Wednesday 9 March 2022

Simon Says Stamp Merry & Bright Christmas card and Spellbinders foiled Peace on Earth Christmas card

Good morning everyone and welcome to another challenge over at ABC Christmas Challenges.

We have 3 themes for you to choose from or combine this time and they are

E for Embossing

F for Fussy and Fancy and/or 

G for Glitter

I have a little gift for the randomly selected winner

My first card is for embossing? and glitter

I had a few problems along the way when making this card, but I persisted and think I got away with it in the end. Feel free to skip the next bit if you don't want to hear how it twice nearly ended up in the bin!

I started by stamping a number of snowflake stamps from different sets with versamark ink and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder so it would form a resist for my inking. I then blended blue inks over the top and wiped off the excess ink from the snowflakes. Here I hit problem number one - the embossing was discoloured by the ink and the snowflakes looked very grubby. I decided to try the old technique of lifting off the embossing by putting some paper over and ironing on the top. This worked well and I now had whiteish snowflakes .... apart from where the iron got too hot and left a few darker marks. Not ready to admit defeat, I continued with the design and added the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp which covered the main browny mark, and then die-cut some snowflakes to add on top. Problem number two then showed up when the added snowflakes (cut from the same card I used for the base) looked much whiter and really out of place. As I had glued them down and was in danger of ruining the card if I tried to remove them, I decided to die-cut the snowflakes again from some vellum. I added some glue to the vellum snowflakes, sprinkled on some glitter, and when they were dry, I glued them over the top of the very white snowflakes to tone them down.

I'm not sure if this card now qualifies as embossed, but embossing happened and I'm not going through all that again lol!!!

My second card is for Fussy and fancy.

I used foiling on this card, which in my mind equals fancy. I foiled a lovely gold indented frame on the satin finish base card and then  die-cut a stitched rectangle from the same card. On this, I foiled the Peace on Earth sentiment using a Spellbinders hot foil stamp which includes those fussy flourishes. I finished off by adding some holly and berry sprigs to add a pop of colour, and used clear Nuvo Drops to give shine and dimension to the berries.

You'll find lots of inspiration over on the ABC Christmas Challenges blog, and I hope to see you in the gallery.

I'd like to play along at

Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge - anything Christmas goes

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - anything Christmas goes

Thanks for stopping b



Carol x


Witchcrafted Life said...

Extrodinarily beautiful wintertime greetings, Carol.

The first celebrates the cool, icy hues of the season and is all kinds of fun!

The second is the epitome of papercrafting elegance and is truly a timelessly gorgeous design.

Carole said...

Two lovely cards Carol and both so different. Interesting to read about your difficulties with the first one and reassuring that its not only me sometimes that struggles with things. A quick card is never that! You got there in the end and it looks fine. I am taken with the second card as I think it is is so classy with that beautiful gold hot foiling. You will be well ahead on the Christmas stakes this year! xx

Mac Mable said...

Well done you persevering with the first beautiful card. I love the icy look and feel to it and it is so very pretty Carol x. What a classy second one and love all the elegant foiling and also the gold frame x.

Sarah said...

What stunning cards Carol and you did an amazing rescue on the first one and the vellum snowflakes look gorgeous. I used to do the ironing technique a lot years ago, I remember seeing the technique done on Crafting Telly, I think the stamp company was Banana Frog...not sure why I remembered the name!! xx

Maria said...

Two gorgeous Christmas cards! Such a pretty snowflake card with lovely blue background! The second card is super elegant in gold and so pretty!

Sue said...

Beautiful cards Carole and great rescue job! hugs Sue x

Helen said...

Gorgeous cards Carol - your perseverence with the first card was definitely worth it!
Helen x

cotnob said...

Beautiful cards Carol, they are both lovely - well done for persevering.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Greta said...

Both cards are gorgeous! I really love the elegant cream & white card, but love the snowflakes card, too!

Brenda said...

Well Carol, you are going to hate me for this, but I'm glad to know that you struggled with your first card as I struggle a lot! lol So glad to know that even you amazing card makers struggle sometimes too. But your persistence paid off because this snowflake card turned out lovely! I love all your fixes, they just added to the beauty of the card. Your second card, my favorite, is stunning! It is indeed fancy looking, very elegant, very professional! The foil indeed makes it fancy to me too, I love that sentiment font/design-it's gorgeous and the added holly and berries just finish off this card perfectly. Hugs, Brenda

Dotty Jo said...

This is gorgeous, Carol! Such a pretty colour combo and I love that you rescued your card - we've all been there, Jo x

Fabiola said...

Que c’est joli et élégant Carol! Biz


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