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Sun 06

Shine Holly Jolly Corner Frame
by Vicki Finger

Hello everyone!  Vicki here today with a simple card using a technique I copied from our company's founder, Dave Brethauer. Recently, Dave did a short little video where he stacked some napkins together and die cut them.  After that, he painted them with some watercolor which gave them a ton of texture.  I knew I really want to try that technique out for myself.  Here's a link to Dave's video if you want to watch it.

I actually use real napkins at home because I sew.  That's one of the perks of that hobby.  Also, since we're empty nesters, there's rarely more than 4 of us sitting down to eat and most of the time it's just my hubby and I.  I do have one large set of 16 napkins for if we have a lot of company, but 4 napkins are normally how many I make for a set.  I'm great at finding the fabrics that have a little over 1 yard left on them and have been clearance priced.  However, I wanted to try this die-cut napkin technique, so I ran to my Dollar General Store up the road for a pack of their super cheap napkins.  They were literally $1.00.

I love the texture that you can get using this technique and I could incorporate another of my favorites techniques which is to add a bit of gold metallic watercolor to my plain watercolor (Reinkers) to get new colors.  For Example, I added red watercolor to this Ruffled Poinsettia but I didn't feel it was dark enough so I went back with Scarlet Jewel and added a bit of gold to that which gave me the effect I was looking for.  

For the Leaves, I used Mowed Lawn watered down a bit more, then went back and added another drop of color with a drop of the gold watercolor to get a nice variation of color for the leaves.

I used plain gold watercolor for the Holly Jolly interior Corner Frame die, just n the frame part, but it was bright yellow, so I added a drop of dark chocolate to it to tone the yellow down and add some warmth to the color. 

In the end, I ended up taking the gold foiled version of the frame and snipping away the branches because I like the more consistent way it looked to have two gold foiled frames.  The other decorative elements are made from a die-cut, watercolored napkin.  

After laying the gold foiled frame on top of the holly and berry branches, I let it dry and then added Garnet Liquid Pearls for the red berries and let it dry overnight in my window sill.  I added a little Eggshell Pearl from Little Things from Lucy's Cards.

I cut a 5.5 x 8.5 piece of cardstock to make a top folding horizontal card from the color Metallic Nude.  I like how it's a nice subtle color to let the dies be the star if the show.    

In the end, I decided that I wanted a vertical sentiment down the right-hand side, and so I used the Candlelit Shine Die to cut the sentiment from a piece of  Xyroned Gold Foil Cardstock.  Because each letter is separate, you can use it vertically or horizontally.  I was very careful to place each letter where I wanted them, without pressing down, until I was sure I had them lined up well.   

Putting a letter over the poinsettia petal wasn't optimal, but really, I'm probably the only one who will notice.  Any time I have things that need to dry, I set them aside and work on other things while those are drying.  

I have a more detailed list of all the supplies used over at my personal blog, Twinkling Paper Studio.

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Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!  I really appreciate it when you leave a comment for me.  

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Comments

That is a great video - using watercolor paint on napkins and a die cut - I have it n my bucket list - so super - your card is lovely!! TFS -

Wow that is just stunning and wonderful job with the technique!

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