Thursday, December 1, 2016

Layered Fantasy Card

Charity here from Scrappin' Chaos. Today's post is a Christmas card I designed for a Professor friend.
He loves all things literary and is invited various places to give talks on his favorite authors.
A dragon with a horde of books seems to fit him exactly!
~ Christmas Joy ~
This card is constructed with layer upon layer of stamping, embossing, rub-ons, and cardstock. 
 To begin with I cut the Red Glitter Paisley Cardstock to a little less than 5x7.
I stamped the dragon in black pigment ink, dusted it with sparkling black powder, and heat embossed it.
This process curled the paper heavily but I knew more embossing was on the way so I didn't let it bother me.
The only book stamp I have is a stack of three books so I dipped it in pigment ink and stamped and gold embossed
repeatedly on the card. I tried to stack the books up, but the process was a bit haphazard.
The edges of the red paper were rather ink smeared by the time I was finished with the book stamp.
I trimmed an 1/8 inch off the sides and a 1/4 inch off the bottom.
This gave the impression of even more books, just out of sight.
I layered the dragon on top of the Wedding Cut-Outs Cardstock and the Snow Covered Trees Cardstock
so that each layer had an 1/8 inch rim showing and the card fit a 5x7 card blank and envelope. 
With as much embossing as I had done the red cardstock was rather warped.
I reheated it from the other side to smooth it out, then stitched all the layers together.
The stitching gives the red cardstock a visual frame. It also provides a secure hold for all those layers.
To add the Christmas flavor to the card I used the Christmas Rub-On sheet. I cut the holly garland
so that I could add it to the top of the card in a line rather than the corner shape offered.
I inked the edge of the card to give it just a tad bit more definition.
My final step for this card was a sentiment, also from the Christmas Rub-On Sheet.
I added it to a strip of the Wedding Cut-Outs Cardstock.
I used a corner punch on the end and inked the edges, then adhered it to the card front.
As with any handmade card the best part is the inside inscription.
I hope for many years of friendship with my literary friend
and many more handmade cards sent off to Mexico!
Check my blog Scrappin' Chaos for a list of supplies.

Scrap On!

~charity~

5 comments:

The Robins Nest OCrowley said...

Very cool card!! I love how it all came together!

Tracy F. said...

WOW! Amazing card!

Colleen said...

This is just amazing and I love it.

Karen Sessions said...

Great tutorial!

marie-christine denis said...

Lovely and original card!

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