Saturday 11 November 2017

Joy to the World and Seasons Greetings

I do one of these cards each year where I cut out the Joy sentiment then add the negative to
another layer that has double sided tape on it and I fill the negative with gems. Each year I do
different colours. This year I decided to go all red and white.

I love these gems and haven't been able to find them anywhere since buying them from Annabelle's
who was based in Australia and I still have quite a few in lots of different colours but my supplies are slowly diminishing. Especially when I do cards like this or my Christmas ball ones. If you look
closely at the gems you can see they are smooth half circles and have a wonderful sparkle to them.

I added white on the end of the 'j' and the 'y' because I didnt have reds that were small enough to fill those spots. I had cut the card a bit too big and it felt a bit empty even after adding the stamped sentiment so I added the die cut dove from Impression Obsession which I curved the wings on and added some distress ink (olive) and red dots to the branch. to finish it off and was happier.

This next card looks better IRL the dove is die cut from white glitter paper and looks so pretty but the photo just doesn't catch it. the 'Seasons Greetings' is from Stamplorations and is cut from metallic pink colour.

Again the photo just cant show the beauty of the card, you will just have to trust me on this.
It looks very plain but to me it is just perfect as is.  

This next card I have die cut the reindeer from bronze glitter paper and die cut a black stitched tag.
See that shine on the tag. I achieved that by painting with an old cheap paintbrush some 
'Reactive Mist' I bought to use with  my Minc and the foils. Originally I bought it as a spray as that is what it is advertised as but I didnt particularly like the effect and felt it was very limited in use. so I started playing around.

I made a pile of tags, different colours, used the brush and just slapped on the solution

here you can see I left it brushed looking on one side filled on the other, each tag was totally different.
Then all I had to do was lay the foil on and rub and lift. loved it, I used up lots of scraps.

I attached the tag to a white card base I made from patterned paper that has a glossy pattern in white on it. Finished off with a bit of red ribbon and a 'celebrate' die cut in gold mirror card.

Think I need one of those photo box's Ive seen on Amazon  but they don't send to Australia so need to find an alternative without spending a fortune.

Anyway thanks for coming to visit and I hope you come to visit again soon.

Challenges :

Joy to the World Card

Celebrate card with black tag

Joy to the world card -


Viv said...

Lovely cards Aileen.... I adore the die cut dove

Vicki Dutcher said...

I'm so frustrated with blogger! I am NO LONGER getting your posts! I sure wish I understood why~ Meanwhile - lots of pretty eye candy. Your Joy card is so fun with the lovely texture!

Marilyn said...

Beautiful cards! My gosh, the one with the 'Joy'... you almost want to reach out and touch it.

Cara said...

What a fabulous set of cards and how much patience have you got to add all those gems!

lostinpaper said...

These are wonderful Aileen! I am not sure exactly which gems you are talking about but Annabelles is still selling the 'Sprinkles' that I love too, she sells them through a store called 'Sprinkle Berry' and here is the link

Ruth said...

Oh my! How much sparkle!! Love it! But I really adore your tags. That hint of foiling on the black background is just so brilliant. A really nice modern twist on things. Xx