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Monday, 16 November 2020

Heart of Christmas - November 2020

Art With Heart Team Heart of Christmas 2020 with In the Pines

Hello. Welcome to Valley Inspirations with Andrea and the final Heart of Christmas Showcase for 2020. It's hard to believe that Christmas will be here next month.
While I have needed to take a break from blogging for a few weeks due to health and other  demands, I couldn't resist participating in this last 2020 Heart of Christmas Showcase

Highland Heather In the Pines Stampin Up card, Andrea Sargent, Valley Inspirations, Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator, Adelaide Foothills, Australia

The two cards that I am sharing had their genesis in the Highland Heather Colour Creations Showcase. I needed to pull out of that Showcase but had already started some creating, including the water-coloured background used in Project 1 and the water-coloured trees used on Project 2.

PROJECT 1:

Highland Heather In the Pines Stampin Up card, Andrea Sargent, Valley Inspirations, Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator, Adelaide Foothills, Australia

To create the background, Fluid 100 Water-color paper was heat embossed with a sentiment from the For Unto Us stamp set, using a Versamark ink pad, White Stampin' Emboss powder and a Heat Gun. The background used the wet on wet water-colouring technique with Balmy Blue, Highland Heather and Pool Party Classic Stampin' ink

Highland Heather In the Pines Stampin Up card, Andrea Sargent, Valley Inspirations, Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator, Adelaide Foothills, Australia

The water-colour emboss resist technique gives an amazing effect. After being left to dry naturally, the water-coloured paper was trimmed to size and then dry embossed with the oh so gorgeous Evergreen Forrest 3D Embossing folder. This background was mounted on a piece of Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper (DSP) and then to the Highland Heather card  base.

Highland Heather In the Pines Stampin Up card, Andrea Sargent, Valley Inspirations, Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator, Adelaide Foothills, Australia

The white trees were die cut from Shimmery White card-stock with the Pine Woods dies and a number of trees were also cut from Vellum card-stock. The Vellum trees were adhered directly to the water-coloured backgrounded the Shimmery White trees were popped up on a thin strip of Dimensionals positioned at the centre of the tree.

Highland Heather In the Pines Stampin Up card, Andrea Sargent, Valley Inspirations, Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator, Adelaide Foothills, Australia

A sentiment from the In the Pines stamp set was heat embossed using Versamark ink and White Stampin' Emboss powder on Highland Heather card-stock. This was fussy cut and then partially adhered to the top tree with Multi-purpose Liquid glue and Mini Dimensionals under the word 'You'.

Highland Heather In the Pines Stampin Up card, Andrea Sargent, Valley Inspirations, Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator, Adelaide Foothills, Australia

Finishing touches were made with the addition of some Snowflake Adhesive-Backed embellishments. A piece of the Misty Moonlight/Silver twine from the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo pack was coloured with a Dark Highland Heather Blend and tied around the spine of the card and tied in a bow near the top of the card.

Highland Heather In the Pines Stampin Up card, Andrea Sargent, Valley Inspirations, Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator, Adelaide Foothills, Australia

A piece of Whisper White card-stock was stamped a couple of times with a group of little trees from the In the Pines stamp set using Balmy Blue and Highland Heather Classic Stampin' inks. Part of the stamp was inked in Balmy Blue and then the other section of the stamp was inked with Highland Heather and then stamped. A thin strip of the water-coloured paper was also adhered to the card inner. A C6 Whisper White envelope was similarly stamped across the bottom front of the envelope.

Highland Heather In the Pines Stampin Up card, Andrea Sargent, Valley Inspirations, Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator, Adelaide Foothills, Australia


PROJECT 2:

The second card has a similar colour scheme and uses many of the same products, though the areas coloured and areas in white are reversed.

Highland Heather In the Pines Stampin Up card, Andrea Sargent, Valley Inspirations, Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator, Adelaide Foothills, Australia

The background of the card front was created from a piece of Whisper White card-stock that was dry embossed with the Evergreen Forest 3D Embossing folder. This was adhered to a Purple Posy card base with Multi-purpose Liquid Glue. A star from the Curvy Christmas Stamp set was stamped above the trees in Balmy Blue Classic Stampin ink and stamped off twice.

Highland Heather In the Pines Stampin Up card, Andrea Sargent, Valley Inspirations, Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator, Adelaide Foothills, Australia

To add some texture and dimension, a piece of Whisper White card-stock the same width of the card front was die cut with the simpler curvy die from the Pine Wood dies and some White Embossing Paste was smeared over to represent uneven snow texture. Once dry, this piece was popped in place at the bottom of the card front with Dimensionals.

