Friday, November 19, 2010

4 More Poinsettia Cards

I'm really into poinsettias for some reason this year. I've been having lots of fun embossing them as well as cutting them out as I've done here (stamp - Whispers), this time in gold. For the final touch I added a little pewter stickles for the centres. I used my MS scroll punch for the rectangle, and the bg is from Terri Conrad Designs (Winter Wonderland collection). I just bought lots more of this green cs by Bazzill as it is my favourite colour to match with red for Christmas cards. It is such a neutral green it seems to match with everything.
This is my Northwoods poinsettia stamp and I used red ink with clear EB powder to wash it out a little bit. I layered it on the deep red cs to help bring your eye into the centre.
I'm nearing the end of my favourite Christmas (holly) pp from Provo craft that I bought a couple of years ago. I sure am glad I bought so much when I did! Again I have used my MS scroll punch set (it's new so I'm still having fun with it!), and the flower is Prima. CS is Bazzill and the stamp is Studio G.
The picture doesn't show it well, but I've stamped the flourishes and embossed them with gold on shiny ivory cs. The bg layer is shiny gold cs, also from Bazzill. The flourishes and holly stamps are Heidi Grace, and the sentiment is Studio G. The red is from a scrap that I had.

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree

How lovely are your branches...! Sorry, but this card puts a song in my head! I resized some free Christmas music I found on the web, and printed it off in sepia to make my own pp. The tree (Lovely as a Tree - SU) is embossed with bronze EB powder, and bronze glitter was added to spice it up a bit. I just added a Prima flower and a couple of distressed layers to finish it off. The bottom layer isn't very noticeable, but is actually handmade Japanese paper my fil gave me. He used to do calligraphy and had a huge pile of handmade papers leftover that he passed on to me.

Glossy Holly

I learned this technique at a SU class. The holly and sentiment are stamped with white EB powder on glossy cs (same as below), and then I sponged green ink all over it. The EB folder is also SU and the poinsettia is Prima. Plaid pp is from a pad of Christmas paper that I bought at Wal-Mart.

Thinking of You/Get Well

A friend at church is recovering from heart surgery so this card is on it's way to her. On the inside it says, "Wishing you a speedy recovery." Those CB embossing folders sure come in handy for this kind of card. The sentiment is embossed with clear embossing powder.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Pink & Grey Poinsettia

I am really enjoying all that I can do with this new poinsettia stamp. This time I embossed it in white on glossy cs, and then sponged red ink over it. This is a pretty easy technique. I just added an embossed sentiment, a ribbon bow, and some glitter and I was done!

Bowling Birthday Card

My father just had his 82nd birthday and although he is starting to show his age a little bit, he still bowls in a 5-pin bowling league for seniors. Because an 82 year old has everything he needs, we decided for his birthday present to take him bowling. My kids enjoyed spending time with their Grandpa, and Grandpa had a chance to show off some of his bowling skills!

So of course I had to make a bowling themed card! I printed a free clip art bowling pin, cut it out and then used it to trace the image onto cs. I cut five pins out, added the red cs rings, and then popped them off the page using 3D foam squares. The ball is popped just a little higher than the pins for dimension. Inside I put a gift card (for free bowling with our family) that I just made up myself on the computer using my Printmaster program. TFL

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Festive Christmas Cards

Can you tell I love making CAS cards? This one was so easy to make. I punched 5 star shaped flowers with my McGill flower punch and then embossed them to look like poinsettias. I added a couple of MS's punches, a strip of green cs on the inside layer, the sentiment and done!
Gold, ivory and green are one of my favourite colour combos for Christmas. I also love this poinsettia EB folder from SU when it's used with shiny cs like this ivory from Bazill. The gold on the sentiment circle was done using a gold leaf broad tip marker with a slit down the centre of the tip. I highlighted the star with my diamond glitter Jelly Roll pen and finished off the holly berries with red Stickles. TFL
I just love this Holly pp from Provo Craft. It is an old one that I've had for awhile and still had a little bit left. I stamped the Christmas flourish on the side with vintage photo dristress ink, and sponged the edges everywhere with it as well to give the card a little bit of a vintage look.
Silver and red together (especially with white, although this card doesn't have white) are another one of my favourite colour combinations for Christmas cards. The colours alone scream elegance. I stamped the poinsettia on the corner, embossed it with silver EB powder, and then cut it out around the edge. There is a layer of shiny silver cs on the inside for contrast. I stamped silver snowflakes on the present for a festive look and raised it up with 3D foam squares. I finished the poinsettia off with a little bit of silver and red glitter.
I didn't realize it until now, but this card has several different elements that represent Christmas. There are ornaments, snowflakes, a poinsettia and a Christmas tree covered in glitter! It's not very often that I am able to match pp from two different companies, but for this card I did. The snowflake pp is from Terri Conrad Designs' Winter Wonderland collection, and the ornament pp is from Scenic Route's Garland collection.