Friday, October 6, 2017

Two Christmas Cards

Christmas Card Throwdown's current challenge theme is to use only pink, red, and green on your card. I created 2 cards to enter.

I used Our Daily Bread Designs' "Christmas Ornament" stamp set for my first card. I stamped it on Strathmore Smooth Bristol paper with Versamark ink, & heat embossed with Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold embossing powder. (I am using gold as a neutral, not another color.) I colored it with my Tombow markers, using a water brush to blend the colors & create highlights.

For the front panel, I decided to keep it simple. I don't have the coordinating die for the stamp set, so I stamped the ornament in the middle of my panel, and cut around it with a craft knife. I stamped the greeting, also from "Christmas Ornament," and gold heat embossed that as well. Finally, I foam mounted that to my image panel, and adhered it to a white A2 card base.

My second card, though still a CAS design, was a bit more involved. I die cut several flower & leaf pieces from Canson XL Mixed Media paper with the Poppy Stamps "Blooming Poinsettia" die set. I smooshed Worn Lipstick & Barn Door Distress inks on my non-stick craft mat and spritzed them with my homemade Perfect Pearls mist. Then I laid the die cut flower pieces face down in the ink, and moved them around until they were full covered. I used my heat tool to dry them, and added more ink where necessary. I repeated the process with Mowed Lawn Distress ink for the leaves.

For the card front, I took a cue from Jennifer McGuire. She had demonstrated using stitching dies to make an impression in your card front, just for a bit of added interest. I used the largest of Lawn Fawn's "Small Cross-stitched Rectangle" dies to do this. It doesn't really show up in the photo, but it adds a nice detail in real life. Then I stamped the greeting, from "Christmas Ornament," and gold heat embossed that.

I glued my poinsettias together, adding liquid glue just in the centers at first. When that had set up, I glued the 3 flowers & leaves to my card front, adding glue under all the petals to keep them from tearing off. After that dried, I trimmed off the overhanging bits with my scissors, & adhered my card front to a white A2 card base. As a finishing touch, I added Nuvo Honey Gold Glitter Drops to the centers of the flowers.

I'm also entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: "Christmas"
Incy Wincy Designs: "Let's Celebrate"
613 Avenue Create: "Anything Goes"


  1. Beautiful CAS card -love the die-cut poinsettias----Thank you for joining us at 613 Avenue Create
    Carol DT x

  2. I love this pink card and am impressed that you were able to cut the aperture with a knife. That would go badly wrong for me. It's a beautiful ornament. Lovely poinsettias too and a nice idea to have them in the corner. I can see the embossed detail, it's a great way to add interest without colour.

  3. What a fantastic festive cards you made. I like your take of ours colors.
    Thanks for playing along at Christmas Card Throwdown, Andreja DT

  4. 2 lovely Christmas cards, Andrea, these colors are made for each other! Thanks for sharing your work with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

  5. Love both of your cards. Thank you for sharing your creation with us @ Incy Wincy Designs Let's Celebrate Challenge. Good luck!-Maria Giselle

  6. Both cards are pretty, but I especially love the poinsettia card. Well worth the extra effort.


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