Tuesday 13 December 2016

Christmas Cards by Four

This first card I have used one of my favourite Christmas tree stamps, this time gold embossed on black. I made a few of these last year and this year, I just love the look. Sadly I am nearing the end of the gems I used here and for the life of me I cant remember where I got them. They just work perfectly with this tag.

Anyway the smaller black tag is on a larger version of the same tag in white and that
wonderful die cut 'joy' finishes it off perfectly. The stamped sentiment was cut down from the same sentiment, just removed the 'Joy' stamped word.
Added to a white card base and joined the two tags together with a piece of gold ribbon.

Here I have another Christmas card not following traditional colours. I am really
loving all the beautiful soft colours being used out there in blog land. The beautiful soft pinks
and pale lilacs etc just cry out to me.

This little Cutie is Santa's helper and most of you will recognise him as a Mo's Digital 
Pencil image and he looks super trendy in his mint and purple
outfit. Finished him off with Kindy Glitz. I actually coloured him during Kathy's 30
Day Colouring Challenge.

I die cut a rectangle from the purple card stock and added the image from inside. I played
around with lots of ideas for the outside of the card but decided I liked (love) the layered
'Joyeux Noel' from Stamplorations which is cut from a pale lilac mirror cardstock and 
felt that was enough.

This third card belongs to a set of cards I made using this present die cutout. This wonderful little set was sent to be by Barb from Barb's Studio Creations (if you haven't been to Barb's blog go check it out, so much wonderful inspiration), last year cut out in a number of different colours of mirror cardstock and held in place by that wonder item (Press n Seal). 

I had mentioned loving the look of the die and she kindly sent me some to play with. It was too late for Christmas last year but great for this year.

I swapped outlines with the negatives so I got a bit of variety.

In this instance it was cut from Neenah cardstock so I decided to
colour with my copics starting dark and getting paler at the top. I even decided to add
glue to the outline and add some gold glitter (not so great as I found it very hard to get it to stay on
as you can see in the photo here but looks ok IRL.

Now I know that your not use to me doing splatters on my cards, being something I worry
will just overwhelm my card. Well I ended up deciding it just had to be done. Why???
Well I ended up with little flicks and splats and streaks of glue peeking out everywhere
on these cards. For each piece I glued down I managed to touch a spot and leave a mark.

Not that obvious but too obvious to me. So I got out my golds and a silver in my  Silks paints,
added lots of water and picked up with my small brush and just flicked. I was very pleased
and surprised with the end result.

Thank you so much Barb for the die cuts they went off with my cards for the Caring Hearts 
Card Drive and I totally enjoyed using them.

Lets see if I can find a Challenge or two for these cards.

I'm going to add two cards here to the challenge : The black and white and gold
'Joy to the World' and Santa's helper Joyeux Noel purple card. 
(I finally know how to add two cards to the same challenge without having to do additional posts).

My presents card 'Joy' red ombre colour and My Joy to the World
Black and White  and gold card.

Joyeux Noel Elf and Toy purple card

Black & White & Gold tag
Joy to the world

Purple card with little elf

Joy Card with tag. Black White and Gold

Purple card with the elf and Joyeux Noel,
I think I would have to say my favourite die
cut this year.

Thank you so much for coming to have a look and I hope you come again soon.


Anonymous said...

these are all beautiful aileen! i love the gems on the tag card and the mirri sentiment! thank you so much for playing along with us this month at penny black and more!

happy holidays,

Cathy said...

Wonderful cards Aileen, gorgeous variety! Cathy x

sandie said...

Super collection of cards. I love how you used gems for your first card, a fab vintage look. Thanks for joining AAA

Mrs A. said...

Oh gosh Aileen, he is one cute Elf. Beautifully coloured. Wouldn't like to swap him wih the pesky one I have here would you? thankyoy for fluttering by my challenge. hugs Mrs A.

Mac Mable said...

What a fabulous collection of cards. Thank you for sharing these beauties x said...

Ahh I love your entry to our challenge at Addicted To Stamps Challengeblog. The cute little elf is beautiful coloured in gorgeous colours. The little hint of sparkle makes it a festive card.
Thank you for joining the challenge at Addicted To Stamps Challengeblog.
Greetings Miranda (dt-ATSC)

BożenA said...

What an amazing set of cards! Golden tree is so elegant on a black background. But most of all I love this little rascal. So beautiful you used color, it looks like the picture! It's amazing.

Greta said...

These are all beautiful, Aileen! I see why you like that tree & it's so gorgeous on black!

aussie aNNie said...

Gorgeous cards, all are amazing.xx{aNNie}

Kylie said...

All these cards are beautiful, Aileen. Plenty of inspiration here! Thanks so much for playing along in my 12 Days of Christmas Cards challenge xx

Viv said...

Love them all Aileen, very clever using the flicks of colour too......must remember that one ;) Viv xx

Lynne in NI said...

More fab Chrissy cards! Great job with your splatters - I use that technique often when a card needs 'something' :)

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Fabulous cards! Please link to your card post and not to your blog. Makes it too difficult to find it. Thanks for playing with us at HLS Anything Goes with Dies and Happy Holidays to you!

The Sparkly Fairy said...

What beautiful cards! I hope you had a lovely Christmas. Thank you so much for joining us at HLS Anything Goes With A Die.

Emma - DT

Deepti Aggarwal said...

Beautiful each one of them ..Gift one is my fav..Thank you so much for joining us at HLS Anything with dies.I wish you great new year ahead..Hugs xx Deepti Aggarwal.

Helen Gullett said...

Beautiful cards! They are merry and festive. Thank you for playing along with HLS December Anything Goes with Dies!