When you’re designing 24 different cards in 24 hours it can be difficult to keep them, well, different. Time pressures meant I had to be creative and one way I did that was to include layers with torn edges. The trick with this was to make sure the piece was at least 1/2″ larger than I wanted for the finished layer. Then I tore the around the piece, pulling the edge towards me. I’ve found that with less than 1/2″ extra I didn’t have enough to hold while I tore. My advice? try it on some scrap card first and you’ll find out what works for you.
I thought the torn edge would work well on a Christmas card using an image and sentiment from the Snowman Season Stamp Set.
A FLURRY OF SIMPLE SNOWMEN
I began by stamping my happy snowman image three times using Smoky Slate ink. First coming in from the right edge on the front of a Whisper White Medium Envelope. Then coming in from the right edge on a layer of Whisper White Card.
Finally I stamped him in the centre of a second layer of Whisper White Card and added the “Merry” Christmas sentiment below him.
Next I pulled out my Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers. I coloured the noses using dark Pumpkin Pie and the scarf and hat with dark Night of Navy. Then to add some definition to the snowman I added just a little bit of light Seaside Spray.
DID YOU KNOW…? When colouring with Stampin’ Blends you’re not limited to stamping the image in Memento Tuxedo Black. In fact you can use any one of the 50 colours of Classic Stampin’ Pads from Stampin’ Up!
In no time at all the images were coloured and I was ready to create the torn edges.
First I tore around the edges of the two Whisper White layers. Then I fixed the one without the sentiment inside a Blueberry Bushel card base using Mutipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow)
For the main image and sentiment I glued the layer onto a piece of Seaside Spray Card. Then I created torn edges on that layer too.
With that done I used liquid glue to add the assembled piece to the front of the card base and just like that my project was complete.
I love how the torn edges add a sense of movement to the card, the snowman seems to like it too.
UPDATED 2020: Sadly the Blueberry Bushel Card has retired ad are no longer available from Stampin’ Up!