Posted in Die Cutting, Emboss Resist, Tim Holtz, Winter Holidays: Non-Denominational

Starlit Inlaid Deer Holiday Card

Today’s card will use emboss resist and die-cut inlay to create a timeless scene.

To begin, we cut a cardstock panel to 5″x4″,  just big enough to leave a border when applied  onto a standard-sized card base. From this, we die cut a silhouette deer image and a small star in the positions at which we’d like them to appear on the final card. These white die cuts can be set aside to use on another project, if desired, but don’t discard any pieces that may fit around your deer’s legs, if applicable–you’ll need to piece those back in to achieve a true inlay effect.

For this project, we’ll now cut the dies out again, this time from silver cardstock. A brushed, matte, or mirrored finish would each work, but would give very different looks. I like a mirror finish for this, as it stands out nicely and picks up the shine of the jeweled brad used as a final embellishment.

de4Strong, double-sided tape is placed on the back of the card panel so that the stickiness peeks through the openings left by the die cutting. Then, the silver die cuts are placed into the openings, fitting them in firmly, like puzzle pieces. If white pieces need to fit in around the deer, place them now, as well.  On my project, the silver deer die cut had a bottom piece that protruded beneath the base of the card panel; a pair of shears, used from behind, made it flush.

Next, apply Versamark, or any clear embossing ink, to a dot-patterned background stamp to represent snow–I used Hero Arts’ Confetti Bold–and heat embossed using a shimmery, white embossing powder with an opaque finish.

Using an ink blending tool, apply Chipped Sapphire Distress ink (such a gorgeous color!) to create a night sky, leaving the bottom of the card white to imply a snow-covered field. The embossed “snow” and the metal surfaces resist the ink, and it can be wiped off of them when the inking has been completed.

For the sentiment, the word “Peace” is stamped onto a piece of cardstock using Hero Arts Shadow Inkde2 in Cornflower, then cut out using a die from the Tim Holtz “Labels” die set.

Attaching the sentiment with a small, jeweled brad and gluing the panel to a card base finishes this classic card that could easily be produced in quantity.