Monday, August 30, 2010

Christmas in August

Okay, so I know it is HOT in Michigan today, but I just finished my cards for the Dreamweaver Design Team Christmas challenge, and I am very excited about them, so I am posting one today. This one took a long time for me to figure out because I had something in mind, but nothing was coming close to it. Finally, I think I got it right.

This card started with a statement I heard from Lynell in California's CHA last January. She said that she doesn't use the binders in her Metallic FX, because the polymer clay artists liked to use it without binders. I filed that notion away for awhile, but it was always in the back of my mind. This ornament, which I actually purchased to teach a cloisonne technique in a class, was used with black polymer clay. I pressed the stencil into the clay, then removed it and cut the embossed design out with my Exacto. I used the holly stencil, and pressed that into the clay as well. Then, I brushed the openings with mica powders and rubbed the powder in lightly with my finger. After that, it was baking according to package directions.

The word also used mica powders. It was pasted with glossy black and sprinkled with moonstone and goldfinch Metallic FX while it was still wet. Once dry, Swiffer cloths work great to pick up the excess.

Assembly wasn't too hard. I used metallic white Wassau paper, Bo Bunny green pattern paper, ribbons and a Dreamweaver pin. I sent the ornament through my 5" Xyron, and also actually tied it onto the card as well. The actual card is an A2, with that 1 1/4" on the right hand side trimmed off, so the celebrate word underneath shows through.
Enough Christmas for today--hope you enjoyed it!


  1. this is wonderful Laura! I miss you. We really should get together soon.

  2. Oooohhh, FABULOUS...using stencils with polymer clay...thanks for the inspiration Ms Laura!!

  3. This card is beautiful! I have to say that you are the "queen of techniques." Each of your designs seem to use many, and a lot of them I'm not familiar with - thanks for the lessons!

  4. love it! I also use a tissue with the puff plus to get the excess off...way cheaper!! LOL