Tuesday 15 July 2014

Christmas card - upcycling again

The current challenge over at Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge is to 'glam it up' with sparkle, glitter, bling, shine etc. I used the lot after starting out with a Christmas card from last year's 'received cards' box:
 I used:

- 6" x 6" square cream card blank

- Christmas card front which was about 6" square until I trimmed it down a bit - shiny with gold sparkle on, a great starting point! To finish off the edge of the image I ran a Sakura Calligrapher 5.00mm gold pen around the edge - a trick I picked up whilst looking at a Joanna Sheen tutorial

- the red backing card I used is lovely deep red matt mirri card, just bought from Joanna Sheen's shop and it's called 'Red Velvet'. Not overly cheap at £2.49 for 3 sheets but really lush. Had actually bought it with die cut poinsettias in mind (as suggested on the website) so that would be more economical use in future 

- next was the sentiment, although me not daft and did it before assembling the card. Instead of sparkly embossing, I found a packet of lovely gold Papermania Glitteration's Sentiments hidden away - much to my delight!

- next I assembled the card and gawped at it for a while before realising that a touch of gold holly (Anita's Dimensions sticker) plus a few red blingy gems for the berries would sort of balance it more

- the one thing I'd forgotten to do was to run the gold pen around the edge of the Red Velvet backing card so I took a huge gamble, bearing in mind that the card was finished by then. As I use Collall glue there was just enough 'play' to allow me to slip a piece of paper just marginally underneath each side in turn for protection and to run the gold pen down the side of the red card. Not a perfect result - but what's a little wibble wobble on a hand made card :) Plus, it certainly taught me to always do that part first!

So there we have sparkle, glitter, bling and shine all together :) Plus, I'd like to enter this card into Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for July.

Len spotted the card on my desk and asked where I'd bought it (in the middle of July?!) - praise indeed though!



  1. THis is absolutely stunning Di! And to think it's a recycled card makes it even more special! I love the gold edging and spring of holly & berries! Well done!

  2. Me, I like touch of wiggle wobble on edging...sort of a distressed glimmer edge! If I wigle wobble, I just go back over the other edges and wobble once on each one too...then it looks as if i planned it. I do the same with inked edges! lol

    Great upcycled card. It was our week to upcycle!

    I really love the gold holly border...so shiny and beautiful!

  3. Wow Di this is gorgeous, love how you have finished the edges with the gold pen and the holly sprig looks great!! xx

  4. Another lovely card for the Christmas collection. They say we learn by our mistakes LOL!!

  5. Beautiful card Di and I love sparkly and blingy Christmas cards ...I think its great to up cycle any cards...


  6. Gorgeous card, Di - thanks for sharing for both of my CHNC challenges - hope to see you again soon. x

  7. What a great idea..love how you added all the sparkle! Perfect for a Christmas card!

  8. Fabulous upcycling! Thought I left a message already but must have deleted it...or put it on the wrong post.

    I do try to get round all the playmates. I know most of the ladies now and it is fun to drop by and see what they have created.

    Sometimes life gets busy and I only get one row visited...but I do try to visit everyone. I also visit everyone at Rudolph Days.

    Again, there are a lot of the same ladies participating.

  9. Hello there Di,

    This is a beautiful card! How smart of you to use cards from the previous year. I don't send out many so don't receive many.

    Hope you and Len are doing well.


  10. Gorgeous card Di, definitely glam! There's something very luxurious about red and gold together which really draws the eye. Len is clearly a man of taste :) Hugs, Elizabeth xx

  11. Fantastic creation and brilliant up-cycling, love the gold holly and the sentiment.
    Thanks for you lovely mail and very well done you, I am very proud of you.

    Kath x

  12. Gorgeous card Di loving the sparkle and great image to recycle xx

  13. This is beautiful Di, I love the red and gold, and the blingy image, perfect for recycling.
    Jean x

  14. I likie. Wibbly wobbly and all! Great card there.

  15. It is gorgeous! Yourself, Mrs A and Hettie are fabulous upcyclers! It's a lovely card and anyone will be happy to receive it. Couldn't see a wobbly line and I won't look back at it now. Your email had me laughing a lot, lol! Have a good rest of the week, hopefully no idiots/twatts/twits allowed Karen xx

  16. Oh, my, this looks like a treasure chest! The gold holly and Merry Christmas sets it off beautifully! Thanks so much for the birthday greetings! You helped to make my day special!

  17. This is definitely glammed up! Nice and sparkly!!

  18. Gorgeous and sparkly!

    Thanks for joining us at Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra.

    Helen x


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