Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Nutcracker In Glittered Gold

Hello Everyone,

Today's nutcracker Christmas card is all about the glitter.


The image is Tattered Lace Nutcracker die cut from a glittered gold of unknown origin and layered on a Ranger Alcohol inked glossy paper.  The image panel is layered on more glittered gold and a Bazzill beige.  The embellishments are EK Success crystals.

This glittered paper is so amazing, I decided this would be the perfect card to go without a sentiment.  The sparkly nutcracker, in such sharp relief against the green panel, is such an 'strong' card that it really doesn't need anything else.  I debated using embellishments and this card sat on my desk for a while before I decided which way to go.  I'm really happy with the results.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Nutcracker In Silver

Hello everyone,

Today's nutcracker card uses more of the wonderful shaving cream paper.


The image is Tattered Lace Nutcracker die cut from a mirrored silver of unknown origin.  The image is layered on more mirrored silver and Recollections White which was smooshed with blue Stampin' Up and Ranger re-inkers and shaving cream.  The sentiment is Bonnidee Layering Trees stamped in Versafine Onyx Black.  The embellishment is also Recollections.

This is not the result I thought I'd get when I was putting the card together.  I don't hate this card but I'd hoped the nutcracker would pop more as would the embellishment and sentiment.  I purposefully kept the elements and layers simple but what ended up happening is that the background paper has overwhelmed everything else.  I think I would be more pleased with the results if I'd added either blue or white over the printed layer with a wide reveal.  Live and learn!  I'm not unhappy with this card, I just wish is was better.  Of course, this isn't the best photo, which doesn't help either.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Monday, May 22, 2017

Nutcracker In Copper

Hello everyone,

Today's nutcracker card is absolutely amazing in it's beautiful simplicity.


The image is Tattered Lace Nutcracker die cut from a shimmery copper of unknown origin.  The image is layered on a piece of Ranger alcohol inked glossy paper, a shimmery, textured cream Bazzill and more shimmery copper.

I intend that all of these nutcracker cards will be donated to the charity card sale at the office this fall.  As such, there is a need for both English and French cards.  To accommodate either language, some of the cards will have no sentiments.  I chose to make this a sentiment-less card because the copper nutcracker against the alcohol inked background paper is pretty spectacular.  Once I had all the pieces together, it seemed superfluous to add anything else.  I'm also pleased that this card works perfectly as a neutral card.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Nutcracker In Brown

Hello everyone,

Today's nutcracker post is another card of beauty.


The image is Tattered Lace Nutcracker die cut from a shimmery brown of unknown origin.  The image is layered on a textured cream Bazzill, a mirrored gold of unknown origin and more shimmery brown.  The sentiment is Bonnidee C'est Noel stamped in Stampin' Up Early Espresso.  The embellishments are Mark Richards 3mm gold metal.

I really love this nutcracker card.  The natural colours of the die cut and layers makes this card very neutral and could be used for either a masculine and feminine giver or receiver.  I think this card is all the more interesting because the colours are not traditional for Christmas.  The hints of gold in the middle layer and the embellishments add just enough 'extra' to make this a very special card.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Nutcracker In Red

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another nutcracker Christmas card.


The image is Tattered Lace Nutcracker die cut from a mirrored red of unknown origin.  The sentiment is Magenta stamped in Versafine Onyx Black.  The embellishment is Jolee's Boutique Christmas Holly Repeats.

How much more different could this nutcracker card be from yesterday's?  So clean and simple yet with one heck of an impact!  Just three elements in a simple layout, it couldn't be an easier card to craft.  I borrowed this French sentiment from my girlfriend and with this size and scale couldn't be a better fit for this die cut.  I will, most certainly be crafting more of these cards.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Friday, May 19, 2017

Nutcracker In Purple

Hello everyone,

Last weekend I got together with a girlfriend and crafted some great Christmas nutcracker cards.


The image is Tattered Lace Nutcracker die cut from a shimmery purple of unknown origin affixed to Recollections White.  The background layers are more shimmery purple and a mirrored silver of unknown origin.  The patterned layer was made using a piece of Recollections White, blue and purple Stampin' Up and Ranger re-inkers and shaving cream.  The sentiment is Magenta stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on Recollections White and more mirrored silver.

I made this shaving cream paper last fall.  I did some in autumn colours and some in blues/purples, and while I used some of the autumn papers, I set aside these sheets to use at a later time.  This is a very, very messy technique so you don't just do one sheet at a time.  This is a pretty powerful piece of paper so it really needs to be used judiciously.  The same applies to this nutcracker die.  It isn't subtle but it does make for really spectacular Christmas cards.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Wedding Wishes

Hello everyone,

Today's card is the last of the florals that I've been carding over the last few weeks.


The background image is Impression Obsession Cover-A-Card Flourishes stamped in Altenew Morning Frost and highlighted with Sakura Clear Star Gelly Roll pen.  The images are Altenew Vintage Flowers stamped in Recollections White with Altenew Buttercream, Deep Iris, Forest Glades, Frayed Leaf, Lavender Fields, Mango Smoothie, Midnight Violet, Moss, Soft Lilac and Warm Sunshine.  The sentiment is Creative Expressions More Scribbled Sentiments stamped in Altenew Lava Rock.  The vertical strips are Close To My Heart Silver and Gold Foil Tape.  The embellishments are Crafts Rhinestone Stickers.

Yesterday's more formal floral card inspired me to craft a wedding card along the same vein.  I used up the last of the yellow and purple flowers that I had on hand.  I couldn't decide on either gold or silver strips so decided to use both.  I think it works well given the warm yellow flowers and the cool purple flowers.  The only disappointment with this card is the Sakura pen highlights on the background.  It wasn't needed after all and is really too random.  Notwithstanding, it's still a lovely result.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle