Since it is November and all the other holidays have been cleared away I think it’s OK to finally start on Christmas 🙂

 The papers, chipboard shapes and Ephemera I used for this layout are all from Couture Creations ”Christmas Emporium” collection.

These are lovely papers – double sided, two of each design in the pack, not too thin, not too thick….in fact they’re just right! A mix of Christmas designs in blue, grey, green, and red. There are birds, music, holly wreaths and sprigs, postage stamps and vintage photos to choose from – what more could you want!

I chose to use a blue/grey and white combination for my masculine layout

No title this time – but doesn’t he look like a Christmas Angel?

The background treatment for this layout is so simple, and something I haven’t done for quite a long time. Rather than my usual obsess over mixed media, texture paste and paint I have used heat embossing to create my snowy overlay. For the white edges of the papers I used the Emboss-it Dabber to wet the torn edges then dipped them in white embossing powder and heated. The snowflakes were stamped with Emboss-it ink and then heat embossed the same way. To add the extra white snow ”dots” on the top  I dabbed the embossing ink with an ink blending tool through the Kaisercraft 12×12 Christmas Quarters Template.


While I was in the embossing mood I also made the pointsettia flowers decorating this layout. I had previously made some ATC’s for my regular swap – the technique for this month was using bleach. I made an extra card for myself – you can see it on the bottom left of the photo. The pointsettia is stamped and embossed onto the same blue paper as the background. When you paint the petals with bleach they turn into that lovely lighter turquoise. I liked the effect so much that I repeated it several times for this layout 🙂 The centres are just a scatter of Silver Microbeads over a few dots of Glossy Accents

The ATC card and the photo are popped up on Kaisercraft Foam Tape.

Other flowers are Two tone Antique Blue roses, White half-open rosebuds and White Pointsettias. I substituted the orange stamens in the centre of the Pointsettias with a Clear Rhinestone Dot.

Two Large Silver Snowflakes and a Happy Silver Snowman are hanging down on some Silver chain and to finish off there is a scattering of Crushed Ice Sugar Beads.

In the bottom corner of my layout (for balance) is a gorgeous  Family Silver and White Charming Word. There’s another dangling Happy Silver Snowman charm there, and a Silver Spoon is not quite containg some more pretty Sugar Beads. The two chipboard shapes under the photo above come from the Christmas Emporium Chipboard Shapes pack and card with the wreath on it below comes from the Christmas Emporium Ephemera pack.

I guess I’m ALMOST ready for Christmas now 🙂

 

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