Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Swirly embossed bauble

Hi, Amanda here and I'm going to mention the 'C' word! Although I mean to do a little Christmas crafting all year round, I rarely get round to it until September. So today I thought I'd share a fun Christmas project to get me started. I've made a clean and simple card using a Sizzix Framelits set that includes an embossing folder to make a large bauble, and a second folder with matching dies featuring coordinating images and greetings. The bauble is embossed onto card that I coloured using alcohol inks applied with water.

First I put a few drops of botanical and cranberry alchohol ink into a shallow tray of water and blew the water to make some swirls:

Next I carefully laid white card onto the surface of the water, then set aside to dry. Slightly glossy card is ideal for this - I recycled some packaging.

Once dry, I embossed the swirly card with the large bauble design and cut out, positioning the bauble to make best use of the pattern.

I then highlighted the embossing and edges by applying a mixture of gold alcohol mixative and peeled paint distress ink with cut-n-dry foam.

For the greeting I embossed some gold mirror card first with a frame, and then with word 'Joy' before cutting out with the matching frame die. I used a little low-tac masking tape to hold everything in place:

Next I cut panels of green and red scalloped card and a few centimeters of gold thread and got everything together.

The large bauble design features a small bauble in the centre, and the detail embossing folder features a matching bauble. I embossed, cut, and inked this small bauble, curved it a little and added it to the large bauble with a small gold gem.

I fixed the gold thread to the top of a panel of green card, wrapping it around the back for a neat finish, then matted onto the red card, fixed to a DL card blank, and added the greeting, bauble, and a gold bow.

Thanks for visiting, and happy Christmas, er, I mean crafting!



  1. Didn't know you could marble with alcohol inks so thank you for this amazing tip!

    Fantastic bauble, love the colour and the embossing very much :-) xxx