharon Burkert
Sharon BurkertUnited States
11/29/2016 5:50:03 AM #

Your card wowed me.  I love the rich background you created.  Wait!! I just re-read your post and say it isn't so!  I am going to miss seeing your creations and I hope you will play along as often as you can.  It has been an hour being on the team with you and you will be missed!


Jenny Engelke
Jenny EngelkeUnited States
12/14/2016 3:12:57 PM #

I missed the part in this post about you stepping down from the design team. I am so happy to have had the chance to be on the team with you. Best wishes to you!


Tracy may
Tracy mayUnited Kingdom
12/16/2016 10:05:30 AM #

I missed the part about you stepping down Joanne. Sorry to see you go. It's been a pleasure being on the team with you. Take care. Will hopefully see you at OnStage sometime


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