Friday 29 May 2015

May Rudolph Day Challenge

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.

Pat x

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.


scrappymo! said...

This card is so very pretty. Your atention to detail has resulted in such a pretty card.

Thanks for the perseverance in going all the way to the library to post this little beauty. I am so pleased you were able to enter the May Rudolph |Days Challenge.

Jacee said...

Very pretty design Pat
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Kathleen said...

Really lovely card and a great stencil, die and lovely colours.

Thank you for joining in this months Rudolph Day challenge.

Kath x

Jean said...

What a lovely creation Pat, I love the way you used the stencil and your colouring is fabulous. That beautiful die cut frame looks great over the textured gold mat as well.
Jean x

Hettie said...

This is so pretty. Love the colours, not traditional greens but still Christmassey.

Di said...

Lovely card Pat!


Di xx

Darnell said...

That is dedication, Pat! Good for you for trekking off to the library to get your gorgeous snippets Rudolph card posted! I love it!!

I was going to email you about the parchment paper, but I don't see an email address on your profile page, so I'll respond here. You could cut masks from your parchment paper, but you would still have to figure out how to temporarily adhere them to your card. The freezer paper, on the other hand, has a waxy side. You cut your die and then you iron on the mask to your paper. That way the wax sort of melts and sticks so you can get nice clean masked areas with lots of inky colors around (hopefully). Afterwards, my masks peeled right off, but if they stick a little, you just hit them with the heat gun and they become pliable enough to peel off.

I hope that answers your question! Enjoy your day and I hope the phone line stays healthy! Thank you for your visits and lovely comments!! Hugs, Darnell

MaryH said...

Clever you to be able to use your gelli snippet & this lovely stencil to meet both challenges. It's very beautiful, and will try to remember your good ideas on this one! {Sigh} another SW die to hunt for now! It also looks like you did some embossing with the pretty stencil on the white background too, which added a lot of lovely detail. Your pencil coloring is wonderful, and this is a very calming, soothing feel on the card. TFS & wow, you're super to have gone to all the work you did to get this one posted! (so glad you did!). Glad to hear that you got the problem solved now. Hugs.

Di said...

It's Di again, wearing my Cuttlebug hat! As already said, this is really lovely - I do so love the die cutting - thank you for joining in the Cuttlebug Mania Challenge. Good luck!


Di xx

jenn shurkus said...

beautiful card :) Thank you for playing a long with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

Diane said...

Wonderful pattern and design.

Hugs diane

Sarn said...

A lovely looking RD and snippets card Pat . . . xxx

Kimbo said...

Pretty card, love the design

Thanks for playing along at Cuttlebug Mania this time x

maria's knutselplezier said...

Beautiful Christmascard Pat , beautiful colours too!!