After coming to the realisation last week that my projects rarely correspond to the CTC blog post titles (my fault for being a rebel and going heavy on the “selectively edit” part of the “copy and selectively edit” direction), it struck me as particularly inappropriate this week to be talking Feels Like Frost. Because it finally feels like Spring here at Hightrees House. We have enjoyed a week of glorious sunshine and blue skies and temperatures as high as 30 degrees!! Now I know that this won’t last and the ugg boots will be back on soon, but it’s been a wonderful and much needed break from what has felt like an endless winter.
So although it feels like Spring, this week for CTC we are CASE-ing the Feels Like Frost DSP and the layouts on page 40. I adore this DSP and have used it in a couple of earlier posts for CTC and for ESAD. One side has beautiful photo-realistic images and the other side silver and white patterns. I think it’s actually super-versatile DSP that can be used for much more than just Christmas cards.
One reason it is so versatile is the colour scheme of the paper – Balmy Blue, Blushing Bride, Highland Heather, Night of Navy, Pretty Peacock, Purple Posy, Rococo Rose, Seaside Spray, Smoky Slate, and Whisper White. Since I’ve already shown a few projects using the DSP directly I decided to instead use these colours as my inspiration this week and ended up creating this card with a palette of Whisper White, Highland Heather, Night of Navy, Rococo Rose, and Smoky Slate.
I started off creating the blended background piece. On a sheet of Shimmery White cardstock I blended Seaside Spray, Highland Heather, Night of Navy, and Rococo Rose inks. I used makeup brushes to do this, which is my absolute favourite way to blend ink straight to paper.
Once I was happy with the blend of the background I also splattered on some drops of Frost White Shimmer Paint for a little extra sparkle and interest. Then I cut a section out with the second largest die from the Stitched Rectangles and added it to a mat of Highland Heather cut with the largest of the Stitched Rectangles.
I decided on the gorgeous heart stamp from Modern Heart as my feature image, stamped in Versamark and gold heat embossed on watercolor paper (I was considering colouring it in, which obviously I ended up deciding against, but I also like the weight and texture of the watercolor paper). I fussy cut it out and then traced it onto Vellum paper, then cut a little further out from that pencil line to make a bigger heart in the same shape. The heart isn’t a classic heart shape but has straight sides and I followed these on the vellum piece as well. I like the funky non-traditional shape of it.
The next step was me stretching out of my crafting comfort zone a bit. I love lots of layers but am not very good at creating them. The cards on page 40 use the very pretty Frosted Frames Dies to add the foliage-y layers. I was searching for something in my stash that I could use to add similar detail with when I found the tree from the Silhouette Scene dies. I cut it out of Smoky Slate cardstock and trimmed off some pieces to use individually behind the heart, rather than as one whole heart piece. I loved the way this turned out.
Last but not least I gave the inside of the card a little love too with the watercolour wash look stamp in Highland Heather and the “thank you” from Modern Heart gold heat embossed over the top. I used a retired heart border punch to add yet more hearts in a little strip of card that was leftover on my desk.
I hope you can see how the Feels Like Frost page of the catty has influenced the creation of this card. We love to see your creations too, so make something and share it with us over at our Facebook page via this link.
Next we are all hopping on over to Rachel to see her frostily fabulous creation for the week.
Thanks for stopping by,