Gothic Christmas | by Toni M Maddox

Hello, BPD fans! Toni here with you today sharing a trio of cards using the Viola Plate Layering Dies. I LOVE this set. I like gothic architecture–all those layers and lines–and this reminds me of that so much. I also read Pillars of the Earth this summer which piqued my interest in the style.

For the first card, I used all 3 layers on a base of Distress Oxide Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio which I had spattered with Copic Opaque White and a bit of water.

I used Memory Box Delicate Pastel Glitter 6×6 Paper for Layer C but kept the rest in white. I sponged the Honey Script Peace outline diecut in Peacock Feathers with just a touch of Salty Ocean at the top in keeping with the base ombre effect.

As I worked on this card I wondered how it would look without using Layer C so that the background would show more. Umm, amazing!

I used Lindy’s Magicals in Saltwater Taffy as well as a bit of Ranger Perfect Pearls to create the delicate pink background. Using only the top two layers of the Viola Plate set is like the best of both worlds–the background is easily seen AND the gothic pattern still remains.

For the final card, I found that the majority of the “bits” of Layer A which I had cut out of the Delicate Pastel Glitter 6×6 Paper remained as a whole (still cut out but within the diecut panel). I’m not one to let good glitter go to waste so I adhered those bits to a leftover hot foil experiment in my stash.

It’s like glittery poinsettias, right?! I cut the panel into a square and used the Christmas Ornament & Labels stamps and die for the sentiment. The lot is mounted on an off white base embossed with a wooden plank pattern. I love that the Viola Plate Layering die set is so versatile!

I hope you were inspired and have a wonderful rest of your day. Thanks for visiting!


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