As promised, today I am sharing with you the Seasonally Scattered cards made with floor polish, liquid watercolour paints and a touch of glitter. Firstly I will apologise for being MIA on Thursday – I was struck down with nasty tonsillitis and spent the day asleep! I got some antibiotics on Friday and they have greatly improved the situation, but I was a very poorly bunny. Then on Saturday my baby girl went down with a bug, and is only just getting over that! I just hope that Gary stays healthy – especially this close to Christmas!
This will be my last post for you before Christmas, as there is a LOT I need to get done before the big day and I won’t have time for blogging, I’m afraid! But I will try to sneak some crafting into the next couple of weeks, and share with you when I can. We have the twins, and are going away for a few days, though, so I am not going to promise any specifics! I will be back blogging in the new year, if not before.
So, here’s the process of making some pretty effective cards, using your basic household product – floor polish! This was not my idea, I learned it at a workshop with Sheena Douglass, but I loved it and wanted to do at least some of my Christmas cards with it.
Firstly, I stamped the Merry sentiment from Seasonally Scattered in Versamark ink onto heat-resistant acetate and embossed it in white detail powder. I did this a few times onto each piece of acetate to make the best use of the space available!
You will see that two of the sentiments are lighter than the others – this is because they are white pearl embossing powder which I decided was not crisp enough for this application. The next step (once the embossing was cool and as flat as possible) was to pour a puddle of floor polish onto the back of the acetate. I put a non-stick craft sheet under the paper and was very careful! The polish is acrylic-based and I did not want it to go everywhere. I used a wide flat brush to spread the polish across the acetate, then started adding drops of watercolours. I used the brush to swirl the colours around and mix them together, then left it to settle. Add a pinch of glitter, and cover the back of the image with one-ply of a facial tissue to “seal” the polish and give the creased and crumpled effect.
Leave to dry – preferably overnight.
Then use a guillotine or paper trimer to cut down the sentiment panels, and use brads to mount them to your cards!
Write cards and deliver to your nearest and dearest 🙂 Hope that they like them!!
What do you think? Do you like these cards? They can also be made using crystal effects instead of the floor polish, but as each image uses a reasonable amount of liquid, that does make the cost of the cards pretty high. The floor polish smells pretty good, and does not cost a lot of money but is a huuuge bottle! I plan to do an evening on this in the New Year – let me know if you’d be interested in coming along!!
I hope you like these slightly unusual cards, and that you have an amazing Christmas and New Year. Celebrate well but responsibly, have fun but don’t go crazy, and I will see you all back here in the New Year ready for a massive SaleABration celebration, not to mention the launch of the new Spring/Summer catalogue!