Monday 21 January 2013

Scandinavian Glitz

Somehow it feels right to be making Christmas cards while there's snow outside, even if it is eleven months to go.
This weeks challenge over at 52 CCT is the use of glitter and patterned papers, while Jingle Belles have a red and white Scandinavian feel so after a sift through the Christmas stash this is what I've managed to come up with. I found a lovely red ribbon from a box of chocolates (all eaten in the name of craft) so I can also enter Crafty Hazelnut's challenge to recycle.
I began by covering a square card with patterned paper. Then added a row of 3 mm high tack tape around the edge which I covered with red glitter, I've found this a cheaper way of adding a glitter border than using glitter card to mat with, plus I'm not covering up all that lovely glittery card in the middle.
The bauble is cut from red pearl card using a Spellbinder die and then run through an embossing folder before being sanded back to show the white core, (this is also a good way to hide any cracks that may appear in the red top layer). It is then mounted using foam pads.
The ribbon is stuck on with high tack tape because it has a textured surface, I also added a small length of Scandinavian style ribbon to the straight edge, again stuck on with high tack tape. The greeting is stuck on with thin foam pads across the bauble. The bottom corners looked a little empty so I have put on some red gems to give it a little more sparkle.
As requested in the 52 CCT Challenge I have decorated the inside with a bauble branch stamp in Distress Ink Festive Berries and added a small bauble to the front and back of the envelope in true 'Ruth' style! It really makes the whole card look so classy, thanks Ruth it's a great idea.
I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
52 Christmas Card Throwdown - Glitter, patterned paper and inside decoration
Jingle Belles - Scandinavian style
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Recylce something or use something free


  1. Oh my. What a fabulous card you have created from our recipe. I have the same stamp and never thought to use it inside - I will now! Love the recycled bow and Ruth will be happy to see a decorated envelope too! Thanks for playing along with us at 52 CCT this week

    Louise xx

  2. Hi, Rocky!!! What a gorgeous card--I adore that ornament and the inside ties in perfectly! Thanks for joining us at 52CCT! :) If you have some time, I'd love to see what you would make of our challenges at Inkspirational and Technique Tuesday as well! :)

  3. This is a delightful card - I like the way you've made the glitter border and also the stamp you've used for the inside of the card (one of my favourites) - thanks for entering both of my CHNC challenges - hope to see you again soon. x

  4. fabulous bauble bauble card. thanks for joining us @ CCAYr. x

  5. Rocky, this is wonderful! I love the Scandi feel & the popped up ornament with that red bow is so festive! I LOVE the image you stamped inside & you nestled the sentiment underneath perfectly!

    Yay, a decorated envelope too - FABULOUS! : ) As you say, classy - the deckle edged card adds a dash of elegance too! The recipient of this beautiful card & envelope will certainly feel special!
    Thanks so much for playing along with us at 52 {C}CT & I hope you join us again very soon! Ruth x

  6. Totally stunning - inside and out AND the envelope too - wow, I love it. Thanks for joining in this week at 52CCT - Jacqueline xx

  7. oh ♥WOW♥ what a gorgeous card! absolute perfection in every detail, as well as a GREAT take on our "red white & jule" theme at JINGLE BELLES and a terrific example of recycling too! love it!

    ps: let me know if you need additional assistance eating chocolates to obtain lovely ribbons... i am always here to HELP a fellow papercrafter!!! :)

  8. This is one case where the inside is just as pretty as the outside ... and the envelope is the cherry on top ... love the bow and fun embossing ... so very glad you joined us at jingle belles.

  9. Oooh Lala - what a gorgeous card Rocky!!! It's a stunner and I'm so glad you played along this week at 52CCT!


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