Sunday, August 19, 2018

Sparkly Christmas Trees

Hi everyone.  Sharing two very quick CAS Christmas cards today.  The CAS Christmas August Challenge is open for another five days, so lots of time to play along! :)


I made these at the craft retreat in May.  We played with encrusted jewels technique, which I have mentioned a couple of times before.  I have a small griddle that I used to heat my die-cut trees (die-cut from heavy white card stock - just one layer).  I sprinkled over top for the card above, lime green embossing powder along with bright blue glitter embossing powder that I've had for about 15 years. :)  They look fantastic together.  Coated them with UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel) --- or you could use clear embossing powder --- to seal all the glitter.   I had this already made in my stash, so simply tore two pieces of heavy white card stock to create my snow hills at the bottom, and stamped my sentiment in Salty Ocean distress ink and sprinkled with more of the blue glitter.  I'll show you a close-up of the trees so you can how pretty they are.

Here's a close-up ...

... and I have a second card that is made exactly the same with the torn hills and stamped, embossed sentiment.  Used a different die-cut tree and heated it with a mixture of green glitter and blue glitter embossing powders, and added shaved ice melted on top ... that's what gives the iridescent shine.  Gold embossing powder on the trunk of the tree.

... and close-up ...

Do you have any die-cut or stamped trees in your UFO box??   Make them into a CAS card and join us ... we'd love to see you in the gallery!






Stamps:  Christmas Sentiments (Gina Marie Designs)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah 110 lb.); Heavy white card (140 lb.) for die-cuts
Ink:  Salty Ocean Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Card #1 tree die (Alpine Trees - Memory Box); Card #2 tree (Christmas Tree #1 - STAMPlorations), embossing powders:  lime green, green glitter, blue glitter, gold , UTEE, Shaved Ice (Stampendous)

Challenges:
CAS Christmas August Challenge - Tree

30 comments:

Nance said...

Love both these trees, Loll with the blues and greens! Love that shimmer on the 2nd one from the shaved ice.

Chris Dring said...

Wow! Two gorgeous tree cards! Love this technique!

Christine Alexander said...

Both cards are gorgeous Loll, the lime green and blue look stunning together for you trees and all that sparkle is perfect for a Christmas tree :)

Bonnie said...

This technique makes the most awesome Christmas trees, Loll! Both are gorgeous!

Barb Ghig said...

Your cards are gorgeous, Loll! I love all the sparkle from the embossing powders and the shaved ice on the 2nd tree is so striking! I also love the funky shapes of the trees...they pair perfectly with this technique! Thanks so much for sharing your process with us...sounds like fun!

Nancy Stislow said...

What gorgeous powders you used to created these beautiful trees! Love all the glitter and sparkle in them. I like that you used heavy paper too, which is why mine curled when I tried this on the stove on a griddle. Great idea! Love how both of these turned out.

Quillish said...

Oh.. wow.. what stunners! I have seen you do this technique before but this color combination and Christmas tree.. looks magical, Loll. I have to start hoarding glitter powders now.

Anita in France said...

Wow, Loll ... the glow and sparkle on each card is just amazing ... what magical, wintery Christmas tree scenes! I really need to try this technique ... you make it so tempting (no doubt because you use it so brilliantly!). Hugs, Anita :)

Ina G said...

Glimmery gorgeousness Loll. Love both cards with amazing results. I think I will practice on my CUTplorations Christmas tree die. Looks like fun!

Maxine D said...

What stunning and beautiful trees Loll - pity they don't grow as glittery as these ones, it would save us decorating them :)
Blessings
Maxine

aussie aNNie said...

UTEE is one amazing craft to use, lovely result.

Daffodil Cards said...

OH! these are gorgeous and sparkly.
Faith

Linda said...

These are stunning Loll, so sparkly. What a fab technique xx

Jeanne said...

Gorgeous! Adore the green and blue combination. Wow!

My Paper Epiphany said...

wow these are so stunning!

Brenda in IN said...

Wow, and I don't mean the embossing powder wow. These are just fantastic. A beautiful combination of glitter embossing powders and the shaved ice made it sparkle even more.

nancy littrell said...

Oh my Gosh, Loll...Both your encrusted Christmas Tree images are absolutely Stunning!!! Thank you for sharing the close ups of both cards. I love the colors, sparkles, textures and dimensions of your beauties. Both cards need to be touched and admired in the sunlight:-) TFS Hugs..

Marcia HIll said...

These are both SOOOO pretty Loll!! Absolutely LOVE the blue and green together and the sparkle is amazing! Lovely, lovely cards my friend!! :0)

Trina P. said...

I remember these! Beautiful cards, Loll! The encrusted jewel pieces are always so stunning and can stand on their own.

Susan said...

Two beautiful encrusted jewel trees turned into perfect CAS cards!

Brenda said...

Wow to both of the cards with the beautiful encrusted jewel trees!!!! I love how they came out, the blue and green is so pretty together-one of my favorite color combo's. Hugs, Brenda

Bobby said...

Your techniques are always wonders to behold, Loll. Encrusted trees. What else is up your sleeve? Now I've come to your most recent post and as promised I've seen them all.

Mac Mable said...

So glittery and so shiny and they both have the Wow factor. The colours look great and the technique is fabulous. Loving all that glitter and loving both of your amazing cards x

Papercraft Boutique said...

Your encrusted jewel tree cards are simply gorgeous, Loll! The combination of lime green and light blue is so pretty, and you sprinkled the blue eb powder on just the right spots. The iridescent shine of the shaved ice of the second tree is so beautiful too.
Even with the other elements being the same, the different style/shape of the tree makes the card look very different from each other. I love both styles! Hideko xx

Julia Aston said...

Two gorgeous trees using this fun technique Loll!! Especially love the first cluster of pines!

Hazel Kinvig-Paul said...

Oh, my! I haven't even thought about Christmas yet and I know it's only a matter of . . . blink and it's here!! Great makes Loll, I especially love that 'squiggle' tree! Have a great day! Hazel xx

Darnell said...

Gosh that was so much fun at the retreat, Lolly! I remember your beautiful cluster of trees and love this new stylized tree all bejeweled and glossy!! Two stunning cards!! Love, Dolly

Jo Manna said...

You are definitely a pro with this technique. Your mixtures are perfect precious jewels. Both are incredible and totally awesome. xx

Karen D. said...

love the look mf.
xx Karen

BożenA said...

Great two cards. I do not have a device for melting the EP, and now I see that it allows you to do real miracles. Your balls look stunning. I love how EP melting creates a glazed layer, like Venetian glass.
Hugs,
BożenA