Sunday 31 May 2020

May Rudolph Days Challenge

Hi there.  I coloured this digital image of a holly wreath and berries at the same time as the last card on my blog, and so thought this would do nicely for the Rudolph Days Challenge.

I printed it on to Bristol Smooth Watercolour Paper and again coloured with my Staedler Brush Pens using a waterbrush.  I also used some glossy accents over the berries to give shine and a little dimension and then die cut it with a circle die.  I then finished with a sentiment in the centre of the wreath using Versafine Satin Red Ink and heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.

I decided to do something completely different for me and cut a circular easel card using one of my white cards placing the die a little way over the fold of the card to make the basic shape.  I layered the topper with a snippet of red and then another stitched circle with a green snippet, and added a piece of holly covered dp to the base again cutting with a stitched circle die, using a snippet which I found in amongst the pages.  I put it all together and added a little gem as the stopper for the easel.   The holly dp is off white but not as dark as it appears in the photo.  I don't have many papers and this one with the holly seemed the best to complement the topper. 

I haven't made an easel card for absolutely ages and don't think I have ever made a circular one, but was pleased with the finished result.

The challenge finishes in less than 24 hours time, but for anyone who is a speedy crafter still just about time to enter.    Thanks for visiting my blog today and I'll see you again soon.

I am also entering the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - No. 379 where we use up our snippets of card and paper etc.
Christmas Kickstart Challenge - No. 31 Wreathed in Christmas Smiles.
52 Christmas Card Throwdown - May Technique Challenge - Embossing.
Winter Wonderland Challenge - Your Favourite Colour Combination. 
Christmas Craft Creations May Challenge - Use A Die Cut.



Mac Mable said...

The round easel shaped card looks fabulous with the wreath shape Pat. Such a beautiful card and I love the sentiment stamped in the red. Fabulous colouring of the holly too x. Such a striking card x.

Jenny L said...

Hi Pat,
Happy Rudolf Days.
Love the shape of your easel card and that wreath looks so brilliant and coloured wonderfully.
Thank you for joining the Rudolf Challenge.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. DT

Lady Joyful said...

This is a really pretty round easel card, and your watercolouring of those holly leaves is lovely. Please note that to be eligible to be our winner or honourable mention you should include our challenge graphic in your blog post. Thank you for joining us at Christmas Craft Creations - Charlotte/Lady Joyful, DT

Dotty Jo said...

Why didn't I think of an easel card for this challenge? What a great idea, Pat, and so beautifully coloured too. Thanks so much for joining Robyn and I over at Christmas Kickstart, Jo x

scrappymo! said...

Your circular easel card looks wonderful! There are two things here that I have not ever tried. First is the round easel card...but now I want to try one. The second is the jewel for the stopper on the card. Great idea!

Thanks for taking part in the May Rudolph Days Challenge.

cuilliesocks said...

Hello Pat, your card is gorgeous, lovely circular easel design and your wreath is beautiful, hope you are keeping well and safe, Kate x

Viv said...

A great shape for an easel card Pat - the wreath is perfect and the addition of the gloss on the berries was a great idea. Lovely card

Liz said...

Your card is beautiful, Pat. The berries really pop with the added Glossy Accents. I love the circle shape, I can't remember ever having make a circle easel card. Something else to add to my list of things to try! xx

Robyn Oliver said...

A wonderful easel card Pat, just perfect for your lovely wreath, thanks for sharing with Christmas Kickstart, Robyn

Anonymous said...

A beautiful circle easel card! The focal image is coloured beautifully and i love the base holly paper too. Very creative to use a gem; also time-saving instead of foam taped images, etc. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely christmas creation with us at the Rudolph Days Challenge.

Marjan said...

Great easel circular card, Pat! Lovely wreath which you colored so beautiful! Nice idea to add gloss, gives it just that little something more.

Rachelle Oltean said...

What a pretty shaped card and I love the easel feature! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at the Christmas Craft Creations Challenge!
Rachelle - DT : )

Ros Crawford said...

It's lovely Pat... I love the shape and the wreath with the glossy berries is so pretty!

Loll said...

Beautifully watercoloured wreath, Pat! Love the glossy accents on the berries to make them shine. Great idea to make a circular easel card for your wreath. Perfect with the dark green framing. And the design is so fun!! xx

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

A beautiful Christmas card Pat. I don't think I've ever made any round cards, maybe I should think about that x

Di said...

Great card Pat - I always forget about round cards - looks so good with the wreath.


Di xx

Karen Dunbrook said...

I have never made one of these but it sure looks fab...well done.
xx Karen