6 ways with gems
Carolyne Knott adds a touch of magic to Christmas cards with glamorous gems
Add a touch of magic to glamorous cards
Crafters use gems and crystals all year round to add a touch of sparkle to their cards and papercraft projects, but when Christmas comes around it’s time to really make your cards shine. You can use gems in traditional Christmas colours to embellish die-cut flowers and berries and to decorate a Christmas tree or a stamp with faux fairy lights. Give a flying reindeer a magical trail, sparkling antlers and a coloured nose. Add bling to a background, create a dramatic large bauble or add a simple line of baubles hanging from a sentiment. Whether it is a few gems added to a stamped image or lots of gems covering a complete background, they’ll bring plenty of sparkle.
1 Christmas lights Crystals or gems are ideal for creating the impression of lights on a Christmas tree. For this card, I used a single colour and gem size to embellish a die-cut Christmas tree that was layered on a piece of cream card. I used the tree as the card’s topper, layering it onto coordinating papers to create a stylish look and finishing with a larger gem to top the tree. 2 Background bling Attaching gems to an embossed background is a great way to make the background really stand out, especially when the background has a geometric element. For this card, I embossed blue paper and added gilding wax to the raised areas then added a gem at the points where the lines in the pattern cross. I finished the card with a simple, seasonal sentiment. 3 Giant bauble Use multiple gems to create a large Christmas decoration or a bauble. Simply mark or mask a round shape and fill it with gems and attach a piece of string or a piece of ribbon to hang the bauble from. For this card, I cut a circle aperture and layered it over the backing paper before adding lots of clear, purple and lilac gems randomly into the shape. I used the bauble as a topper by first layering it onto a card panel of coordinating purple and cream papers. I added a seasonal sentiment to finish. 4 Holly berries Gems are great for creating the centres of die-cut flowers and berries and embellishing foliage die-cuts. For this card, I used a cluster of gold-coloured gems to create the centre of a poinsettia and red gems to create the berries on a holly die. I attached the holly and poinsettia to a die-cut circle, then added some extra white glittered foliage and a sentiment to the wreath. 5 Magic dust Coloured gems can be used to bring colours that coordinate with a backing paper into a simple monochrome image. For this card, I created a simple night time snowscape in a warm brown colour using a circle mask and a torn piece of paper. I used a pine tree stamp for the forest and stamped a reindeer into the moon. I then choose pink, clear and lilac gems that matched the backing papers and used them to bring a touch of sparkle and colour to the reindeer’s antlers, nose, body and the trail of snowflakes. 6 Suspended baubles Use larger, sparkling gems to create the effect of suspended baubles from a stamped sentiment. For this card, I stamped a large sentiment and used a silver glitter gel pen to draw strings and bows at different levels. To these, I attached the larger red gems as the baubles hanging from the sentiment.