Thursday 27 August 2015

Mistletoe Christmas

Hi there.  Well it's that time in the month when Rudolph Day over Scraps of Life by Scrappy Mo is here again, and continues until the end of the month.  I have made a card using a Penny Black Mistletoe stencil and a new/NBUS Spellbinders Borderabilities - Curved Borders 1 die  in the background.

I started by dry embossing the stencil using a snippet of white card, and then coloured through the stencil with some inks and blending foam starting with a lighter colour green, Adirondack Lettuce I think, and then some darker ink to add shading which was Mowed Lawn Distress Ink, and finally some Pine Needles DI, and the berries I left alone.  When dry I put the stencil back over and added some Cosmic Shimmer Translucent Texture Paste using an old plastic card to apply it, and then left this to dry for an hour or two.  I then finished by blending some blues into the background using Adirondack Stonewashed ink and darkened with Stormy Sky DI around the edges and then a little Peacock Feathers towards the centre to lighten.  I also darkened around the leaves with a darkish blue Spectrum Noir pencil and added a few highlights with a lilac.  I found when I came to use my Cosmic Shimmer Pearl Glue Gel on the berries that it had dried out so I used a dot of the ordinary CS glue on each berry which did give a raised effect, and when dry I added a black dot on each berry with a Micron pen.  I layered this topper on to a snippet of dark blue, then light blue and finished with a snippet of gold mirri card.

For the background I used another snippet of white card edged with one of the curved borders and then dry embossed with the mistletoe stencil which I used twice to make a nice pattern.  Unfortunately it doesn't show up very well on the photo.  I then used a snippet of blue using another of the edges, and finished with a snippet of gold mirri card and another of the edges.  I stamped the sentiment on the base card using Versamark ink and WOW Gold Sparkle embossing powder and then finished by layering everything up.

I have never used the texture paste before and it did bleed under the stencil a little so I used my Promarkers to cover up some of these blemishes, and I also added a little extra colour to the leaves with a darkish green one too as I felt the leaves needed just a little extra shading as these do work on a shiny surface.

Thank you to everyone who visits my blog as I really appreciate all your interest.

Pat  x

I am also entering the following challenges:

Happy Little Stampers August Christmas Challenge - Sparkle.  I hope the gold mirri and the gold sparkle embossing powder fits the challenge ok.
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - Use Some Gold.
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challeng Extra - Anything Goes every month.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Week 191 where we use up our snippets.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.


Liz said...

Beautiful, Pat! I love how you've created the mistletoe image and the curved borders for the background look really lovely. xx

MaryH said...

Got my HLS Christmas Challenge Hat on, and I recognized your style when I saw this one in the thumbnail. Wow! It's especially glittering when the photo is enlarged, and what a treat to read through the 'how-to-s'. Lots of wonderful techniques to achieve this pretty card. Love that shimmer paste, and those S/B curved dies are just wonderful. A lovely design for a wonderfully executed image. Thanks for joining in with us at HLS Sparkle Christmas Challenge. Hugs.

Loll said...

This is one gorgeous card, Pat! I LOVE your mistletoe .. all that layering of colour really gives them lots of dimension. And I can see the shine and shimmer from the texture paste ... very beautiful! Thanks for playing along at Happy Little Stampers. xx

Sarn said...

That's very pretty Pat. Thanks for sharing how you made it.
Hugs, Sarn xxx

Barb said...

What a pretty card Pat. I really enjoyed reading how you did it. You did an amazing job with the mistletoe stencil. I thought it was a stamp when I first looked. I love the way the image really stands out from the background. A lovely seasonal card. Barbxx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful Pat, I like the effect of the mistletoe and the lovely colour combination. It's great to get started on Christmas cards isn't it? Take care, Shirleyxx

Di said...

Fabulous Pat - and always a delight to read just how you made your cards. I thought the mistletoe was a stamp too!


Di xx

Jean said...

Lovely card Pat, the mistletoe is pretty and makes a nice change from the usual Christmas foliage. I like the lovely blues too and the curved die cut edges make a super background.
Jean x

Jacee said...

Very pretty festive card Pat
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Kathleen said...

Gorgeous card, fabulous stencil and really lovely colours.

Kath x

LesLee said...

This is beautiful... I love the color and shading of the mistletoe...I love the shimmer texture paste... it makes it pop. Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge xx

Hazel said...

Thanks for entering both of my CHNC challenges with your lovely crafting - hope to see you again soon. x

Teresa Kline said...

hello Pat! super fun card, this looks so amazing,.great design! so glad you played along with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

sparkle & shine *~*

Cathy said...

Gorgeous card Pat, love the stencilled mistletoe and pretty layers, Cathy x

Helen said...

Beautiful card! All the work you did with the stencil looks fabulous!
Thanks for joining in the Rudolph Day fun!
Helen x
(Guest Designer)

Suze said...

Love the mistletoe being the focal point of the card. Thank you for joining in the challenge at CHNC Extra for August.

Bonnie said...

Oh, Pat, this is a work of art! Love the soft coloring of the mistletoe and the background! And what an interesting layout!

maria's knutselplezier said...

This card looks gorgious Pat!! I love this mistletoe!!

Have a nice weekend

Petra Swart said...

This is so lovely, Pat!!! Your focal panel really looks great and I love those curved edges underneath!!!! The matting of the focal panel is perfect to have it really stand out!!!! The delicate gold scallops on the curves are beautiful!!!! Such a unique lo, Pat!!!! Love it!!!!