Hi there. Hurray, hurray, I am so pleased that I have managed to make the deadline for the Rudolph Day Challenge over at Mo's Blog where we have from 25th to the end of the month to submit a Christmas card. I think I have only entered once since the beginning of the year so haven't done very well up to now. I have been greatly hampered this time by the fact that I made the card on Wednesday, and was just thinking about writing the post and putting it up when our telephone line ceased working, and so not to be thwarted here I am two days later in the local library writing it up. I was hoping that by now all would be fixed but seems that it might not be put right until early next week and it won't be a moment too soon as you don't realise how much you miss it until it isn't there! I was determined that as I had made this card specially it would be posted.
Anyway on to the card. I used a Penny Black stencil which I was lucky enough to win a while ago and a snippet of a gelli plate creation which was left over from a card I made several posts ago.
I transferred the stencil outline on to the card using a fine Micron pen and then watercoloured using Momento Bamboo Leaves and a little Pine Needles Distress Ink on the leaves and a little DI Walnut Stain on the stems, and to emphasise the leaves a bit more I used my Spectrum Noir pencils, just a light brown and a dark green, and then I used a mid colour blue and went round the edges of the image in places to make it stand out a bit more.
I have just bought a new Sue Wilson die from her Configurations Collection called Elegant Laced Edger and consists of two dies which as the name suggests can be arranged to make different borders and frames. I mounted the topper on to a piece of green card and then cut the die cut frame and sandwiched this between the topper and the textured gold card behind. I also cut a piece of soft green ribbon and layered this between the gold card and the frame. I also embossed the base card with the stencil.
I finished by adding some pearls to the corners and dotted the 'i' with one also, and added a die cut sentiment, and as a last thought I decided perhaps some glossy accents would look nice on the berries too.
I hope this all makes sense as I have had to rush somewhat to get this posted in the time they allow you on line in the library, but hopefully normal services will be resumed at home next week, and so I will catch up with everyone then.
Thank you to everyone who takes the time to stop and take a look, and all your interest is much appreciated.
p.s. Here we are less than a day since my library visit and out of the blue a gentleman has arrived and corrected the phone line fault so will be catching up on visits shortly. So pleased to be back in proper contact with the outside world again!
I am also entering this card in the following challenges:
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Weeks 178 and 179 where we use up our snippets/scraps of card and paper.
Cuttlebug Mania - Bling. I have used some pearls.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.