Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Mother and Child

I am back today with some inspiration for IndigoBlu.  I have made a shabby Christmas card featuring the stamp called Mother and Child.

I started with some grey Bazzill card stock for the blank and then added a panel of music paper that was computer generated and distressed and inked around the edges with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.

Next I made a couple of embossed panels from scraps of card stock, mixed some Silver Luscious with Matte Slap it On and sponged it over the top.

I stamped the image with Jet Black Archival Ink, fussy cut it and then sponged the edges with some of the Silver Luscious mixture.

Next I made a poinsettia out of metal foil tape.  The 2" tape is readily available here at hardware or DIY stores and is used by people in the heating and air conditioning business to wrap pipes.  When the fellow came to service our furnace last fall, I discovered he used 3" wide tape and he was kind enough to sell me a roll from his truck, which allows me to use the larger dies from my Marianne Creatables die set.

The trick with this tape is to cut twice the length that you need, fold it in half and then carefully peel off the paper backing and fold it onto itself.  I take a bone folder and smooth it out after it is folded together.  The adhesive is very sticky so I do not recommend using a punch with it but it does die cut and emboss beautifully.

The next step was to coat each piece with black gesso and then wipe it off leaving the gesso in any grooves or indentations.  I used Ruby Slippers Metallic Paint with a drop of black gesso mixed in to paint three and Emerald City Metallic Paint to paint the last one.  I wanted the red to be a bit deeper so I inked over it randomly with Poppyfield Alcohol Ink.  All the petals were layered together and some large silver seed beads were added to the centre.

I also altered and coloured the word joy with the same red process.  The word is made from wood and was cut for me by my husband on his laser cutter.

To assemble the card, I added some gem flourishes from Michaels, a seam binding loopy bow and a couple of bead stick pins that I made from my stash.

I am sharing the inspiration post at IndigoBlu with Ksenija and Gio so pop on over and check out their gorgeous projects.


  1. What a wonderful Christmas card, Cec! Love the way you combined the image and poinsettia. - Sweet Kobylkin

  2. This is so very beautiful Cec - a really lovely design and I adore that image - gorgeous x

  3. Hello Cec. Such a striking creation, I adore it, it holds so much depth and feeling!


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