Imagine… a blustery winter day with flurries flying and floating through the air… That’s what today’s Lovely as A Tree Christmas Card reminds me of!
Blustery days are often very bleak and gray, right? Today’s card was brightened up with layers of whisper white, midnight muse and bashful blue card stock.
The Bashful Blue layer was cut 5-1/4” x 4” and stamped direct to paper (DTP) using midnight muse classic ink.
It’s always a bit tricky attaching vellum to cards… so on today’s card share, I employed two tried and true tricks of the trade!
First, I cut the vellum layer at 4” x 5-1/2” and scored at 5” using the simply scored board. After bone-folding along the scored line, the 1/2” flap was glued behind the bashful blue layer.
As second vellum securing step:
- A 4” wide scrap of whisper white card stock was curvy cut, stamped and attached along the left edge using tiny 1/8” mini brads in silver.
- Brads were placed using the essentials paper piercing pack, stampin’ pierce mat and paper piercing tool through the whisper white, vellum, bashful blue and midnight muse card stock layers.
- Piercing and placing brads through many layers allows them to lie flatter on the card base.
The muted lovely as a tree image seemed to need a little something more… and then the snow flurries arrived! At first I embossed the vellum card stock layer using the perfect polka dots embossing folder… but it was too much!!
On my second pass, I decided to add the flurries using a white gel pen, dotting in a random pattern and allowing it to dry completely before handling further.
White Gel Pens can be a little tricky to use… and here are a few tips you can employ for success…
Today’s Tips for Paper Crafters: White Gel Pens
- Number ONE… ALWAYS store your white gel pen horizontally.
- After each use, be sure to clean the roller ball tip by scribbling on a scrap of paper, or use a tissue to to remove excess. White gel pens contain paint… and paint when dry, is done!
- If you’re having trouble getting the paint to flow from the pen, examine the tip and check to see that the roller ball is moving. You can use your fingernail to gently roll the ball.
- When using the gel pen, don’t press too hard onto your paper or card stock. A light touch is better, allowing the paint to flow from the pen. Pressing too hard will suffocate the roller ball and nothing will come out.
- Try shaking the pen vigorously with a downward motion to get the paint to the tip of the pen.
- Remove the protective cover from the end of the pen which covers the ink barrel. Use a toothpick or piece of card stock to push the paint toward the roller ball tip of the pen.
- I’ve heard of people immersing the pen in warm water or even microwaving the pens (yikes) and using a liquid match on the tip of the pen with success…. but honestly I’ve never had to do that!
- Keep a spare on hand… when your paint pen is dead, it’s dead… LOL, it’s always good to have a spare handy!
Have a wonderful day, I look forward to reading your comments and thanks for stopping by my blog today!
Shop my online stampin’ up store for supplies used in today’s…
Lovely as a Tree Vellum Snowscape and White Gel Pen Tips
Stamps: Lovely As A Tree, More Merry Messages
Papers: Whisper White 100730, Midnight Muse 126843, Bashful Blue 105120, Vellum Card Stock 101856
Inks: Midnight Muse 126860
Terrific Tools: Stampin’ Sponge Wedge 101610, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack 126187, Stampin’ Pierce Mat 126199, Paper Piercing Tool 126189, Simply Scoring Tool 122334, Bone Folder 102300, Paper Snips 103579
Awesome Accessories: White Gel Pen , Snail Adhesive 104332, 1/8” Mini Brads 122941