Monday, 4 January 2016

First of the year!

In my blog about resolutions, I said I was going to make two Christmas cards a week - well, here's this week's first.

There are lots of challenges around at the moment asking us to use the new stash we got for Christmas - well my pressies only included one die and no other stash. The die will be appearing in a post later this week. But a few days before Christmas I won a super set of Spellbinders dies from a blog challenge, and thought the circles around the edge looked just like snowballs, making it perfect for Christmas cards.

The stamp I used is one that was a magazine freebie a few years ago. I used the largest die to cut and emboss the image, then used the die as a stencil to very lightly chalk blue and grey around some of the edges to add a little depth. It still didn't show up too well against the snowflake backing paper I'd chosen, so I thought I'd add a plain silver oval behind it, but none of my dies was big enough so I hand drew one, using the snowball die as a template and "joining the dots" between the tips of the circles. Then I hand cut it. When I'd positioned everything on the card, the edges had a slightly hand-cut look, so I finished them with flexible peel offs - which of course I then had to use around the rest of the card, too, for the sake of consistency.

I am sharing this with

Jingle Belles - Something Old, Something New
Sweet Stampin - Something new
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - January

10 comments:

  1. This card is so lovely. The design looks wonderful and I love that beautiful snowflake DP.
    Could you drop me an email at scrappymo1@gmail.com regarding your design team spot for the Rudolph Days Challenge I have an email ready to send dout to everyone who applied but need to create a group email to send it off.

    Thanks
    Maureen

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  2. Ah, I'm a sucker for consistency so I love it, Jane! And I'm impressed that you used that rare tool called skissors! More than that, I'm impressed that you already have made your first Chrissie card of 2016!! I bow and applaud!! Hugs, Darnell

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  3. I love postal images ... so very glad you started the year with us at jingle belles.

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  4. Hello there, Jane! Your card is fabulous. So many awesome colors, a great image, and creativity that has NO end. I would be honored to have you stop by and play along with us in these fun challenges:
    Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
    www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.com

    CropStop - Anything Goes
    www.cropstop.com/blog

    I hope that you will join us. It's always fun to make new blog friends, and I LOVE your art. Please stop by to join us, and have a blessed week.
    Karen

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  5. I love your pretty card Jane and well done making a start on 2016 Christmas cards. You must have a very steady hand cutting that oval, well done. Barbxx

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  6. Lovely card, Jane. The Spellbinders die does look like snowballs and is perfect against the lovely backing paper. xx

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  7. Such a pretty Christmas card. I love your sweet layout - this is just perfect for our 'New Stash/Occasion' theme this week. Thank you for sharing your card and joining in with the fun at Sweet Stampin’ this week and good luck. Hugs Janine xx

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  8. what a fun & fab holiday card and such a great start to your 2016 xmas card stash! so pleased you could join our JINGLE BELLES fun! ♥

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  9. Super cute card. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge extra
    Julie T

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  10. what a cute card with that wonderful metallic paper and fun image!

    thank you so much for joining our challenge over at The Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra Blog! :)

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