Before their 2012 collections were released, I already knew there was a good chance I would be working on G45 cards again this time of year. When I saw "Nutcracker Sweet" I swooned. Those lovely ballerinas.....so elegant and beautiful!
Well, the whole ballet theme took hold in my brain and I came up with 5 cards, 4 of them featuring ballerinas!
Here are some close-ups and details about each card...
|Yeah, he looks a little too serious to be nestled in white and pink chiffon. ha ha!|
|The base of this card is Tim Holtz Black Kraft Core Coredinations, which I embossed with the Sizzix wood grain embossing folder. I also embossed the green polka dot piece for the card's interior with the Christmas words folder.|
|Using my craft knife and ruler, I cut a window into the front of the card.|
|I adhered the embossed green paper inside.|
|I cut out the Nutcracker and adhered him inside so his head would appear in the window.|
|Using this Martha Stewart branch punch, I created some greenery below the window.|
|I coloured seam binding with Fired Brick Distress Stain, crumpled and let dry. Then tied a bow and adhered with liquid glue.|
|The background is Bazzill "Pansy" purple card stock stamped with snowflakes, then glittered with "Lavender" glitter using Ranger's new Sticky Embossing powder.|
|This is the first time I used this Sticky Embossing powder and it's awesome! But you have to work fast because it cools quickly and then loses its stickiness.|
|I cut this American Crafts glitter paper to look like snowy hills.|
Diamond Stickles came in handy for adding sparkle to the blue ballerinas...
|I also added stickles to the Winter Wonderland tag|
|These dancers are popped up onto foam squares.|
"Sugar Plum Fairy"
I cut the mini music sheets from the "Enchanted Journey" patterned paper.
|The edges are sparkling with chunky clear glitter|
|Add Glossy Accents or other clear drying adhesive along the edges of the mini music sheets.|
|Pour chunky glitter over the wet Glossy Accents. Let dry for about half an hour.|
I fussy cut the Sugar Plum Fairy and adhered her with foam squares, then added Clear Diamond Stickles to her wings and shoes.
|Pink tulle is threaded through 2 punched holes in the bottom corners and tied in a bow.|
"Clara and the Mouse King"
|All images are cut from the "Holiday Magic" patterned paper.|
To make the little vintage storybook, I cut apart the small book pages from the "Enchanted Journey" paper, misted them with water, crumpled, uncrumpled and then let dry.
|[Why oh why does Blogger insist on rotating my photos???]|
|After inking the edges with brown chalk ink, I layered the mini book pages using Sookwang adhesive tape.|
|I punched lacy borders along the bottom with a Martha Stewart edge punch.|
"The Blue Ballerina"
|I used a scalloped edge punch around a piece of glitter card stock, then attached tulle to it before adhering the blue ballerina.|
Actually, this blue ballerina card could also serve as a birthday card for a little girl (or a big girl!)
So tell me, which card is your favourite? I'm having a hard time picking mine!
Hope you enjoyed looking at my Graphic 45 Christmas cards....I really enjoyed designing them :)