Thursday, 18 October 2012

Santa Bauble- For Creative Expressions

I have a little (er..not so little..grab a cuppa and pull up a chair!) tutorial for you today, a step by step showing you how I created my latest piece for Creative Expressions! I made a Santa Bauble card, using the fabulous Tim Holtz Christmas Time stamp set....
Lots of subtle sparkle....
so its nice and Christmassy.... and lots of splats...
so its also very 'me' !!!!!
Right, here goes with the instructions!
Firstly, take a piece of white card, and stamp the snowflakes randomly using Snow Cap paint. Tricky to see in the pic, but its there!
Dry the paint snowflakes thoroughly, then blend Broken China Distress Ink onto the card. The paint will resist the ink, so the snowflakes will show through.
Cover the whole card with ink in this manner. Next, rub the ink pad onto a craft sheet. Add a few drops of Broken China Reinker , and spritz with water....
'Smoosh' your snowflake stamped card through this inky mess. Dry off and repeat until you have a background you like. Whilst you're at it, do the same to a bit of scrap card, we'll need this later.
Make sure the snowflake card is totally dry, then stamp more snowflakes, this time using Embossing Ink . Sprinkle Ranger Sticky Embossing powder over the images....
Heat the powder. As soon as it melts it becomes sticky, so immediately pour Rock Candy dry glitter over the sticky areas.
Top tip: Let the images go COMPLETELY cold before brushing off any excess glitter. If the sticky embossing powder is still a little warm and you try to brush the glitter off, you will get rid of it all, image as well!
Now my favourite bit....getting messy! Put a dab of white paint, reinker and Perfect Pearls onto your craft mat, add add a little water to each. Using a paintbrush, flick a little of each onto the background to create splats.......
That's the background all done. Next, the bauble. Remember the extra bit of card you coloured? Stamp Santa onto the card. Don't worry about inking the whole image as we don't need it all for this bit..
Cut a circle from acetate, and use it as a template to draw around the Santa. Cut him out too.....
Using Glossy Accents , glue the acetate to the top of the stamped image. Add a little around the edges too, and dip them in the Dry Stickles glitter.
Set this aside to dry. To create the top of the bauble, cut a small square from card, and wrap it in Foil Tape
Use an embossing tool or the end of a used up biro to impress lines into the foil covered square..
Squeeze a little Silver Paint onto a craft sheet, then use the edge of an old store card to create a silver line on your background. This will be the 'hanging attachment' for the bauble.
Once this is dry, glue the bauble into place. Mat onto blue card, then a white card blank, and you're all finished!
Hopefully you're all still awake!! The glitter snowflakes are very subtle in the picture, but in real life they add a fab sheen to the piece!
Tune in again next Thursday for another (and this one's very quirky!) take on creating with this great stamp set!
love Trish xx


  1. Great tutorial. Thank you so much!

  2. another great make with these stamps and a fab tutorial! trace x

  3. ...awesome card and tutorial Trish, loVe the Christmas sparkle and the cool frosty blues...Mel :)

  4. Great tutorial Trish and love the finished result. jo xx

  5. Lovely card, the sparkle is gorgeous as is your inky background. Love the santa bauble and you tutorial. Tracy x

  6. Stunning card, and the tutorial is completely fantastic - clear, concise and full of detail, thank you! Was feeling a bit mojo-light, but now I'm off to get inky... thanks to you...
    Alison x

  7. A totally brilliant card Trish, love the cool blues and the gorgeous snowflakes. Excellent tutorial too. A x

  8. This is amazing! Thank you for the tutorial, I so love the background xx

  9. *clapping* this was a great step by step tutorial, I was right there with you lol, love all the techniques in this weeks project. xx

  10. Just fab Trish! Love the steps and love the look. Kim

  11. Brilliant tutorial. Thank-you! Plus - the card is absolutely gorgeous. Nicola x


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