Friday, November 30, 2012

Winter wonderland

OMG - it's the last day of November and I've barely started on my Christmas cards! I have a few special cards made but the bulk are sitting on my dining room table in various states of completion (and, OK, by completion I really mean that they are hardly even imagined). Panic can be a good thing sometimes - I spent the evening cranking out creating a batch of cards inspired by a gorgeous card I discovered at Splitcoast Stampers.

I started out by die cutting the frames and deer (Memory Box "Debutante Frame", "Orchard Frame", "Deer Trio") from white cardstock. I then embossed the background frame (using Sizzix "Christmas Dots #5"), first spreading distress ink (Tim Holtz "Broken China") on the folder to create the snowy background. I wanted the deer to really stand out, so I inked a second die cut with the same "Broken China" distress ink and layered it behind & slightly off to create a shadow.

The patterned papers all came from my stash - Basic Grey "Nordic Holiday" and 3 Bugs in a Rug "Snow Much Fun".To tie the reds in the snowflake paper in with the red strip and poinsettia, I added some dots of Stickles "Candy Cane" glitter glue in the tree branches and poinsettia centre. The final touches were Stickles "Star Dust" dabbed along the snowy ground and then some inking around the card edge.

Sure sounds like a lot of work but these cards actually came together pretty quickly. The most difficult aspect was keeping my cat from stepping on the drying glitter!

Anyway, off to get some sleep. Tomorrow will be a busy day of decorating the house and hopefully making more cards!


Challenges:

There are tonnes of challenges for Christmas cards right now so I'm going a little crazy with my entries.

Crafts 4 Eternity - Christmas
Crimbo Crackers - Anything Christmas
Divas by Design - Sparkle & glitter
Fussy & Fancy - Christmas
Jingle Belles - Anything holiday
Little Red Wagon - Include a tree
Oldie But a Goodie - Let it snow (plus use older item - papers are all over a year old)
Partytime Tuesdays - Anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown - Lots of layers
Simon Says Stamp - Anything goes

9 comments:

  1. Shelley I love the white winterscape silhouette image and those gorgeous papers, time well spent I think :-) Good luck with the rest of your card making!

    Thanks for joining us over at Fussy and Fancy for our "I love Christmas" challenge - good luck!

    xx Happy crafting and glittery seasonal hugs xx

    Sazzle

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  2. *BEYOND* gorgeous... what an incredible and lovely card! ♥♥♥!

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  3. The white silhouette is so fun and pretty. I love your snowflakes.

    Thanks for joining us at Crafts 4 Eternity.

    Mari

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  4. Great winter scene you've created!
    Thanks for playing along with us at LRW!

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  5. What a great card - love the snowy deer & great design. Hope production continued today & mogs stayed off your table - I have that problem too! Thanks for joining us at an OBAG, Jx

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  6. Gorgeous card. Thanks for joining us at Diva's
    Hugs
    Jayne

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  7. Thank-you for sharing your fabulous card with us at Crafts 4 Eternity this week :)

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  8. Beautiful card! Love the design!

    Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!

    Hugs...
    Melissa

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  9. Thank you for joining in at Crimbo Crackers – hope you can join me again for the next challenge! Crimbo Crackers

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