Happy Monday everyone! Had family visiting this past weekend, so I was not expecting to post anything today, BUT then I saw the challenge 58 card to CASE over at Muse: Chustmas Visions . It reminded me of a monoprint background piece I did last week with my friend Christine. As I mentioned in my butterfly post, I was not having any luck using my Color Bursts powder inks for the monoprint technique. Well, Christine came over with her Brushos (another brand of powder inks), and with her help I produced this background.
I followed the same steps as I did before, except instead of applying distress inks to the back of the stencil, I sprinkled black Brushos all over, ensuring there is a good amount in and around the open areas of the stencil. I think that was where I went wrong the first several attempts with Color Bursts. I spritz it with water, then flipped it over onto a piece of watercolor paper.
So that background piece was already completed from last week. I just took it from my snippets stash, trimmed it down and then applied some Whisper White ink to the bottom 1/3. I dried it with my heat tool. The card I was CASEing had 3 different deer on it, but I only had 1 deer die. So to achieve a slight variation in deer size, I die cut one from Smoky Slate cardstock and 2 from some scrap black fun foam. I then took my heat tool to those black fun foam pieces and shrunk them slightly. I should have taken a pic to show you the difference. I trimmed their antlers slightly as well. I layered the background panel onto a 5-1/4″x4″ piece of white cardstock and then an A2 piece of Basic Gray cardstock.
To finish, I stamped and heat embossed the greeting with white embossing powder on a strip of black cardstock, backed it onto a piece of white cardstock and then adhered it to the card front with mounting tape. I love non-traditional colors for my Christmas cards, so this is exactly up my alley as far as Christmas cards are concerned.
UPDATE: I remembered now where I saw this idea for a card. I need to credit my card idea to the super talented Loll Thompson who created these gorgeous cards HERE She even has a technique video tutorial HERE.