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Sunday, 20 November 2011

No Matting or Layering (& Top 5 with Allsorts Challenge)

I had a lovely surprise today, my Black & White Christmas Card was chosen as one of the Top 5 in the Allsorts Challenge last week.  Many thanks to Nicola and the rest of the design team for their lovely comments. 

Entering the challenges certainly starts to make you think more about different designs, styles and stretches you to do something that you wouldn't normally do. 

This week I have done something which is certainly out of my comfort zone.  I normally have lots of layers or 3d elements, so decided to go the total opposite to this. 
The base card is Centura Pearl Snow White with the illusion of layers - hope it comes across as this in the picture - but is in fact completely flat. 

To achieve this effect I started with masking the base card with low tack stencil tape at various widths on all 4 sides then started with the picture first.

I have used a combination of Creative Expression Stamps from Christmas and Vintage Christmas Stamps, stamped the tree and people first - I stamped the same images again onto Eclipse Masking Tape - the masks were placed over the original images and then I stamped  the manor house images over the masks to produce the background.  I stamped with Stormy Sky Distress Ink and also the light distressing around them. Did a little bit of watercolour with distress inks to highlight certain areas.
I then removed some of the masking tape to leave the pearl card 'layer' to form a frame.  On the next blue 'layer' I used Faded Jeans and tried to make the colour a bit darker.  Again I removed more tape and then finally used Faded Jeans again for the last 'layer' making sure that this was darker than the previous 'layer'.

The corners were embossed with Aurora Crystal Sparkle Embossing Powder and then over stamped using True White Embossing Powder.

Finally I used Fluffy Stuff with a sprinkle of glitter - decided not to heat just leave to try overnight -  to give the trees and ground the effect of snow.
Twinkles was dabbed onto the roofs of house.

On the second picture I used a silver metallic pen-touch to give the impression (hopefully) of mirri card with a deckle edge.

I am entering this little creation into the following challenges:

Allsorts Challenge - One Layer Card
ABC Challenge D-for-Dazzle
Divas by Design Challenge - Monochromatic
Stamptacularsundaychallenge - Anything Christmas
Papertakeweekly - Christmas Cracker, Not Literally

Hope you like this effect.

All always thanks for stopping by, all your comments are very much appreciated and welcomed.

Take Care

Hugs xx


  1. Really great masking to achieve the layering effect Maria, works so well.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Allsorts this week and good luck.

    B x

  2. I can't believe this!
    How totally SMART is this...just a perfect
    take on that challenge. The masking really
    making this look so dimensional! Which I am
    certain was a challenge! (One I understand because
    I am trying to make flat enough holiday cards
    to stick in the mail w/o extra postage! LOL!)

    So very glad to see this...thanks so much for linking
    up at ABC Challenges!


  3. WOW What a super card Maria you have certainly thought about every aspect to achieve a layered look on only one layer. Super job love it.
    Fi x

  4. Hi Maria
    wow what an amazing card and such a fantastic approach to this weeks allsorts challenge. Well done on getting the top 5 this week! Jo x

  5. Super card !!
    thanks for joining us at Diva's this time hope to see you next time too

  6. A great one layer card. Thank you so much for entering our challenge at ALLSORTS this week, good luck & hope you’ll join us again!
    Hugz Fleur xXx

  7. Very beautiful - love the look of winter - thanks for joining us at the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge this week, Elizabeth (DT)

  8. Gorgeous Maria,love the affects.

    Julie x

  9. really stunning card !
    thanks for playing with us at stamptacular sunday this week
    céline dt member

  10. This is really stunning. I like the layer effect the use of masking and those two different stamp scenes gives to the card. This ooses of crisp, cold old fashioned christmas. Thanks for playing at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge and good luck. Hope to see you back sunday for a new challenge. Bettina xx


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