Highland Heather In the Pines Stampin Up card, Andrea Sargent, Valley Inspirations, Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator, Adelaide Foothills, Australia

The trees were cut from Shimmery White card-stock and water-coloured with Balmy Blue, Pool Party and Highland Heather Classic Stampin' ink. This effect was achieved by tapping the ink onto a block and lightly spritzing with some water. The wet inks were finger painted directly onto the die cut trees with a gloved hand. Finger painting the trees was such fun and let my inner child play. The trees were left to dry naturally.

Highland Heather In the Pines Stampin Up card, Andrea Sargent, Valley Inspirations, Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator, Adelaide Foothills, Australia

Once dry the trees were lightly painted with some Frost White Shimmer Paint to add a little sparkle and a sense of snow. The coloured trees were positioned with some Vellum trees underneath. The Vellum trees were adhered to the background with Multi-purpose Liquid Glue and the water-coloured trees were popped in place with thin strips of Dimensionals.

Highland Heather In the Pines Stampin Up card, Andrea Sargent, Valley Inspirations, Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator, Adelaide Foothills, Australia

A sentiment from the Wrapped In Christmas stamp set was stamped in Gorgeous Grape Classic Stampin' ink on Whisper White card-stock and then cut with a small die from the Ornate Frames dies. The label was positioned with Dimensionals. Some Snowflake Adhesive-backed Embellishments added the finishing touch.

Highland Heather In the Pines Stampin Up card, Andrea Sargent, Valley Inspirations, Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator, Adelaide Foothills, Australia

The card inner was created from a piece of Whisper White card-stock that was stamped with a sentiment from the For Unto Us stamp set in Gorgeous Grape Classic Stampin' ink. This darker shade of purple was chosen to more clearly define the sentiment. 

Highland Heather In the Pines Stampin Up card, Andrea Sargent, Valley Inspirations, Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator, Adelaide Foothills, Australia

As with the first project, above, trees were stamped across the base of the card inner using Balmy Blue and Purple Posy Classic Stampin' ink. (As a Demonstrator, I was able to order the 2019-2021 In Colours prior to the Purple Posy ink being discontinued. This lighter shade of purple could also be achieved by stamping off Highland Heather Classic ink.) The envelope was similarly stamped with the same stamp and ink across the bottom front of a C6 Whisper White envelope.

Highland Heather In the Pines Stampin Up card, Andrea Sargent, Valley Inspirations, Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator, Adelaide Foothills, Australia

Thank you for sharing the Heart of Christmas 2020 Showcase for November. I hope you are enjoying the blog hop and finding inspiration. We are always excited to see each others creations and always inspired by one another.

Judy May, our amazing coordinator (who does a wonderful job of keeping us in line), has all the links to the other participant's blogs for this November's Heart of Christmas 2020 Showcase. Click here to visit/revisit to Judy's blog at Just Judy Designs to find more Christmas inspiration. 

It is such a blessing to share with my talented colleagues and so I am sure there will be wonderful projects to inspire in each blog, so do drop by.  

I hope you have enjoyed the Heart of Christmas Showcase for 2020 and found inspiration over the past months. I really appreciate you dropping by and visiting Valley Inspirations.

Also, please don't hesitate to contact me if you are in Australia and would like a copy of the  Stampin' Up! 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue or the August - December 2020 Mini Catalogue; or if you have any queries that I could help with. If you are interested in buying Stampin' Up! products, I would privileged to help you. A new mini catalogue is arriving soon for January to June 2021. I have had a sneak peak and there will be gorgeous products available.

I hope you are coping in these difficult times. There are so many challenges being faced. Look after yourself and your loved ones. Stay safe, stay healthy and stay sane.

Andrea 😘

#awhtheartofchristmasshowcase

7 comments:

  1. Your cards are absolutely stunning, Andrea! The colours are amazing. I'm glad you have fun finger painting, I would have too!

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  2. Oh wow, I love this combination of colour, Andrea. The Heat embossing of the words, watercolouring and the embossing is genius, such a fabulous project.

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  3. Beautiful cards Andrea, I love the non traditional colour scheme you’ve used

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  4. Beautiful cards, Andrea that are more like works of art! Absolutely love the background on the first card; the soft colours are gorgeous for a contemporary Christmas card.

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  5. Wow Andrea these cards are so delicate and ethereal and very beautiful! I adore your watercoloured background!

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  6. Oh, these are beautiful, Andrea! I especially love your second project; the crisp white background, and those trees - finger painted? Fabulous! I love the look of the ink application, on the Shimmery White cardstock. Gorgeous.

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  7. Beautiful cards, Andrea. The colours are so soft and pretty, and the cards have a delicate elegance to them. Gorgeous!!!

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