Hello everybody! I may look like I'm on top of things, making my Christmas cards for next year already, but truth be told this is a card I just made for my sister for THIS year! Yup! I'm late with her Christmas gift! I ordered a gift card for her favorite ice cream shop, but it somehow got shuffled around with the paperwork on my husband's desk, and it just surfaced. I didn't want to just give her the gift card by itself, so I made this card to send it in. It's all good though, because my sister and I are never on time with each other's gifts; we believe the spirit of Christmas should be throughout the year (it's our little sisterly tradition), and I already sent her a home made card enclosed with her other gifts.
No new techniques here, but I was inspired by Pamellia's Christmas Polka card with it's peek a boo opening and her beautiful blue, silver and white color scheme. Further inspiration came from Ingrid with her incredible snowy "postal" card.
The bottom layer was made using Tim Holtz Layering Stencil, Stripes and Perfect Pearls Mist, Pewter. The blue layer is inked with Distress inks and given the old spritz and flick. I fussy cut the stamped trees and popped them up. The die cut trees (popped up further), the large snowflake, and the bottom edge of the oval got a snowy treatment using Distress glitters. The snowflake background stamp is my latest addition to my collection. Love it! I ended up using 3 layers of foam tape, so this baby's thick!
To finish off the card I added a floppy hand dyed bow made using my vintage seam binding. This doesn't hold it's shape as well as Tim's Crinkle ribbon, but it takes a wicked curl--I wish my hair would hold a curl like that! A bit of bling for the snowflake and a splattering of white acrylic paint for a little flurry. Have I mentioned how much I LOVE my Tim Holtz Splatter brush????
Dies: Sizzix On the Edge Tree Line, Snowflake Duo; Spellbinders Opulent Ovals. Inks, sprays, paint: Distress-Stormy Sky, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Blueprint Sketch; Archival-Watering Can; Distress spray-Blueprint Sketch; Pewter and Perfect Pearl mists; DecoArt paint- Titanium White; Distress paint-Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Brushed Pewter (snowflake and ribbon). Stamps: Tim Holtz Merry Christmas (trees); Deep Red Snowflake Background. Powders/glitter: Ranger Silver Embossing Tinsel; Distress Glitter: Tumbled Glass, Rock Candy. Other: snowflake punch, vintage seam binding, bling, Ranger Multi Matt Medium and Embossing Dauber
The Spellbinders die was a gift from my talented friend Kathy Clement; she gave me a bunch of sets! Thank you, again, Kathy!
I would like to enter my card into the following inspiring challenges:
Emerald Creek Dares Celebrations Around the World Please see first paragraph for our tradition.
Frilly and Funkie Holiday Hues Favorite holiday-Christmas; favorite colors today and mostly this season-blue, white, and silver.
Scrapy Land Challenge # 33 Anything Goes I've listed my die brands above; 2 Sizzix and one Spellbinders dies.
Live and Love Crafts Challenge # 43 Something New I'm using my new Deep Red stamp for the first time.
Classy Cards n Such Challenge # 118 Winter Blues Isn't that a wonderful inspiration board with those birds?
Paper Sweeties Inspiration #39 My inspiration comes from the blues, the snowflakes, the glittered beads on the cupcake and the sugar under the cupcake. Yum = cupcake!
Die Cut Divas New Technique, Die, Stamp, Colors I'm using my Deep Red Stamp for the first time!
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Hugs and Blessings!