Friday, September 9, 2016

Happy Christmas

The theme this week at Merry Monday Christmas Challenge Blog is to create a Christmas card using only white, black, & gold. I'm not in any way accustomed to using this color palette for anything--much less holiday cards! So this was a true challenge for me. This is the first card I came up with.

I used the tree from Hero Arts' "Swirl Christmas" digital stamp set. I printed it on black paper with my laser printer, and die cut it with the largest of the "Tags a Lot" set from Mama Elephant, I then foiled it with gold foil and my Heidi Swapp Mini Minc machine.

For the greeting, I used one each of "happy" & "Christmas" from Simon Says Stamp's "Christmas" mini set (apparently discontinued). I used the banner die from "Tags a Lot" as a guide to help me curve the stamps correctly on my MISTI. Then I stamped the greeting on vellum with Versamark ink, and heat embossed it with Ranger Super Fine Detail White embossing powder. I die cut that and another piece of vellum with my banner die. I ran both pieces through my Xyron Sticker Maker, to apply adhesive to the backs. Then I adhered them together, to give just a bit more opacity to the banner. Finally, I layered that over my tree.

I cut a piece of gold glitter cardstock to 4.25x5.5", and glued my tag to it with Perfect Paper Adhesive Matte. (Adhering anything to a glittery surface with a dry adhesive can be difficult, hence the liquid glue.) I adhered that to a white A2 card base, and finished by adding some "ornaments" to the tree with Gold Stickles & White Opal Liquid Pearls.

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

a2z Scrapbooking's September Challenge: "Make It a Tag"
A Blog Named Hero's challenge: "Texture" (I hope the gold glitter counts as texture!)
Through the Craft Room Door: "Anything Goes"


  1. That is a challenge for me also. That is nice what you came up with!

  2. Lovely, lovely card Andrea...just beautifully done! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Merry Mondays! :0)

  3. Lovely card Andrea. Love that foiled tree Thanks for joining us this week at Merry Monday.

  4. Gorgeous, I love the swirly tree so pretty against the black. x

  5. Wow! This is so elegant, Andrea! Thanks for sharing it with us at Merry Monday!

  6. Even if the colours wasn't your cup of tea you managed to do a fantastic card. Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Annemi {My Blog}
    Through The Craft Room Door

  7. What a beautiful and elegant Christmas card. Thank You for playing along with us at a2z Scrapbooking September Challenge!

  8. Beautiful take from the inspiration photo. Thanks for playing with us at a2z.

  9. Lovely Christmas card; great job at creating a card which fit so many card challenges. Thanks for joining us at a2z

    sue n.

  10. Beautifully done Andrea. Thanks for joining us at A2Z this month.

  11. What a beauty. So glad you joined us at A2Z Scrapbooking.

  12. Beautiful job - this card is really gorgeous! Love all those shiny swirls! Thanks for joining in the fun over at a2z!

  13. What a great card; the gold tree really POPS off the card!

    Thank you for joining us at a2z Scrapbooking & A Blog Named Hero!

    ~Michele, DT

  14. I love the gold tree on the black background, beautiful card!
    <-Monica M-> DT

  15. Beautiful card Andrea! Thanks for joining us at A Blog Named Hero!


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