Thursday 8 December 2016

Dylusions Christmas Card

Hello, everyone!

Branka here and today is my turn to bring you an Inspirational post.

I would like to show you how to create the Dyan Reaveley's style Christmas card from start to finish.

I used a 4x6 inches manila cardstock, three Dylusions ink sprays in Lemon Zest, Postbox Red and Bubblegum Pink and a spray bottle with water. I sprayed my cardstock with water and then start to spray with my inks creating puddles. Then I sprayed more water on top and let my inks to bleed. 

This is the result of my first layer.

For the second layer, I used my Dylusions mini snowflakes stencil  (Let it Snow) on top of my background and I sprayed it with water. I waited for about 10 seconds to blot it with my kitchen roll.

Since the Dylusions inks are reactive with water, I achieved some nice ghosting effect here.

For the third layer I decided to use my White linen Dylusions ink and my mini snowflakes stencils. 

This is my finished background.

I used one of the border stamps from the Dylusions Around the border set and stamped it several times onto my white cardstock using my Black Archival ink. 
I used my Dylusions paints (in the same colors as my inks I used on the background) and  I also used some of my Amsterdam Specialties acrylic paints (fluo paints) to color my stamped images. I like to use my fingers to apply the paint but you can use a brush if you want.

This is the result of my coloring.

I wanted to add some border on the edges of my card, so I used another border stamp from the same Dylusions stamp set.

I stamped the image only on two sides of my card using the black Archival ink.

I cut out my colored stamped images using my scissors and distressed the edges using the same black Archival ink. I also distressed the edges of my card. Then I started to build my Christmas tree. I wanted to achieve some dimension so I used my double sided foam tape to glued down the images.

To create a star on top of my tree, I used my Dylusions stencils Starry Night to trace the star using my Fude ball pen in black.

I used my Distress Stickles in gold onto my star.

For the Christmas gifts, I used my Tim Holtz mini blue print stamp and colored it with my Dylusions inks and a brush.

I added some white highlights onto my border using my Sharpie white poster pen.

Thdn, I stamped the word JOY using the Dylusions Dy's Alphabet stamp and my black Archival ink.

I outlined the stamped letters with my white pens.

I wanted to create some more dimension so I added the Glossy accents on top of my stamped letters.

This is the finished card.

I decided to use my black cardstock for the card base but you can use any color you want.

You may wonder where is the photo of my finished card. Well, I left my finished card on my working table waiting for some sunny day to take a photo. I have a cat. She liked my card a lot. I guess you know the rest of my 'Oops story'...
If you have a cat/cats, please keep in mind that they love the Dylusions :)

I hope I have inspired you to create your mixed media piece and to join in our 'Christmas Wishes' challenge here at Stamps and Stencils!

Hugs! Branka xx


  1. What a fabulous, funky card you created Branka, I bet it looks amazing with the black backing card! I know it is not funny at all, but I have a vision of your cat playing with your beautiful creation..... Oops indeed! Hugs, Anne xx

  2. Branka, this is a stunner of a card! No one does bright like you! I love how you made the tree and those packages are GORGEOUS! Now I have got to get that snowflakes stencil! Amazing background! So is kitty sitting in the corner???! Oh, dear! Hugs!

  3. Oh my gosh, Branka, this is absolutely stunning!! You are so creative!! I love how you created the tree!! The colors are amazing!! The packages are a perfect touch!! Oh your kitty wearing a coat of many colors now??!! Love this :)

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  4. That is gorgeous and so bright, love it x

  5. Wonderful vibrant card Branka. Love it ! Xx

  6. How fun is this tree 'o circles Branka! Great concept and beautiful result. Christmas hugs, Autumn

  7. Love this-- finally had a chance to check it out! Omg, the end of your post is so funny! (Maybe not at the time...) Anyway, great techniques, colors, and story!