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by Julie Brooks

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Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Merry and Bright

Hello everyone

I hope you are well on this sunny autumn day? Not so sunny over on the East Coast of America right now. I really feel for everyone caught up in the path of Hurricane Sandy and can only pray for everything to return to normal for them as quickly as possible once this dreadful hurricane exhausts itself. I believe it's heading towards Toronto in Canada among other places. We have family there so I am thinking of all of them right now and hope they manage to keep safe as it passes over them.

Meanwhile I have a pretty Christmas card to share with you.


This card started out as my little bit of playtime yesterday afternoon with a stencil which I've had for over two years and not used until yesterday! It's a design by Nellie Snellen called LD003 Christmas Tree and is one of four in a range called Lines and Dots (hence the LD bit on the code I suppose!). It's quite big (this is a six inch card). So, having rediscovered the stencil while gathering all of my Christmas themed bits and pieces together, I decided to have a play with it. I took some green pearlescent card and embossed the design onto it using my Big Shot. The embossed design itself was quite pleasing but I wanted something with more impact because I knew I wanted it to be the focal point of a card. So I placed the stencil over the embossed image, fixed in place with some low tack tape, and then carefully inked in all the spaces using Ranger Adirondack Lights Snow Cap. When I removed the stencil I was thrilled with the image left behind, and even more impressed with myself because I had managed to line the stencil up perfectly over all of the embossed lines! So, I now had a beautiful swirly white embossed Christmas tree, but that still wasn't enough, so I added some dots of Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue in Gold, Silver and Xmas Red to provide colour and sparkle. Finally I was satisfied with my Christmas Tree. Now to make up the rest of the card ..... but I ran out of time yesterday so it sat on my desk all night!

Fast forward to this morning and first job on my list - put that lovely Christmas tree onto a card! I wanted to give this beautiful tree a bright background without it overpowering the tree design, so the first thing I did was matt my tree onto some red pearlescent cardstock, which provided a lovely red frame for it. Then I found a gorgeous multi-coloured snowflake pattern paper in a pack I picked up quite recently. The pack is by Dovecraft and contains something like 48 sheets of 8" x 8" designer patterned papers (4 of each design). They are all so colourful and bright and full of festive cheer - perfect! So, I cut the paper to the right size in order to leave a narrow border around the edges of the card and before I finished fixing it in place I wrapped some red organza ribbon around, which I tied in a bow on the front, off to one side. The bow took an absolute age to tie because the ribbon is quite wide and very smooth, but also frays easily if pulled around too much, and also I'm not very good at tying bows! Anyway, what felt like a lifetime later I finally had a bow I was happy with! I fixed my lovely tree onto the card offset to the right with a narrow border on the right and the bottom so you can just see a hint of the patterned paper there, and the top is just tucked underneath the ribbon.

The finishing touches were a little message which was cut from a larger one from Craftwork Cards, and a lovely Christmas tree charm which I bought from Ribbon Girl, and which only arrived this morning - perfect timing, and I hung this from the ribbon using some red twine. It provided the perfect finishing touch.

a close up of the lovely Christmas tree charm
So, I hope you like my card. Would I do anything differently another time? Well, yes, there's always another way of doing things - but that will have to wait for another playtime!

This post has been a little long winded but you know how much I like to tell you about how I've made things, so I hope you've enjoyed it.

Thanks for visiting, take care and I'll be back soon.

Love from me xx