Sunday, July 2, 2017

Christmas Greetings

Our Daily Bread Designs is having their final challenge this month. I must say, I'm really sorry to see it go. I haven't been prolific in entering, but their challenges have always seemed to push me creatively. This one is no different.

The theme for June is a color challenge. Pick 3 or more colors from the palette provided for your focal point, and make a card. I chose pink, white, black, & silver for my card.

I began by heat embossing one of the ornaments from ODBD's "Christmas Ornaments" stamp set onto a scrap of Strathmore Smooth Bristol paper, using Ranger Silver embossing powder. I colored portions with Light Pink & Black Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, and fussy cut it out. After die cutting an oval with a Spellbinders "Grand Ovals" die (discontinued), I embossed it with 3 of the "Gold Ovals One" dies. I used Perfect Paper Adhesive to glue the ornament to the embossed oval.

For the greeting, I used ODBD's "Let It Snow" stamp set. I stamped the greeting on bristol with Versamark, and heat embossed it with silver embossing powder. I die cut that with a Spellbinders "Grommet Tags" die (discontinued), & inked the edges of that with Worn Lipstick Distress ink.

I have to admit, I really struggled with the background. I wanted something that wasn't just flat, but that also didn't compete with the focal point of my card. I found the "Mini Rosetta" stencil from The Crafters Workshop in my supplies, and decided to do something with that. I adhered it to a piece of black cardstock cut to 4.25x5.5" (I had previously applied repositionable spray adhesive to the back). Then I inked all over the panel with Delicata Silvery Shimmer pigment ink, using the direct-to-paper technique. When I lifted the stencil, though, I had one hot mess on my hands! Despite the adhesive on the stencil, ink had still seeped underneath, and I ended up with an almost totally silver panel, with just hints of the stencil design. NOT what I wanted!

So I had to regroup. I sat at my desk & thought for a minute, and an idea popped into my head. Could I do a monoprint with the stencil instead? So I cut another black panel, and inked up the stencil with Silvery Shimmer. I laid my panel--carefully--over the stencil, and went over it several times with my brayer. Then I lifted the panel from the stencil--and had a nice, shimmery background design! Yay!!!! After I was sure it was dry, I glued my matted ornament & greeting to the panel. I added a black brad in each hole in the "Grommet Tag" die cut, adhered the panel to a white A2 card base, and rounded the corners with a 1/2" Corner Chomper.

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

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: "Anything Goes"
Dies R Us Challenge #76: "Layers"
Through the Craft Room Door: "Anything Goes"


  1. What a stunning Christmas Card, Andrea!! I so love your use of the non-traditional colors and all the texture. Gorgeous ornament and card. Thanks for joining us at ODBD for our last challenge!

  2. hello! this is gorgeous, luv the beautiful colors and design! I am so glad you played along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

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  3. So beautiful! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘Layers’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
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  4. This is gorgeous! I love your die choices and using pink makes it a beautiful non-traditional card! Thanks for joining our "Layers" challenge at Dies R Us!


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