Friday 7 November 2014

Less is More - non-traditional Christmas colours

The challenge over at Less is More this week is to use non-traditional Christmas colours on your Christmas card - and the challenge over at Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge is 'Sparkle'. So I combined the two with this card, which is also for Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra where it's always 'Anything goes':

I used:

- A6 white card blank

- a slightly smaller snippet of silver holographic card stock

- a slightly smaller again snippet of white card stock as the next layer

- the sentiment was stamped before I assembled any of the card, just using a stamp from Woodware's 'Large Patch Tree' set and SU's 'Pacific Point' ink pad

- an even smaller snippet of white card stock for the glittered trees. These were such fun to do and something different to the usual embossing although the technique is similar. I recently bought a pot of SU's 'Heat and Stick' powder and had been itching to have a play. This is how it goes. First of all you stamp your chosen image or sentiment using VersaMark and then sprinkle some SU 'Heat and Stick' powder over the stamped image/sentiment. I used a 'no-name pre-loved DoCrafts stamp with three squiggly trees on'. Then you gently heat it with a heat gun to make it go tacky before sprinkling glitter over (I used a bright fuchsia pink bought many years ago at a craft show) and then you reheat to 'set' it. I added a line of silver glitter in the same way, this time using my VersaMarker pen just to 'ground' the trees

- then cut out the image using a L'il Inkers Stitched Rectangle die and popped the rectangle onto the card using thin sticky fixers

A really fast card to make, once you gather up all the stuff needed - took me twice as long to clear the very fine glitter from everywhere though! Mind you, it's stuck fast to the card which is reassuring :) And it glitters beautifully but where I have to take my photos right now is a bit hit and miss with the lighting.

I think this technique would be great for glittering up sentiments, I did initially try it with the one I used today but it wasn't clearly defined enough for my liking so next time I play will use use a big and bold sentiment stamp to try out. Bet it could look really dramatic, without much else on a card to be honest! And, what a lovely way to glitter up stars and snowflakes too. BTW, my glitter is that really, really fine stuff!

Thankfully I made this card on Wednesday morning, yesterday was a wash-out and I was fit for nothing (except perhaps the 'knackers yard') all day. We had our flu shots on Wednesday afternoon and both suffered all day yesterday - still, better to be protected I guess. And I swear the nurse must play for the local darts team!



  1. This is such a great little card, and I love your tip for using Heat & Stick powder! The trees look so whimsical and cute! I've read that a swiffer dusting cloth completely clears away glitter down to the last speck!

  2. Di, Cool and Sparkly Christmas tree CAS card, love the idea!!!

  3. Very cool. Love all the sparkle!!!

  4. Loving the glittery trees :-) xx

  5. Hello Di

    Beautiful card, love those little sparkly trees with a perfect sentiment.


  6. A great card - I love your Christmas trees.
    Kath x

  7. A great card Di! Hope you feel better today. x

  8. Lovely card there Miss. Those trees are so darned cute.
    I am with you on the flu jabs and darts! I found the best time to go is 3.55 as there was no one there!

  9. I absolutely love your card Di.
    Hugs Veerle xxx

  10. This is lovely Di, I really love all the glitter and shine!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  11. Super duper card Di, thanks for sharing it. Lurve all that glitter and sparkle.
    Striking and classy.
    Less is More

  12. I love these sparkly squiggly trees they look great.
    Jean x

  13. I love this "less is more" card Di! It is so simple and beautiful which always grabs my eye! Hugs, Brenda

  14. Beautiful card for both CHNC challenges, Di - thanks for sharing xx

  15. This is a pretty sparkly card Di, and the heat up powder which goes sticky to take the glitter or perhaps gilding flakes is a great idea. I have only used flitter glue by Indigo Blue which I don't use much now because the glue makes such a mess of your stamps and you spend most of your time in the kitchen cleaning them up! Sorry you both had a reaction to the flu jab. DH says he is usually ok after his but did complain this year that he felt a bit under the weather for a day or two. Anyway, hope you are feeling better now. x

  16. Beautiful sparkly Christmas trees, Di.

    Love and hugs

  17. Hi Di,
    beautiful card today.
    Yes sometimes the clear up does take longer than the card.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  18. Snap! We had our flu jabs yesterday too but neither of us has had any after effect - for a change. I didn't even feel the needle go in ... our nurse knew her stuff :) Love those glittery trees - great card. The quality of light up here is abysmal now so, like you, I'm finding it difficult to photograph my creations ... oh how I hate winter :( Hugs, Elizabeth xx

  19. Just love this this card, those trees are fabulous, gorgeous card.

    Had my flu jab a couple of weeks ago and was absolutely fine and the week after had my pneumonia jab and again no problems, Hubby was not so lucky with either.

    Have a good weekend.

    Kath x

  20. did the nurse miss the bullseye then!! Di you card is just gorgeous x

  21. Am loving this design. That holographic mat is super stunning too. Your sticky powder worked terrific on the sparkles beautifully. Of course I love the stitched rectangle die as well. A nifty card, and looks like was fun to create too. TFS & Hugs

  22. Very glitzy. Love the squiggly trees!
    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  23. Beautiful, just beautiful. Very elegant too. I am slightly concerned about the mischief Mrs A is going to get into tomorrow. And she won't have a chaperone... xx

  24. Gorgeous and sparkly love it! And great sentiment!
    Thank you for your comment my lovely Di! I'll be sure to pop my little owl into the playground :-) mum love him! And the chocs - she's eaten 5 already! Hehe
    Talking of the playground I've just inked up my uptown girl Charlie! Oh I love her can't wait to get colouring tomorrow and start a card using her! :-) xx

  25. One hundred and eighty!!!! LOL
    Super shiny card Di, love the way you grounded the trees
    Sorry to be so late commenting this week, thanks so much for your LIM entry
    Less is More Designer

  26. Wat een leuke kaart met je kerstbomen erop, glimmend en wel. Bedankt voor je deelname bij CHCC Extra.

    Groetjes, Renate


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