Saturday, 27 November 2010

Untraditional Christmas Card - for 5 Challenges

I am having a crafty type of morning to make up for the lack of crafting over the last few days! Besides which, it is too cold and snowy to go outside.
This card started off from the Totally Papercraft Untraditional Christmas Challenge where no Red or Green was to be featured. Therefore I have gone for golds, oranges and a touch of yellow. There are then 4 other challenges so I will enter those too: Sketch and Stash Challenge #49 gave me the design for the card, Crafty Creations # 95 - Christmas is coming and CraftyCatz - Christmas, Cards for Men challenge #24
The base card is A5 in size and is extravagantly made from a sheet of gold mirror card.
The yellow, orange and white flourish background was made from white card, a Tattered Angels mask and yellow and orange Glimmer mist.
The next layer was white card. A non-stick mat was splodged with distress ink which was sprayed with water and the card dipped in, swirled around and dried. This was repeated until the card was covered satisfactorily. Versamark was dabbed, straight from the ink pad, in random fashion, and the gold embossing powder applied and heated to give highlights on the sheets.
The main image was made by the crystal technique (I believe it is called). The delightful Stag stamp from Elusive Images was added to the front of a sheet of acetate using Stazon ink and allowed to dry. This was then turned over and some clear, runny floor polish was added over the surface, some glitter and alcohol ink added for colour and sparkle and then a piece of white, scrunched up tissue paper was applied which soaked up the polish. This was all moved around until a suitable covering had been obtained and the whole thing was allowed to dry for over 24 hours. Once dry it was trimmed to the required size and the layers applied to the base card with Pinflair glue.
The 3 tabs were cut from and off-cut of the yellow, orange and white layer, trimmed on the diagonal and added to the card.
The three small stars and the snowflake were cut using a snowflake Shapeability (the stars are the centre of three of the snowflakes, waste not, want not, you understand! These were added as the final embellishments.
This card has been entered into the following challenges:


  1. Hi Shirl,It's so brilliant, always love the effects you get on your work, love the image too.....keep warm, freezing isn't love it thought so what can we

  2. Oooh I like the design of this card and the colour!

    This would be a fabulous entry into the Top Tip Tuesday Layer Upon Layer challenge this week - you can enter as many times as you like!

    Hope to see you there! Leanne xx

  3. Hi Shirl your technique sounds rather smelly hope its a nice one, but very clever. Love your card its gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at CFM, good luck witht he challenge. with hugs Shirleyxx

  4. Hi Shirl
    A fabulous card,thankyou for joining us on this week's challenge at CraftyCatz,
    Hugs Dianne xx

  5. Hi Shirl a fabulous card, lovely image, great design, thank you for joining us at Totally Papercrafts this week, hope to see you next time, sue,x

  6. fabulous card and a gorgeous image:)

    Thank you for joining us at sketch and stash


  7. A beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz this week x

  8. It sure turned out to be a beautiful card. We are happy to have you play with us at Cards for men. Good luck on the challenge. Hope to see you again. Happy Crafting. Hugs, Patricia.

  9. This is a majestic fellow for sure - i LOVE the swirls within his're so creative making your own pps - sometimes its nice to have a play with something different! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Creations this week! bx

  10. Wow this is beautiful and that reindeer is just so elegant!

    Thanks for joining us at CFM for this fortnights challenge!

    Kitty xx

  11. Hi Shirl

    WOW this is gorgeous a beautiful card, thanks forjoining us at tpc



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