Friday 27 November 2015

November Rudolph Days Challenge

Hi there everybody.  I am trying to progress quickly with my Christmas cards now as time is getting short and I have quite a lot to do yet so there will probably be quite a few posts with just Christmas cards.  This card was made with a mixture of stamps and an embossing folder which I got as freebies with magazines.  This is the last Rudolph Days for this year and I haven't entered the challenge as many times as I would have liked but will try to do better next year.  Up until he end of last year it was run by our friend Sarn of Stamping for Pleasure, but she decided to stand down, and Mo of Scraps of Life by Scrappymo stepped up to carry it on, and I think we all agree she has done a wonderful job, and what is really special is that Sarn is Guest Designer this month.  The challenge runs until the last day of the month.

I started by embossing the border strip down each side of my white square card and then I used a snippet of white card and stamped using Versafine Smokey Gray ink and coloured with my Distress inks in Festive Berries and Seedless Preserves for the shading.  I also used some Stonewashed Adirondack ink for the background.  I finished by using some Mustard Seed Distress ink in the centre of the flower and then gave it some shine with Glossy Accents.  I did add a little extra blue around the edge of the flower with a Spectrum Noir pencil as I felt when I had layered it up that it needed defining a bit more.

I mat and layered using some snippets of silver mirri and dark blue card which I cut using two sizes of Stitched Square Dies.

I finished by stamping the sentiment on to another snippet of white card using Versamark and WOW Silver Embossing Powder and then die cut using a Spellbinders Scalloped Oval die.  I did originally stamp straight on to the base card but unfortunately it was a little bit messy so I had to re-stamp on to the scallop oval die cut which is why it doesn't fit the space as well as it might. 

Thank you for taking a look today.

Pat  x

I am also entering the following challenges:

Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge 172 Make Your Mark.
Penny Black and More - Anything Christmas.


Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful Poinsettie, the background embossing compliments it very well. Take care, xx

MaryH said...

This Poinsettia just blazes right off the mat! Your w/c is so gorgeous, and love the matting effects. Ditto the pretty embossing on the sides. A perfect Rudy Day card! TFS & Happy Wkend. Hugs

Barb said...

Your card is lovely Pat. The image looks so pretty and I love the way you've embossed either side with a poinsettia embossing folder. Barbxx

LesleyG said...

lovely embossing and mirri card makes your poinsettia really pop xxx

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Such a gorgeous card, I love the poinsettia stamp.

Sue xx

Kathleen said...

Gorgeous card, love the subtleness of the background and the fabulous colour of the image.

Kath x

scrappymo! said...

This is a beautiful card, Pat. The poinsettia is so lovely...and your colours here look great.

Thanks for taking part in the November Rudolph Days Challenge and good luck in the prize draw.

Marika said...

Beautiful colouring the poinsettia and love the dry embossing border. Great holiday card, Pat!

Sarn said...

What a beautiful poinsettia card Pat. The image and the embossing are gorgeous.
Happy Rudolph Day!

Barb Ghig said...

Gorgeous Poinsettia, and I love how you added so much dimension to this card! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at ATSM!

brenda said...

A really super card and beautiful Poinsdettia which is really set off by the embossed background.

Many thanks for joining us at penny Black and More challenge. It would also fit in very nicely at Stamping Sensations.

B x

Whisper said...

Oooo what a simply stunning Poinsetta and i'm loving the embossing too and thanks for joining us at Penny Black & More this month, Luv Sam x