Friday, November 17, 2017

CropStop Blog - November Guest Designer

Hello my friends!

I'm so happy to be back once again as the Guest Designer at

If you are not familiar with the CropStop Blog or Store
you owe it to yourself to pop over and check 'em out!

Today I have a winter/holiday card to share and a fun technique for creating dimension on your creations.

Can you see the dimension on the faerie & the winter scene?
I will share close ups a little further down in this write up.

But first,  to create the background for my Poppystamps 'Winterland Faerie', I used the panel that popped out of the Memory Box 'Gentle Horizon Oval' and colored it using Tim Holtz Oxide Distress Inks (Broken China, Faded Jeans).  I stamped the 'broken china' oxide ink onto my Craft sheet, spritzed with water and dragged my panel through ... dried with my heat gun then dragged it through again the other direction and dried again.  Around the outside edge, I used Sponge Daubers with the 'faded jeans' oxide ink to add the touch of darkness.  This background panel will be 'reinserted' into my 'Gentle Horizon Oval' die AFTER I have created my dimensional oval.

To create the dimension I've referred to above, I simply die cut my scenic die 4 times and glued them one on top of the other.  This not only saves on adding all those little bits of dimensional tape but it also helps me use some of the mountain of white scraps I have in my stash.  Plus, the ENTIRE die cut has EVEN dimension.

Next I reinserted the blue (pop out panel) into my dimensional die and held it in place with just a few narrow strips of Scotch tape.  Once attached to my card front it will be adhered securely with strips of Scor Tape.

Here's a close up view so you can see the dimension.

The 'Winterland Faerie' was done basically the same way but I did however do something a little different with her wings.

I die cut the faerie twice.  Once from red glitter paper and a second time from white card stock.  I actually die cut from white card stock a total of 3 times.  Glued the white panels together then adhered the red glitter faerie to the top.  Again, giving dimension.

In order to keep the red glitter wing panels solid, I simply smeared a touch of white glue on the back with the pop out pieces still in place.   Once dry, I glued the white wing panel on top of the red.

I used a small piece of dimensional tape to the back of the faerie to which I adhered the wings ... then I added more dimensional tape to the wings & faerie to adhere to my winter scene card front.

Before adding my faerie, I created some snowflakes in the night sky using a white Gelly Roll pen.

For the background panel on my card, I cut a white card stock panel 1/4" smaller than my base card and embossed it with a Cuttlebug 'Snowflakes' embossing folder.  Using a large sponge dauber and Tim Holtz Oxide Distress Ink
(Broken China), I sponged around the edge of the embossed panel as well as the edge of my winter oval scene panel.

On a scrap piece of white card stock, I quickly sponged some 'Broken China' oxide ink and then die cut my sentiment using Sponge Daubers.  This way all the colors matched perfectly.

Here's another look at the finished card:

Product used:

Tim Holtz Oxide Distress Inks (Broken China, Faded Jeans)
Poppystamps 'Winterland Faerie'
Memory Box 'Gentle Horizon Oval' 

I hope you've enjoyed today's creation!
Thanks again to the CropStop Team for inviting me to Guest Design with them!!
Please pop over to the CropStop Blog for more wonderful inspiration!
And, be sure to check out their store!!

Challenges to share in:
Fabrika Fantasy Challenge #15 - Wintertime
Daisy Chain Challenge #14 - Christmas/Winter
Noor! Designs November Challenge - Winter
The Paper Shelter Challenge #318 - Snowflakes

Thanks so much for stopping by and as always . . .


Lia said...

Wow Darlene, this is amazing! Thank you so much for explaining how you made this gorgeous card!
Lia xx

Bunny said...

Fabulous, Darlene. A lot of work went into this beautiful card. Love the colors and embossing. [Bunny]

Donna Phelan said...

She is certainly the star of this beautiful creation! LOVE it!!!

Pink Panoply said...

Darlene, this card is absolutely stunning. Your gorgeous sparkly red faerie is beautiful against your die cut winter wonderland.

Esther Asbury said...

Darlene, Thank you so much for all the hard work you put into making this stunning creation for the Cropstop blog post today! I love your work and am so happy you agreed to share your talent as guest designer today!

scrAPpamondo said...

Adorable!!! A great dimensional look, thanks for sharing your technique!

Judy Woodland said...

How lovely. I really like all your dimension, and that beautiful fairy is perfect - gorgeous!!

Conniecrafter said...

She is enjoying the winter wonderland that's for sure, so sweet!

Pretty Paper Junkie said...

Oh, I do believe! I believe this is absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for showing us how it all came together.

Leslie Miller said...

You made magic with your beautiful red glitter fairy dancing in a winter wonderland! I hope fairies don't get cold 'cause it sure looks chilly there. All the dimension is fabulous! It gets kind of addictive layering dies.

Diane said...

Wonderfully created scene and as Leslie said, rather magical.....another beauty my friend!!

Lena said...

Beautiful card! Thanks fo sharing with us and I´m happy that you´re joining us at TPS this week! Good luck! Hug Lena