ID: MC Aug 11 - |Easel Xmas Stars card
7"w x 5"h

Created: August 6, 2011

And here's another challenge I'm entering in Flourishes. This time it needed to be an Xmas card and using Flourishes stamps.

I'm also using the Textured Xmas word set from Quietfire Design

I started by die cutting my stars (Spellbinders Nestabilities Stars 5 #S4-092) from white cardstock. Stamped various Flourishes Xmas stamps (All Wrapped Up #45; Christmas Tea #73; Let Them Eat Cake #89) using the die as a stencil, then sponged Distress Fired Brick around the edges. Colored them with Derwent Inktense, Prisma colors and Sakura Metallic gel pens. Added some Winsor & Newton Iridescent medium to the large blue bow. On the 2 smallest stars I coated it with Glossy Accents and then sprinkled clear glass beads - I probably put on too thick a layer - C'est la vie. I edged each star with Krylon gold leafing pen. Stamped the words with Versafine Black Onyx and clear embossed only the words.

I die cut the oval easel card with a Spellbinders Ovals Grand set, put one edge shy of the die so it wouldn't be cut off from white cardstock. I cut 2 more ovals the same size for the floor and the front.

The one for the floor, I put through my machine with the Cuttlebug "Seasons Greetings" folder #37-1931. Since the width of the oval was larger than the folder, I placed my folder on either side of the already embossed area, lining up the words and used my hard rubber mallet to emboss the design. I used a direct to paper over the high points with Distress Pumice Stone, and clear embossed it. I die cut 3 smaller stars, sponged with the red, slit down between each star point to create petal type shapes and curled them. Edged the lowest one with the gold leaf pen and attached all three with a silver star brad attaching it to the floor as well, then adhere the floor to the main card.

The other oval I painted with Distress Crackle medium (Frayed Burlap), allowed to dry, then smeared Aged Mahogany all over and wiped off excess. PS, my crackle mediums seem to dry out all the time, so I add water, mix well and they definitely still work... and they're easier to apply since it's a thinner mixture.

Adhered my stars both direct to the oval and some with pop dots. Adhered the oval to the front of the card. Adhered the flourish ornaments, which were made from Air Dry Polymer clay and painted with Perfect Pearls, with Golden's Extra heavy gel medium.

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