Monday, 24 July 2017

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

I have Christmas cards everywhere at the moment and
it's a good feeling too ... less stress come November.

I measured the stamp and cut some 3" x 4 1/4" panels to stamp them on.
I aligned the stamp with a panel in my MISTI and started stamping.

I stamped the panel with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink (Copic friendly) and zapped it with my heat gun to make sure it was completely dry.  Then came the Copic marker colouring to give the ornaments a pop of colour and dimension.  I finished them off with a luscious coating of sparkle with a Wink Of Stella clear glitter brush.

I matted the image panel with black cardstock,
giving it a 1/2" border using my Perfect Layers Ruler.

I die cut the dimensional bow (Winnie & Walter) in white cardstock and shaded with yellow (Y-YR) Copic markers to match the ornaments, adding Wink Of Stella sparkle to them too.  I die cut bundles of pine broughs (Cottage Cutz) in black cardstock, then layered them all together with the image panel on the card base.  I popped the bow in place with a foam dot.

Here are a couple of close-up pics to show the sparkle,
detail and dimension of the image and embellishments.

Lucky last came some little bells.  I threaded each one with metallic black thread, knotted them together then secured them around the bow, moving some of the pine needles to have them dangle neatly.  These "true" bells make a delicate tinkle as they move too.


Stampendous - Pine Ornaments Cling Rubber Stamp
X-Press It - A5 Blending Card
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
heat tool
Copic markers - Y000-00-11-15 + YR23-24-27
Wink Of Stella Clear Glitter Brush
American Crafts - textured cardstock - black
American Crafts - textured cardstock - white
Perfect Layers Ruler - 1/2" border to the image panel
Sizzix Big Shot
Kaisercraft Release Paper
Winnie & Walter - bow - Take A Bow Cutaways
Cottage Cutz - dies - Spruce Stems
Helmar 450 Quick Dry Liquid Adhesive - to adhere layers
Helmar Acid Free Professional Glue - to adhere bow elements together
Tombow Mono Multi Adhesive - to adhere the pine broughs
foam squares - to adhere the bow
Arbee - True Bells - 10mm
black thread - to secure the bells


Don't forget to hop on over to my The Stencil Specialist Blog Hop post for your chance to win the awesome prize pack - good luck!

I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):

Fabrika Fantasy - Challenge #11 - Christmas In July
I have rotated the sketch 180 degrees
Happy Little Stampers - HLS Christmas Challenge - A/Goes optional twist Die Cuts
Happy Little Stampers - HLS July Anything Goes with Dies Challenge
Pile It On - Challenge #132 - Primary Colors and/or Something Beginning With "S"
my card is filled with GOLDEN YELLOW, SPARKLE and SHINE
Sasayaki Glitter Challenge Blog - July Challenge - Your Favourite Colour Combo
Bold black & white with a pop of colour is one of my favourite combos,
today it is black and white and golden yellow

Scrapbook Stamp Society Challenge Blog - Challenge #121 - Anything Goes
with option Monochrome
SheepSki Designs - Challenge #4 - Square Cards
There are stars on the ornaments and background
Star Stampz - Christmas In July Challenge
Tuesday Throwdown - TT352 - Tic Tac Toe
my line is Christmas - Sparkle - Bells



  1. Oooooooh !!! That is so GORGEOUS. Amazing colour choice and layout and I love the added gloss :-D xxxxxx

    1. Thank You Ike :)
      It is amazing how magical it became when I added the Wink Of Stella sparkle to the "golden" Copic marker combo.

  2. Fabulous cards with these stamps xx Jan

  3. Wow, this is gorgeous! Fabulous image and wonderful colouring! Thanks so much for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches.

  4. This is gorgeous! I love the simple elegance-even though I know it certainly wasn't simple to make.

  5. Wow, what a beautiful Christmas card... I love the non traditional colors. Thank you for joining us for the QKR Stampede challenge.

  6. Oh, my... the gold is so luxurious, and the bold black ma absolutely striking. Thanks for joining us at the QKR Stampede - Anything Goes challenge (option - up, up and away) this week. Dorothy S, DT member

  7. Gorgeous card, well deserving of a Top 3 position at Tuesday Throwdown Challenge. Thanks so much for playing. Debi DT

    1. Thank You Debi :)
      WOW - Top 3 - SUPER EXCITING news - Thank You for choosing me and letting me know!

  8. Loving the colours Tracy!! So clean and elegant...beautifully done...thank you for sharing with us at Scrapbook Stamp Society...good luck!
    Take care,

  9. Adorable Christmas card!!Thanks for joining us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.Good luck and hope to see you again.Gr.Kaija Dt-member

  10. Wonderful card!! Love the color combo. Good Luck with your entry.
    Thank you for joining us at Making Memories Crafting
    Saba DT
    My Blog - Creative Paper Boutique

  11. Just beautiful! Love the image.
    Thank you for sharing with us over at SheepSki Designs Challenges and best of luck with your entry.

    Mary DT Member for SheepSki Designs...

  12. Gorgeous card, love the color combo! Thank you for joining the challenge at Star Stampz! We hope to see you again!
    Sherry x - DT for Star Stampz
    Loose Stitches and Unraveled Threads – My personal Blog

  13. such a beautiful card, great use of your dies
    thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers
    Barb Housner (DT)

  14. I'm so taken with your card. Adore the colours and the placement of the different elements. One very elegant and classy looking card. Thanks for sharing with the HLS Christmas Challenge.

  15. WOW! But a stunning card. I love baubles.
    Thank you for joining us at HLS Xmas.
    BożenA DT HLS


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