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Friday 27 November 2020

A Vintage Journey's November Card Making Post

Julia here today with a card I made using the Die Cut Relief technique for AVJ's November card making post.

Here's how I put this card together.

I got out some dies that would create a layered scene:  trees, a fence, a wreath and a sentiment.  I also got out some dimensional sticker snowflakes.  I used a background embossing folder (Weathered from Taylored Expressions) to emboss the water color paper panel before layering the die cuts over it.  I cut all the dies out of watercolor paper and adhered them over the embossed panel using a Matte Medium.

Once dry, I brushed over the whole panel with the Matte Medium
Because the stickers were silver I went over the panel once again, this time with Gesso so it would all be white.

When Gesso was dry,  I started adding layers of acrylic paint. First, I dry brushed the panel with Manganese Blue Hue, being sure to get into all the cracks and crevices and removing any pools of paint in corners or depressions.

After this layer dried, I dry brushed with Burnt Sienna, just hitting the high spots and open spaces, not fully covering the blue.

After this layer was dry, I dry brushed the final layer of paint using Titanium White, brushing just across the raised pieces and open spaces, turning the panel and brushing from all sides so all the edges of the die cuts were brushed with white. 
I trimmed the panel and layered it to a white card base.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing how I put this card together. 

You still have time to join in on our November Challenge -  Toni's fun Pairs Trios and Sets Challenge.  You'll find it here.


  1. What a fabulous card, Julia and a very clear step by step of how you created it. All the layers and dry brushing are so effective.
    Love it !
    Hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving weekend .
    A x

  2. Such a cool technique, Julia, and brilliantly explained so that we can all give it a go. Love the shimmering finished effect and of course all that lovely texture!
    Alison x

  3. Fabulous technique Julia which you explain so well too, I love the end result, your card is gorgeous! Hugs, Anne xxx

  4. What a beautiful card! I love the technique that you used, it looked like you had so much fun too 😀. Thanks for sharing, I really enjoyed following along. Happy and creative wishes! Hugs, Jo x

  5. Wow.... I love the look too Julia. It is so unique and dimensional and is now on my 'to do' list. Thank you for the step by steps and the wonderful inspiration x.

  6. A fabulous card Julia and I love the effects of the dry brushing. Thank you for sharing the process x

    Huge hugs
    Annie xx