Friday, November 17, 2017

A Glittered Tree

Hello everyone,

Today's Christmas card uses another leftover glittered sticker that I found in my stash.


The image is a Peel-Offs outline sticker covered in a variety of glitter (Martha Stewart and Studio K).  The sentiment is Inkadinkado stamped in Versafine Onyx Black.

This is a lovely Christmas card.  As much as I love crafting 'over-the-top' Christmas cards, there is something about all the white space on this card that makes me really, really happy.  The glittered tree and lightly flourished sentiment couldn't work more beautifully together.  I chose this sentiment because it provided the chance to add a bit of glitter to coordinate with the tree.

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

Gisèle

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Holly Vine

Hello everyone,

Today's Christmas card post uses another wonderful leftover piece that I found in my stash.


The printed paper is Anna Griffin Yuletide Greetings layered on a mirrored dark green of unknown origin.  The image is Penny Black Holly Berries die cut from more mirrored green and is highlighted with Xmas Red Stickles.  The sentiment is Hero Arts Clear Stamp Set stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on Recollections Vanilla.

I'm not sure how I feel about this card.  I should love it because of the holly but it's not a favourite.  I think the problem is the monochromatic green doesn't work the way I thought it would.  I suspect if I'd used a different colour background, perhaps a textured solid, the lovely flourished holly branch would have stood out more.  It's not that I hate this card.  It's a good card.  I just am not as in love with as I'd would have wished.

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

Gisèle

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Glittering Poinsettias

Hello everyone,

The next batch of Christmas card posts are part of another commission for friend.


The images are Peel-Off's Outline Stickers covered with a variety of red and gold glitter.  The stickers were applied to a shimmery red of unknown origin and Joy Crafts Spiegelkarton gold.  The sentiment is Hero Arts Very Merry Christmas stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on Recollections Vanilla and layered on more Joy Crafts Spiegelkarton gold.  The card is highlighted with Golden Rod Stickles.

This is one of my favourite shimmery red papers.  It is a beautiful deep red that is so perfectly suited for sumptuous Christmas cards.  The glittered poinsettias were made a while ago but were tucked away.  I wish I had had two more flowers but didn't want to break out the glitter because it's really, really messy.  The addition of the Stickles dots goes a long way to add more balance to the flowers.

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

Gisèle

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Natural Greetings

Hello everyone,

Today's Christmas card is much more on the traditional side.


The images are Stampin' Up Watercolor Winter stamped in Stampin' Up Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Altenew Evergreen, and Close To My Heart Tulip on Recollections Vanilla.  The sentiment is Cornish Heritage Farms Vintage Christmas Expressions stamped in Early Espresso.  The poinsettia is highlighted with Gold Pearl Liquid Pearls.  The focal panel is layered on a mirrored red and a shimmery brown of unknown origin.

As much as I may have buyers regret of the two-step Christmas stamped I tried a few days ago, this stamp I've loved ever since the first time I used it.  I used every image in this set and while at first i thought I may have gone a little far, I actually really like the results.  Notwithstanding the gold center of the poinsettia, I couldn't figure out where else to add embellishments so I used a thin reveal on the layers.  It works as a great contrast for the naturalness of the images.

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

Gisèle

Monday, November 13, 2017

Merry Splatters

Hello everyone,

Today's Christmas card uses another new stamp that worked much better than the multi-step holly stamp.


The images are Stampin' Up Every Good Wish stamped in Close To My Heart Pomegranate and Tombow 126 and 847.  The sentiment element of the set is stamped on Recollections White and layered on Pomegranate paper.

I love this card!  The splatter in the background really frames the sentiment.  I love the three little bits of holly and I actually think I got them placed rather well.  I love the pinkness of the pomegranate ink and am glad I chose it instead of a more Christmas red.  I don't know how I'll manage to use this stamp again without wanting to repeat this card over and over.

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

Gisèle

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Purple Christmas

Hello everyone,

What's a Christmas card commission without at least one non-traditional card?


The sentiment is Altenew Halftone Holidays stamped in Stampin' Up Elegant Eggplant on Recollections Vanilla.  The sentiment is layered on more Elegant Eggplant textured with Sizzix Merry Christmas Phrases embossing folder and a shimmery purple Bazzill.  The card is highlighted with Starry Night Stickles.

After yesterday's frustration, I decided to craft something very different.  I love this Altenew stamp and die set.  The font is wonderful and there is something really appealing about the halftone aspect.  Coordinating the ink colour and layered paper helped keep this card from getting too complicated.  I love the texture of the background and thought it rather 'lovely' that the words match the sentiment.  The dark Stickles just add that little bit of extra.

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

Gisèle

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Holly Branches

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another Christmas card commissioned by a girlfriend.


The image is Stampin' Up Good Tidings stamped in Stampin' Up Old Olive and Altenew Espresso, Grapevine, Mocha, Moss and Ruby Red.  The sentiment is Hero Arts Holiday Sayings stamped in Espresso.

It took me four tries before I was at all happy with these results and even now, I have a few regrets.  I picked up this set because it's a holly image and it's a multi-step stamp.  This is what I describe as a loose image.  It's doesn't have an strong outline image that then stamped with filler images.  While in some ways this is more forgiving, I found that ink colour is going to matter because otherwise it's just going to look like a blob of ink.  After all the frustration, I decided I just wanted to finish this card so once the sentiment was stamped, I moved on!

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

Gisèle