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Hello and welcome to a new blog hop I am joining in starting this month.  I was invited by one of my lovely Aussie friends, Leonie Schroder, who I finally met in person last year when I went to the Stampin’ Up! Event in Brisbane.  I recognized her there and went up to talk since I had seen and admired her creations for a while.  So what an honor to now call her a friend and get this invite!  Although several of the ‘new girls’ won’t be starting until the New Year, I wanted to start now… can’t pass up a creativity PARTY!

So the technique this month is the ‘Stained Glass’ on vellum cardstock technique.  The main secret is to put color on the back of vellum.

Several ways to do that.  Stamp an image on the front and then color it in on the back.  Or use the watercolor pencils on the back.  Maybe even sponge some color on the back?

The way you color isn’t important, the vellum will soften the colors and from the front look like colored glass.  So pretty!

I chose to use some of the Stampin’ Write markers to add some color to my vellum.

Actually, I have a set of the Many Marvelous Markers (ALL the yummy Stampin’ Up! colors) that I keep in my ‘project cart’… my little rolling cart that holds all my necessities and can roll right up to where I am working.

Don’t get me wrong, I have other markers that I share with my team and class folks, but this set is all MINE!  hehehe

It is really nice to know that whatever I add color to with the markers will always match cardstock, designer papers and embellishments.

Sorry, other brand markers, that fact alone leaves you in the dust.

I feel passionately about matching, but I digress!  Back to my card…

I took the Night of Navy , Island Indigo and Marina Mist Markers out and got ready to color.  But where?

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There is a Christmas Star shape in the Bethlehem Edgelits Dies.  (this set is only avail while supplies last… eek!  Grab yours, it is timeless!)

 

I took the edgelit shape and laid it down on the vellum cardstock and traced the inside with a pencil.  This gave me the center point for my stained glass streaks.

And then I just went kinda wild with the markers!  After I was done, I mounted the vellum piece to a piece of Whisper White cardstock and trimmed to the size I wanted.

This piece was mounted on a base card of Sahara Sand.

Yes, the bottom of my stained glass is not ‘done’, but it won’t show anyway, don’t think about that part.

Now I cut out the Bethlehem town parts from pieces of Sahara Sand and Crumb Cake cardstock.

The Crumb Cake is a bit darker so that adds extra depth to my cityscape.

Another way to do the stained glass technique is to put vellum behind cut out shapes and color the back again.

Well, my city has a lot of windows, and that calls for light in those windows.

 

Some little scraps of vellum held behind the windows with glue dots and then colored with a Crushed Curry marker does the trick!

I cut another piece of the Sahara Sand for the bottom and stamped the sentiment from the Night in Bethlehem stamp set in Night of Navy ink.

The finishing touch of a silver glimmer paper star, a bit of layering and the card is all done… TaDa!  

What do you think?  Two ways to do the Stained Glass technique turn into a pretty and serene Christmas card.  I hope you will try this technique soon.

Now off to see how the other international friends on this hop have interpreted this technique and made their creations.  Enjoy and see you next time!

Here are the supplies I used to make my projects.  If you are in the United States, I would love to have you shop with me for the last minute goodies from the Holiday Catalog.  Click on the products below or click here to see the Year-End Retiring Products list and snag your faves while you still can!
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Glue Dots

$5.25