Today I have both a card and a winner announcement for you. It’s a day late, sorry about that but I have drawn the winner from the post I made for Altenew’s December release blog hop and because I was so blown away by everyone’s lovely comments, I made a Thank You card. If you missed that post and want to check it out, CLICK HERE.
Without further ado, a big congratulations to Annalisa! Please email Altenew, firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject ‘Blog hop Winner from Erica’s blog’ to claim your $30 gift voucher by the 20th of Dec.
My card today is made with Set E of the Artist Markers, naturally, but I only used the greens. I created a gradient green background directly on alcohol marker friendly card stock by drawing fat stokes of each marker back and forth. When swapping colour, I made sure to blend them in a little. You can create so many different coloured backgrounds by using your Artist Markers like this!
I cut one ‘thanks’ out of foam sheet and another out of brushed gold mirror card stock. My favourite is from MFT Stamps. To make it easier to layer these up, I leave the cutout in the foam sheet and just peel off the protective film over the word. Then it’s rather simple to get an almost perfect line-up, without too much fiddling. Plus, less risk of it sticking to where it shouldn’t.
To add interest to the background, I heat embossed the branches from Majestic Mistletoe in clear embossing powder. Although, I do kinda wish I could save it as it is before melting. It looks like sugar and is such a fun look!
After making sure all sides of the panel was covered in the mistletoe, it was all melted and left to cool down. I have recently bought a new anti-static tool and it is so good!! I’m not sure where it’s from as I threw away the packaging *rookie mistake!* but it’s so easy to get a great coverage and avoid getting those pesky stray bits of embossing powder all over your work.
The card base is white and I adhered the panel to it with double sided tape. Then the ‘thanks’ diecut was added and as a final flourish I added lots of dots using Enamel Accents in Classic Cherry.
Now, I know mistletoe berries are not red but the red works as such a lovely contrast. As well as adding tons of texture! But resist the temptation to check if they are dry, if you add them to your cards directly, like I do.
Right, well that’s it. Apart from drying time, a relatively quick card. Thanks for stopping by today and if you use any of my compensated affiliate links, I really appreciate it! Rest assured that using affiliate links doesn’t cost you anything extra at all. I get a small commission directly from the companies the links work with, at zero cost to you. Always.
Altenew are so generous and offer great deals each week and if you spend over $100 you get some deal on shipping too. And let’s be honest, it happens easily, right?
Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica