Friday, 24 September 2010

Bah! Humbug! 37 - Stars

My DT example for Bah! Humbug! this week follows a wonderful Acetate Card Tutorial, which demonstrates a simple technique to ensure your background doesn't tip forward when the finished card is on display.   Not good if you've been sneaking the sherry LOL!  It was written by my very good Humbugger buddy and VERY bad influence Ann, who constantly leads me into temptation where crafting goodies are concerned and is responsible for my ever growing obsession with rubber - of the stamping kind in case you're wondering.  
I used the free downloads from the new 'Beatrix Potter - A Winter's Tale' release which is currently available for members at Crafter's Companion.   Very generous and perfect for those of us who have to be a bit more canny with their 'cally-dosh' at the moment.    I'm entering their Monthly Challenge where the prize up for grabs is the whole Winter's Tale Collection - SQUEAL! - so wish me luck.   I will try to remember to breathe until the winner's name has been announced and not be too disappointed if the random winner isn't me!
As I have mentioned before, decoupage is definitely not my favourite technique but, as the ideal choice for this kind of card, I had no choice but to get out the snips and have to confess now I see the finished result,  it was worth making the effort.   As I'd only printed 2 sheets of background scenery, I improvised for an additional layer with a piece of blue glitter card which was torn and then attacked with Icicle Stickles.   AND because I love the 'Stickles Effect' so much, the trees and snow were punished severely too.   
See what I mean?
The bunnies are also decoupaged, although it is difficult to see the layers in this photo - and yes - they were also 'stickled' within an inch of their little bunny lives.  The extra sparkle hasn't slowed them down any though.
My original intention was to add the stars randomly across the acetate front, but I was reluctant to hide the scenery so opted for arranging them across the sentiment panel at the bottom.  Acetate cards can have a tendency to topple unless heavy duty acetate is used, so doing this helps as a card stabiliser.
The other DT members Ann, Irene and our Guest Designer Anne, have some beautiful starry samples to show you so head over and check them out too.


jackiescrafts said...

Love your sparkly card Max and good luck for the prize

Hugs Jackie x

Lilacanglia said...

I must get my botty in gear and get a card done for this challenge,

dragonflyjoy said...

Wonderful card Max I love the background as well as the bunnies. I really don't feel in the card making mood at the moment but have been looking at all the wonderful cards you have all been making.
Joyce xxx
P.S. hope you know what is a lot better.

Aquarius said...

This is lovely and good luck in the CC draw - somebody has to win and it could be you!!

Ann said...

Totally wow Max - this is a stunner. Hey what's all this about being a bad influence? Me never!?
Ann xxx

Irene said...

Hello Max

Gorgeously gorgeous, the stickles are fabby. The background snow is awesome, and I love the cool, cool blues. Good luck with the prize.


Debs said...

This is fabulous Max. Love all the stickles accents. Good luck with the monthly challenge. Debs xx

PatR said...

Gorgeous, love all the sparkle.

Fluffles said...

Love this card - the glitter really brings it to life, a very frosty crisp evening I'd say - they best wrap up warm!!! Jx

SaraDavies said...

I love your card Max! What a fantastic idea to include the extra layer with the torn blue card! Really fantastic! And remember with the monthly challenges, it's totally random so we have no control over it, but the law of averages says you have to won some time!!

sara xxx