By Susan Cobb
Designer's Tip: I tinted two of the white poinsettias with currant ink, using a cosmetic sponge to spread the ink. I used alcohol-blending solution to dilute the color, to make one flower very light and one medium for a pretty contrast when they're layered together.
- Turn the card so the fold is at the top. Use the 11 ½" frame design on the template to trace a shaped bottom edge for the card with a pencil. Cut along the line. Cut a 5" x 6 ½" Glossy Color Me Swirls rectangle and use the template to trace the same shaped edge on the paper. Trim along your pencil line. Use the applicator to apply blending solution over the Glossy Color Me rectangle. Add a few drops of meadow ink to the applicator and color the paper with the ink. Moisten a paper towel with blending solution, then wipe off the excess ink from the pattern on the paper. Glue to the card front, leaving a white border along the shaped edge. Trim excess even with the card front.
- Cut a 5 ½" x 1 ¾" rectangle from Glossy Color Me Writing paper. Use the 9" scalloped frame design to trace a shaped edge along the bottom. Cut along your line, then color the paper with currant ink using the same method as you did with the meadow ink in step 1. Wipe off the excess. Mat the piece on white, leaving a 1/16" border. Glue centered to the card front.
- Trim the narrow border from the tags and border sheet. Apply blending solution to the narrow border. Mix 1 drop of currant ink and 5 drops of blending solution on the acrylic block. Apply the diluted mixture to the border, covering it evenly for a light pink color. Wipe off the excess. Glue border across the center of the card front, trimming sides evenly with the card front. Use the same technique to color the label light green, bringing color over the edges for a green border. Trim and glue to the right side of the card, overlapping the border as shown.
- To color the flowers, add 1 drop of currant ink plus 1 drop of blending solution to the acrylic block. Mix the ink then apply it to the 2 ¼" white poinsettia then let dry. For the 2 ½" flower, mix 1 drop of currant ink plus 6 drops of blending solution, and apply to the flower with a clean cosmetic sponge. Let dry, then layer together with a 3" and a 1 ¼" white poinsettia as shown. Secure at the center with the white brad. Color a small piece of excess Glossy Color Me Writing paper as you did in step 2. Punch a ¼" circle from the inked paper and glue centered on the brad. Zot the layered flowers to the left side of the card front, overlapping the border and label as shown. Stamp "Season's Greetings" on white cardstock with black ink. Let dry, then trim to a rectangle. Ink edges with a dry cosmetic sponge and a small amount of currant ink. Foam tape the word block centered on the light green label.