Sunday, August 30, 2015

Peace Love Joy

Merry Monday's Challenge #169 is to use light green, dark green, & red on a Christmas card. I decided to combine this challenge with Hero Arts' "Makeover" challenge. The idea there is to take an older project, and make a new one using that as inspiration.

Inspiration card
I had created my original (inspiration) card for Operation Write Home this past spring. I decided to keep the general design, but change pretty much everything else.

New card
I began my card by die cutting the tag from Strathmore Bristol paper, using the Mama Elephant "Tags a Lot" set. I stamped 3 of the crystals from Hero Arts' "Christmas Crystals" in Versamark ink, then heat embossed them with Ranger Super Fine Detail White embossing powder. I masked the crystals and inked the tag with Antique Linen Distress ink. I then removed the masks & colored the crystals with my Zig Clean Color markers. I basically traced around the inside of each facet with the marker, then used my detail water brush to pull the color out. Once that was dry, I stamped the words, also from "Christmas Crystals," in Versafine Onyx Black ink.

I chose one of the patterned papers from the "Rejoice" 6x6" pad by Creative Imaginations/Iron Orchid Designs. I cut it down to a 1.5x5.5" strip, and inked the edges with Aged Mahogany Distress ink. I decided at that point that the tag didn't "pop" against the patterned paper. So I re-masked the images, and inked around the edges of the tag with Aged Mahogany as well. I drew the "strings" for the crystals with a fine-tip black marker, and glued a hole reinforcer to the tag. Once the glue had dried, I punched a hole, and threaded some red and green baker's twine through that.

For the background, I first stamped the "Looped Flower" background by Hero Arts on a piece of white cardstock, and white heat embossed that. I created an ombre effect with Abandoned Coral, Festive Berries, Fired Brick, and Aged Mahogany Distress inks. Finally, it was time to start assembling the card.

I began by adhering my patterned paper strip to the background. Then I cut 3 strips from green cardstock, I determined their placement, and glued them in place. I added foam tape to the back of the tag, and adhered it to the background. To finish, I mounted the completed card front to a white A2 card base. I did end up adding some Clear Wink of Stella to the crystals, followed by a coat of Glossy Accents. I wish that showed up in the photo! And that finished this card.

I'm also entering my card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday "Anything Goes"
Live Love Cards August Challenge: "Holiday"


  1. Such a pretty tag, Andrea! I love the distressed edges! Thanks for sharing with us again at Merry Monday!

  2. I love your makeover card! The three green strips really pop on the card!

  3. This is wonderful! I love how you've used the crystal ornaments. So clever! Thanks so much for joining us at Merry Monday.

  4. Hi Andrea, love the crystals and the ink blending. I am a big fan of blending myself :)

  5. This is gorgeous! I love the way you did the crystals, and all the amazing sponging as well.

  6. Your second tag card is so festive. Thanks for playing at merry monday.

  7. Gorgeous card Andrea! A wonderful design and the colours are lovely.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

  8. Lovely makeover!! The ombre inking looks great!


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