Getting Ahead For Christmas by Fliss Goodwin




I have a 2 for 1 technique to share this week which is perfect for Christmas. There's always so much else to do nearer Christmas that it's good to have some cards in reserve.

Step by Step:

The 2 for 1 background came about because I cut  a piece of cartridge paper to fit my chosen 5 x 7ins card blank and smeared paint on my craft mat, choosing Sandstone, Buttercup, Chestnut Brown and Antique Silver Multi Surface Paints. I misted on some water and pressed the paper into it. I found it picked up quite a lot of paint so I cut another piece of the cartridge paper the same size and pressed it on the painty paper. There you have it - 2 backgrounds!

I decided to stamp one with snowflakes and the other with fir branches. I embossed the snowflakes gold and the fir with silver.

I also spritzed on a little Gold and Silver Lustre spray for a little added shine.

Fir Background Card

For this one I took a Craftyboard bauble and stamped it with a snowflake which I then heat embossed with gold powder. I painted the top antique gold and misted it with Silver Lustre spray. I tied some string through the top.

I stamped the greeting on a strip of vellum and heat embossed it with gold powder, wrapping it around the background paper and gluing it on the back. I then glued the background to the card blank and added the bauble to finish.

Snowflake Background Card

This one is very simple and I just added some string in a criss cross pattern before gluing the background paper to the card.

I finished off with a sentiment stamped and heat embossed with gold on a white card strip. I trimmed it with decorative scissors and added a gold mat before gluing in place on the card.


Have a great weekend and see you next week.

Fliss x

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  1. I love both of these! Fabulous backgrounds and wonderful bauble. Brilliant sentiment on the second - wish I had kept my decorative scissors but I have a guillotine that will do similar I think - fab idea. Take care. xxx

    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment Chris. The backgrounds are so easy to make too and my deckle edge scissors are the only ones I still have as they're so useful xxx


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