Tuesday 22 October 2013

Sparkling Christmas Steam

      I have managed to make this weeks Christmas card already which I'm rather pleased about, last week was not so good so I have some catching up to do.
     I saw this Stampendous stamp a few weeks ago and thought my Dad would love this. The colour scheme is inspired by Here Come The Boys and the Bling by 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.
     I began by stamping in Archival Coffee on cream card, then I tore the edges and distressed them with Brushed Corduroy. The oval image panel has been covered with Stix2 double sided sheet and then covered with Glamour Dust Crystal to give it a snowy sparkle.
     I tried to stay with the brown and cream colour scheme but the holly just didn't look right, a tiny splash of Christmas colour lifts the whole thing too. I have used pearlescent chocolate card for the mat and embossed the edge with a small folder that came free with a magazine, I sanded it slightly and then coloured it with gold ink. The cream Poinsettia was cut with a Marianne die, distressed with brown ink and touched up with a gold pen before putting a cream pearl in the middle. It is all mounted on a cream card. As there are several layers to the card and the flower I'm also going to try joining 4 Crafty Chicks this week.
     It really looks better 'in the card', the sparkle doesn't come out well on camera despite trying many different angles. I hope I have used enough 'Bling' to qualify for the challenge, sequins and pearls aren't really my thing but I'm alright with glitter!
I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Here Come The Boys - Christmas in Brown and Cream
4 Crafty Chicks - Multiple Layers
CraftyHazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - Anything Christmas


  1. Hi Rocky, your card is so beautiful! I have just got this stamp and you have really inspired me to use it now. Love the colour tones you have used and that poinsettia is gorgeous. Hugs, Anne x

  2. A great Christmas card for a steam enthusiast - love it

  3. A super card for your dad the sparkle is just lovely! Thanks so much for playing along with 52CCT this week!

  4. Fabulous card!! Thank you so much for joining us this week at 4 Crafty Chicks for our "many layers" challenge!

  5. Waw really elegant and I just love the lovely gold poinsettia you added. Thank you for sharing with us at Here Comes The Boys Challenge.Hugs! MOjca

  6. Rocky, this is AMAZING! LOVE the vintage feel and I adore the way you've dressed up the image! Splendid! Thanks for joining us at 52CCT! :)

  7. Beautiful entry for CHNC challenge extra for October - love that stamp x

  8. oooohhhh lovely Rocky. I'm sure your Dad will love it - it's absolutely awesome. Thanks so much for joining us this week at 52CCT!

  9. Lovely vintage-feel card, blinged up- I amsure your Dad will love it. Perfect for the challenge at 52 CCT this week, thanks for playing

    Louise xx

  10. This card is GORGEOUS! I love the glitter technique! Great job. Thanks for playing at 52CCT this week.



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