Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Holly topiary ball Christmas card

Aware that my target of 12 Christmas cards per month is slipping, I whipped up a couple of quick cards to at least achieve the end of May total:
I used:

- 6" x 6" white card blank, the front of which which I then embossed using the largest die from the Lil' Inkers 'Stitched Rectangles' set and then trimmed the card down to size (4.25" x 5.5")

- image from the now discontinued LOTV 'Festive Foliage' Art Pad, die cut using the next size down die from the 'Stitched Rectangles' set

- my first attempts at stamping a sentiment in the top left hand corner smudged on both panels, ack! Basically, the most used stamp in my Personal Impressions 'Many Greetings' set has gone all floppy and over-flexible, sigh

- so, instead used a stamp from the Paper Smooches 'Christmas Sampler' sentiments set (love this set!) and a 'Coffee Bean' Brilliance ink pad on some of the plain white card trimmed from when I made the card blank

- then punched it out using SU's 'Modern Label' punch and glued it in place

- glued the image panel onto the card blank

- added a Josy Rose nail head at either end of the sentiment strip

I was quite upset about the original stamp I wanted to use going 'all peculiar' on me - despite being cared for, never used with solvent based inks, always carefully cleaned after use and stored away in the dark. But, the set is many years old and has been really well-used so it owes me nothing. Luckily, I found a supplier who still stocks this much loved set - phew :)

Di
x

20 comments:

Pat said...

This LOTV image is really pretty Di and your second go at the sentiment is great and the colour matches with your image beautifully. Glad you were able to replace your favourite stamp set. x

Liz said...

Super card, with a lovely image. Pleased to hear you managed to find a stockist to replace your floppy stamp, Di. xx

Glennis said...

Love the card Di, I still have not started properly on mine

Kath said...

A great card Di - love the image and the stitched rectangle dies add the perfect frame.
Kath x

Jane said...

What a lovely card Di..glad you could replace your much loved stamp x

brenda said...

Gorgeous card Di, apols for the short comments but typing is a challenge with this relapse.

B x

Donna said...

Beautiful image, Di. Looks lovely on the clean white background :)

SARN said...

I'm guessing the over floppy stamp was a photopolymer one as I've had a few OLD ones do that to me or tear as I pull it off the carrier sheet. They go sticky or squidgy over time no matter how well you look after them, glad u found a replacement.

Cute card by the way! !!

Di said...

Yup! It was a very old photopolymer stamp. Had the texture of a squishy jelly baby! X

!neke said...

Just beautiful Di !
Great image !

scrAPpamondo said...

Oh, such a lovely topiary!!! Really adorable! Your CAS is wonderful with it and the stitched layers!

Carol L said...

I just love this whimsical little topiary card, especially with it's tiny polka dot bow and funky-font sentiment! Cute card, and so glad you found a new stamp of this great image!

Juls said...

Very stylish xx

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I'm quite fond of topiaries. This is a lovely card. I'm shocked, shocked, about the death of your greeting stamp. That's such a sadness.

Kathleen said...

Gorgeous image and even though it is an old one I have not seen it before. Like the idea of using the holly for this type of image.
I too am way behind on my plans for cards for Christmas, so you are not on your own, don't panic.

Kath x

Kathleen said...

I don't know what is gong on but for some reason I have started to get a mail to say that my message to you can not be delivered but it is there, I also get this with Kanda.
Also at the moment I can not send e-mails, I can receive but not send.

Kath x

Sue said...

I'm way wayyyyy behind on my Christmas cards Di lol xx I will have to make a start soon...this is so lovely and I love those paper smooches stamps! huggles Sue xx

Cara said...

Fab card, why did they discontinue those image pads, they were fabulous! Sorry to hear that your stamp died, but pleased to hear that you can replace it. Cara x

Sandra H said...

Hi Di......Just love this its a fabulous design x

Mrs A. said...

Well saved. I hate it when that happens. The image looks really good being edged with that stitching die. I'm behind with christmas cards too. Hugs Mrs A.