Saturday, November 24, 2012

Saturday StepxStep:Dylusions Christmas Card

Happy Saturday everyone! A big thanks goes out to all of our followers and participants! We appreciate all of you.
Anita Houston here of The Artful Maven Haven. It's my turn to host the Saturday StepxStep, and I've decided to show you how I've made this fun Christmas tag card using Dylusions, as well as show you snowflakes made with some of Ranger's new products.
Using Tissue or Washi Tape, tape two Manila Jumbo Sized (#10) Tags together, on both sides. Trim the excess off.
Using Picket Fence and Metallic Brushed Pewter Distress Stains, apply both randomly on one side of the tag card. Begin drying with a heat tool while misting with water to blend the Stains.
Flip the card over and do the same thing on the back. If there are really wet areas use a paper towel to help dry.
Spray the tag card with London Blue Dylusions Ink Spray. Dry thoroughly, and then do the same to the back.
Using the Pine Needle Cluster image from the Dylusions stamps, begin stamping the image in a pine tree shape, alternating green colors (I used Olive and Emerald.) from the Archival line of ink pads. Dry.
Using the same stamp image, color only the center stem of the pine needle using a brown color (I used Vintage Photo.) of Distress Marker. Randomly stamp this on top of the green areas, and apply color as needed. Color in the rest of the Tissue Tape using the same color for the trunk. Dry.
Using the Snowflake Stencil from Dylusions, place it down on the tag card so that the Candy Cane Border is right in line with the border of the bottom on the card, and tape it down. Use Barn Door and Picket Fence Distress Markers to color in the border. Use Glaze Pens to color around the Dotted Lines in the trim around the Candy Cane. Dry.
Flip the card over and work in the inside area. Using the two Holly Borders and the Merry Christmas Border, stamp the images in Jet Black Archival around the edges of the tag. Color these in with Water Pens that have been filled with Dylusions Ink Sprays (I used Postbox Red, Fresh Squeezed Lime, and Cut Green Grass.) Use Glaze Pens to color in the words, and Distress Markers for the border of the words. Randomly stamp Tim's Snowflakes in White Picket Fence Distress Stain in the blue areas of the tag card. If you want some glitz,  use Christmas Red Stickles to apply to the berries once the remainder of the card is finished. Stamp and cut out a sentiment, and adhere it.
Back to the front of the card (This was done last to keep snowflakes looking their best.). Lay the Snowflake Stencil over the tag card and tape it down where you want it.
Use the Emboss It Dabber to apply the fixative to the stencil through the snowflakes. Remove the stencil, and place the tag card on a scrap piece of paper. Sprinkle Sticky Embossing Powder over the fixative. Turn the card on its side and remove the excess powder. Heat the snowflakes with a heat tool until powder is melted.
When cool, the snowflake will be cool is that?!? Sprinkle Rock Candy Distress Stickles Dry Glitter on the snowflakes. Turn card on its side and remove the excess. Repeat process if you want more snowflakes on the card.
Stamp a quirky person image from Dylusions Stamps, and color it in using the Ink Spray in Water Pens as well as Distress Markers. Attach this to the front of the card using foam tape. Color Seam Binding with Barn Door Distress Stain, wad up, and dry. Tie the ribbon to both holes of the tags. Using Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles and any other color, highlight certain parts of the outfit. Let Dry.


  1. A great and vibrant make..lve the snowflakes..but then I would I am sprinkling everything with that glitter at the moment and the sticky embossing powder is fab too!!! Trace x

  2. Ooooh, some fab tips in there Anita. You've further convinced me of the need to invest in more stencils/masks as they are so versatile.
    Can't tell whether she is actually happy about Christmas or dreading cooking the dinner!! I'm lucky - my OH does that bit and I do deserts in advance - I would hire him out but he will be fully occupied here for the festive season:) Hugs, Buttons x

  3. Hi Anita, I love all things Dyan so this is right up my street, love, love, love the techniques you have so generously shown us here - wow! A totally brilliant make. Hugs, Anne x

  4. Completely stunning step-by-step - fantastic to see how you created that astounding background! Thanks so much for sharing your amazing creative process...
    Alison x

  5. Beautiful Christmas tag Anita an thanks for th tutorial.
    Greetings Janny

  6. Reeally love this Anita, thanks so much for sharing and showing.

  7. Great techniques here! I have to get some more of the water pens for my Dylusions inks!

  8. Fabulous tags Anita. Thanks for sharing the 'how to' of these fab tags


    Annie x

  9. How beautiful, Anita! Your tree is just fabulous and I love what you've done with those snowflakes!

  10. FABULOUS Anita - stunning background! Thanks for all the scrummy deets. Nicola x

  11. This one made me chuckle! I love the way you used tissue tape to join the two clever! And your holly border is wonderful!

  12. Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree! What is not to love, with stains, sprays and that Fabby image! Fabulous tutorial!

  13. Fabulous card Anita, love the colours and background is amazing ! Sue C x

  14. Love that wonderful Tag and thankd for sharing the progress photos.

  15. Very cool step by step. I love the way all the color work together and that background is gorgeous.

  16. fabulous tag and great step x step x

  17. Wow! Frilly and Funky is a fab site! This project here is wonderful, and it is so kind of you to share your creative process.Thank you so much for sharing : )

  18. This is wonderful! Oh now I wish I had some of the Christmas stamps from Dyan! Oh we'll need to make due with her other fabulous images! I love the tags turned into a card idea, will give that a go for sure! Oh and thanks for sharing the dabber/stencil embossing technique! Why I did not think of that before I don't know! Love the creative community here, just Fabulous!

    Thanks and Blessings,