Hello all, Alison back with you again today and - wonder of wonders! - I have a card for you today. I'm so sorry that I don't seem to have any process photos for this one - I got wrapped up in the creating - but it's honestly pretty simple, so let me take you through what I did to make it.
From the moment I saw Tim Holtz's Birch Tree Thinlits die, I knew I "needed" it, but this was my first chance to have a play. I cut it out of white card and then started blending Distress Inks on to the trunks of the trees.
I used Pumice Stone, then Hickory Smoke, then some very subtle touches of Ground Espresso and Black Soot. I also used a pastel pencil in dark grey to add some markings, and then softened them with some paper towel.
For the background between the trees, I used a sheet of Ranger Watercolour Paper. I put Stormy Sky, Wilted Violet and Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks on to my craft mat (direct from the ink pads), spritzed the inks with water and pressed the paper down onto them. I dried the result, then dipped and dabbed again and again until I liked the look.
I glued the two layers together and trimmed as necessary before using the Paper Distresser to give the edges some texture and dimension.
That panel is then matted onto another layer of white card, also distressed, and the whole thing is then glued onto some plain white folded card.
I cut the word from the Handwritten Holidays thinlits out of the same card...
... a little prayer in these troubled times.
I spattered Chalk Fresco paint with a fine paintbrush, including on to the white background. I'm really enjoying white on white at the moment for some reason - perhaps its fragility reminds me of our own position here on earth.
Some simple stamping on the inside - using Wilted Violet and Chipped Sapphire combined on the stamp - provides the greeting.
I hope you like it, and I'll see you in December... here we go!