Friday, December 9, 2011

Telescope Card by Chris

I used my Spellbinders Nestabilities to cut three graduated circles. The smallest (3 inches) is the large circle of the Nestabilities Standard Circle set; the second circle (3.5 inches) is the second to largest of the Petite Scallops set; and the largest one (4.25 inches) is the largest of the Lacey Circles set. I inked up the recessed side of the Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder with Tim Holtz embossing ink and after running it through my big shot I sprinkled it with white embossing powder that I heat set and then sanded. It gave it a nice glossy finish and (I hope) looked a bit like snow. I edged the circle with iced spruce ink from the Limited Edition set. The 3D snowflake is from Joys of the Season cricut cartridge, cut at 2 inches. (I bet Kim can get it for you if you don’t have it.) Both layers were sprayed with Tattered Angels Pearl Mist, mounted using ASI’s Kool Tak 3D Clear Foam pads and a Twinkle Jewel (Winter) added to the center with a Mini Glue Dot.

Next I used Spellbinders Fancy Tags Two and a Let It Snow stamp that I had in my stash. I embossed it using Tim Holtz’s embossing pad and white embossing powder. I glued this with my zig pen across the center of the second circle. For the third circle I again used the embossing pad and covered it with silver powder. I didn’t worry about keeping the inside edges neat as I knew I would cover this with another white circle (3.5 inches) on which I again stamped with the embossing pad, but this time I used clear embossing powder and heat set it. I made a second snowman on a scrap piece of paper and cut it out and used as a mask. With the mask covering my stamped image, I brayered on layers of distress ink, starting with Tumbled Glass, then Broken China, and finally, Faded Jeans. I used a wet watercolor brush to blend the inks a bit more and create some shadows inside the snowman. To give it some more dimension I cut one more 3.5 circle and tore off the top edge of it to set before the snowman. It’s edges were also inked with Tumbled Glass.

To put it together I centered the medium circle so the image was upside down over the large circle with its image right side up and pierced a hole. I put aside the large circle and centered the top circle (again upside down) over the middle one (right side up) and pierced it. The final hole at the top was made through the circle and a ribbon loop to pull it open. After all holes were punched, I lined the holes back up and used small brads to join them and voila—folded it looks like a stacked circle, open--a tiered card.

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