Finishing up a Zentangle Greetings Card ‘Mistletoe’ and Winter Solstice 2021 Mandala

Link to today’s video on YouTube.

This card is now almost finished. I have learned some things from yesterday’s debacle. Mainly that I’d make a much wider border for the embossed background.

I did add Speckled Egg Distress ink to this embossed background, but it’s such a lovely, subtle colour the camera hasn’t picked it up well.

The embossed layer is so tactile! I used some Micro Glaze to seal it so that being touched won’t affect the distress ink.

Actually, I used Micro Glaze on the top layer too!

I could only find cream coloured card blanks and envelopes, and these layers really didn’t look too good on them. So, hopefully I’ll remember where my card blank stash is, or I’ll make a blank and envelope.

In the video I try embossing an envelope – a case of ‘envelope art’. I’m glad I did. The embossing works well. However, the areas where the flaps are glued together on the back of the envelope make indents in the front. Distress Ink brings these out so much. So, I’ll be sure to emboss the front of the envelope, and colour with Distress Ink, before I glue it all together!

All in all, I’m much happier with this card. Mind you, I do have ideas for others! Probably too late for Christmas now, but … there’s always lots of other reasons for sending greetings cards, including ‘just because I can’.

Winter solstice 2021 Mandala

Winter Solstice Greetings and Wishes to you all to the north of the equator! Summer Solstice Greetings and Wishes to you all south of the equator!

Some sunshine on a chilly, dull Winter Solstice day here in the Valleys of South Wales, UK.

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