Hi Joy Clair Friends, Cathy on the blog today. Instead of a Christmas theme, I’m sharing a card using an embossed winter image.  I was inspired by a Tim Holtz Distress Crayon video a friend shared with me.  I loved the idea of using Distress Crayons on an embossed image, so I gave it a try on a mug image from Joy Clair’s Christmas Cocoa digital stamp set.

Card Design:

First, I printed the set on cardstock and trimmed the snowflake mug image from the set.  I carefully cut the handle away from the left side of the mug because I didn’t want it embossed.  TIP:  I added an additional layer of cardstock on the inside part of the mug hoping it wouldn’t emboss, but no such luck!!  (I ended up not fussy cutting it away later, so it didn’t matter.)

Next, I chose an embossing folder with a small pattern from my collection and embossed the image.

Next, in line with Tim’s video, I colored directly onto my paper in small sections with Festive Berries Distress Crayon and smudged the pigment ink, then to smooth out the transition, I colored on my finger and smudged again.  I added more color in the spots I wanted shading.

Embossing this winter image adds texture and interest.
Embossing an image adds texture and visual interest.

Then I colored the handle with the Distress Crayon and pulled out my Copics to color the whipped cream and candy cane and fussy cut them.

Finally, I reconstructed the mug and worked on the overall card layout.  I had some little plastic tubes I typically add to shaker cards in my stash and used them for sprinkles on the whipped cream.  The texture from embossing and the sprinkles makes this a fun card.


I hope you are inspired by Tim’s video to try a new technique this week.  Thanks for stopping by the blog. ~Cathy

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