Bold Holiday Cards with a Festive Background and Minimal Supplies

by Svitlana Shayevich

Hello friends! Svitlana here today, and I want to share a bold holiday card featuring a festive background made using minimal supplies.

For this technique, you will just need a layering stencil, a couple of inks, and clear embossing powder. Let's get started:

A Festive Background for Holiday Cards with Minimal Supplies

The technique is based on the resist effect of heat embossing, allowing to layer ink blending and create multi-color designs.

@altenew_ Bold Holiday Cards with a Festive Background and Minimal Supplies

I used the Festive Greenery Stencil Set to create the festive background. Starting with the first stencil from the set, I added a berries layer onto a Solar White Cardstock panel using the Ruby Red Fresh Dye Ink and Mini Blending Brush.

Next, with the stencil still in place, I applied the Clear Embossing Ink onto the berries and heat embossed them with the Crystal Clear Embossing Powder.

After that, I placed the next stencil layer (the leaves) and applied the Forest Glades Fresh Dye Ink through the stencil. Again, I applied the Clear Embossing Ink on top and heat embossed with the Crystal Clear Embossing Powder.

@altenew_ Bold Holiday Cards with a Festive Background and Minimal Supplies

Next, I inked up the whole panel with the Evergreen Fresh Dye Ink. The areas with clear-embossed berries and leaves resisted the ink blending so only the spaces in between got inked.

For the last stencil layer, I opted to use the Pure White Embossing Powder. I applied the Clear Embossing Ink through this stencil, followed by pouring said embossing powder onto the panel and heat setting it.

I decided to go with white for this layer as knew that I would add some other white elements onto the card and it would tie them all together.

At this point, the core part of creating the festive background was finished.

I also want to note that for each step, I generously applied antistatic powder on the whole panel to prevent stray embossing powder particles from sticking to the areas where I didn't want them to be.

Adding Sentiments and Embellishments

@altenew_ Bold Holiday Cards with a Festive Background and Minimal Supplies

To add more interest to the background I also added the Pure White Ink Spray splatters onto it.

To make the sentiment, I used dies from the Christmas Season Die Set. I die-cut each word 5 times out of a white cardstock, stacked the corresponding pieces, and glued them together using liquid glue.

Having a dimensional or raised sentiment added more impact to the card and added more elements beyond the festive background.

To embellish the card, I also tied a red baker's twine around the panel's top part. And added several red and white enamel dots from the Red Cosmos and Essential Black and White Sets.

Lastly, I foam-mounted the panel onto a white card base using the Instant Dimension Foam Tape.

And there you have it: a bold holiday card design with a festive background!

Notice that I only needed one stencil set to create the background. This technique could be used with any other layering stencil set, for any design and occasion.

Let me know what you think of this design in the comments below. Have a wonderful day!


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1 comment

Tara C Prince December 9, 2023 - 4:05 PM

great design


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