Sunday, December 20, 2020

Poinsettia Embossing with Oxides

Sara Emily Barker 3D Poinsettia Christmas Cards #timholtz #3dpoinsettia #christmas 1

Hello and welcome! I hope you are staying safe and healthy while enjoying some last minute Christmas preparations. Sadly, I procrastinated on sending out Christmas greetings this year. Having been persuaded by social media to purchase more Christmas craft goodies than I will ever get to use this year, I decided to pull out one of my favorites of the season to mass produce some cards. It's pretty clear I was inspired by Debi Adams beautiful Christmas card here, although I could never hold a candle to her level of artistry. 

Sara Emily Barker 3D Poinsettia Christmas Cards #timholtz #3dpoinsettia #christmas 2

I made a bunch of these cards, and each is slightly different. After embossing water color paper with the Poinsettia 3D embossing folder by Tim Holtz, I colored the design with a variety of Distress Oxides and inks. I smooshed the colors onto my mat and used a water brush to layer the color, drying between some colors and blending others. While I did use different products and colors than Debi did, I pretty much just copied everything. While I love her vibrant color palette, I am partial to pink poinsettia's. After applying the color, the image flattens a bit. I  misted the backs and sent them through my die cut machine with the folder for another embossing to make the image crisp and dimensional once again.

Sara Emily Barker 3D Poinsettia Christmas Cards #timholtz #3dpoinsettia #christmas 3

I used a couple of Prima products to add the gold sheen to the green leaves and white highlights to the pink leaves: White Gold Metallique Wax and Old White Matte Wax. Finally I misted with Distress Resist Spray and sprinkled with Diamond Dust from my stash for a frosty finish to most of the cards.

Sara Emily Barker 3D Poinsettia Christmas Cards #timholtz #3dpoinsettia #christmas 4

I left a few without the icy finish, and the one above I added a heat embossed greeting to the front and edged with the White Gold wax.; the others were left plain and a hand written message was written inside.

That's all for today! If I don't manage to create anything else blogworthy before Christmas, I want to wish each of you a very peaceful and joyful Christmas! 

Challenge shares:

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  1. Wow, such stunning cards! I love the way you used the embossing folder and the poinsettias are so beautifully painted with the oxides and inks - perfect 😁. Wishing you a Happy Christmas filled with joy, peace and love! Hugs, Jo x

  2. Beautiful!! Beautiful!!! I also like pink poinsettias (well, I like them all but pink just a bit more then other colors). I even bought a big, gorgeous pink plant this year to put in the house. I have it in the kitchen and love looking at it often. Most years I talk myself out of spending money to buy a poinsettia but not this year :-)


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