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Tuesday, 25 December 2012


Wishing Everyone a Happy & Peaceful Christmas & New Year

front of card
angled close-up showing sparkly 'grounding' plus
 dimension of reindeer 
angled close-up showing sparkly 'grounding'
plus dimension & shine of tree
close-up showing pearlescence & sparkle of
 snowflakes against textured matt white cardstock
inside of card

The background was made following Heather Telford's sponging tutorial except that I used ColorBox pigment inkpads instead of Memento dye inkpads. The silver star is a sequin & the snowflakes were punched out of pearlescent paper some years ago using a punch that has since found its way to the metal & plastic recycling centre. The crystal gems decorating the snowflakes were from stash.

The reindeer & the tree are from the retired 'Traditional Christmas' sheet of Chocolate Baroque stamps. The reindeer was stamped in VersaFine Vintage Sepia, coloured with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils blended using a dry paper stump & then cut out & shaped prior to mounting. The tree was stamped in VersaFine Olympia Green, wet embossed with clear embossing powder, then also cut out & shaped prior to mounting. Silver Ice Stickles Glitter Glue was used to 'ground' both the images & create a semblance of icy snow.

Since the card was made for a gentleman the inside was plainly decorated using navy & textured matt white cardstock with decorated corners (Xcut star punch & Woodware corner rounder).

Challenges Entered


Sally H said...

That is really beautiful, Paula. I love it. The sponging looks perfect,c and I love the stamps you used. too bad they are retired! Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month for our Treemendous challenge and good luck!

Sally H said...

Whoops! Meant to say have a very merry Christmas, Paula! Thanks so much for all your lovely comments over the past year x

Miranda said...

Hi Paula, lovely Christmas wintery card! Yes, the tutorial of Heather is very clear mm? You did a good jo with it, thanks for your warm comments and hope to 'see'you again in 2013! Let's inspire each other! warm greet Miranda

Elaine said...

Gorgeous clean and sharp work Paula, I have also been very inspired by Heather's work. Great shading, super combination of elements and colouring. I am sure this card was much appreciated by the recipient. Hope you have had a peaceful day. Elaine x

jackiescrafts said...

Happy Christmas to you too Paula
This is a gorgeous card

Jackie x

Aquarius said...

Beautiful card and the dimension achieved with the tree and reindeer is great. Hope you had a good day.

brenda said...

A really beautiful winter scene Paula. a little bit different for you and perfectly put together.

Hope you had a lovely Christmas Day and enjoy the remainder of the festive season.

Thanks also for sharing your lovely card with us at Stamping Sensations.

B x

brenda said...

Oooops, and Penny Black and More !

B x

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful card Paula ! Love the background scene that you created, such great work with the sponging. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wishing you a Happy, Healthy & Creative 2013 ! Shirleyx

PCM said...

Gorgeous work - as always. A Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you my dear friend.

veronica said...

gorgeous scene Paula, and beautifully done as usual. Hope you both had a very happy Christmas, and that New Year will be very happy and healthy one.

pinky said...

Beautiful card Paula. Love the scape behind. Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations.

linda said...

beautiful! you've done a lovely job creating the background, which gives the card so much dimension and i love the snowflakes. thanks so much for playing along with us at penny black and more this month.

Lynne K said...

Superb scene, Paula! Love the snowflakes and all the sparkle. A very happy Christmas and New Year to you too, and thanks for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations.


Elizabeth Allan said...

Paula this scene you have created is magical. What caught my eye is the way you layered the elements in the scene which added to the depth of the sponged snowy background. The little details of the die cut snowflakes adorned with gems added sparkle yet fit the masculinity of the card. Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Very beautiful, you created a perfect wintry scene & I love the reindeer.

GinaA said...

Hi Paula, what a stunning background and I love the detail on your stamped images. Was sure that I had left a message on Boxing Day. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Leikkaan Mervi said...

Lovely scene, beautiful card!
Thank you for sharing at Penny Black and more challenge.
Happy New Year;-))m

Francesca said...

beautiful, thanks for joining us at Stamping sensations this month and good luck!


alexandra s.m. said...

Dear Paula,

Your card is fantastic! As a matter of fact, it is a lot more than "just" a card. Your attention to details is exquisite. I love your background and your fussy cutting is stunning. Great overall design as well. Okay my Friend I hop you have submitted it for publication because that's exactly where it belongs!!

Have a fantastic New Year's Eve!

Greetings from the Windy City!

Cathy A said...

Paula this is such a beautiful serene scene, the background snow is perfect and the sparkle accents add to the wintery effect beautifully. Love how you have added dimension with the tree and the deer too. Happy new year!

Rica said...

Hi Paula, I hope you've had a great Christmas and I hope you have a wonderful New Year!! I hope the scissors haven't been attacking your Hubster again!!!
Your card is beautiful, such a beautiful design - a wonderful background scene and perfectly created the images and so stunning glittering snow. I love the gem snowflakes borders.
Heather xx