Tuesday, 8 December 2020

2020 Topic 22 Icy Cards with XHP (by Claire Snowdon)

  2020 Topic 22: Icy Christmas


Creating unexpected and uncontrolled results is one of the joys of creating art. Claire has whipped up some modern and cool Christmas greetings which would be a great template if you need some creating in a flash. Using Infusions creates wonderful results that are a great contrast to the stamped images.
~ Keren.

Hi everyone, it's Claire Snowdon back with you again today.  I'd like to share some quick and easy Christmas cards - perfect for this time of year!

This is a quick and easy technique however each card will be completely unique - which is why I love it so much...if you like to have total control over your projects this one might not be for you!


I started by creating a watercolour look on a series of squares of PaperArtsy Smoothy card.  I did this by wetting the card with a spray bottle then adding slightly watered down Fresco Finish paint in three colours - Aqua Duck Egg, Azure and Cerulean.



After thoroughly drying the paint I added two colours of Paperartsy Infusions - Violet Storms and Sleight Blue.  I liberally sprayed with water, drying with paper towel and heat gun until I was happy with the look.


Next I added the images from HPXM08 to all the pieces of cards using VersaMark and Wow white embossing powder.  I added the images over the darkest areas in the background so the white would really pop.



I then stamped the sentiments onto each card using Versafine Clair black ink. These are all from the same stamp set HPXM08.


I matted all the toppers onto (very!) shiny silver mirror card; I think this gives them a really modern Christmas vibe.  Then I added them to the square card blanks.


I added a variety of different colours and sizes of sparkly gems and liquid pearls to the cards as a final, festive finishing touch!


I made each of my cards in a different design, but of course if you have a lot to make this can be a quick technique once you have all your base colours down and dried to just add the same stamping to each card.


I really love how the colours in the background have turned out, it's a modern Christmas colour scheme but the Infusions have given it a depth and a little bit of a different twist on modern Christmas. 


I hope you have time for some festive crafting and maybe you'll have time to create some of your own icy cards.  

Thank you for joining me today,

Claire xx

3 comments:

Miriam said...

These are wonderful Claire...love how the infusions create a perfect icy background

Helen said...

oh Claire, these are beautiful!

A Pink said...

Lovely cards, Claire. The effect of the infusions on the frescos give them a real 'arty' feel . tfs x

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