Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Joy To The World

....... and a sigh of relief that finally am beginning to catch up with my plan to make 12 Christmas cards per month as I did last year.

This was a 'batch bake' of five cards, exactly the same:
I used:

- 4" x 5.75" white card blank

- the beautiful 'angel with harp' image, from the LOTV pre-coloured 'Christmas Angels' Art Pad was die cut using a 'Rounded Banner' die, by MFT

- then I stuck an A4 sheet of gold sparkly self-adhesive film onto a sheet of white card and using the 'next sized up' die in the MFT 'Rounded Banner' set, die cut the frame - then glued the image onto the gold frame

- a slightly smaller piece of the same white card stock I'd used to make the card blank, embossed using a Cuttlebug 'Swiss Dots' embossing folder - leaving some flat space for the sentiment at the bottom

- stamped the sentiment using Memento 'Northern Pine' dye ink pad and a stamp from the Creative Expressions 'Joy To The World' stamp set

- next I added an embossed line above and below the sentiment. Easiest way to do this is to score the lines gently onto the front of the card so you can see what you're doing then flip it over and score firmly along those lines from the back so they sit up proud

- glued the white panel onto the card front

- added the angel in gold frame image, using  thin sticky pads. I did try glue at first but the raised Swiss dots weren't having any of it :(

The Swiss Dots folder is perfect for partially embossing a card front or panel. I used it sideways on and then, to add a couple more rows of dots, just moved it down making sure it was perfectly settled in place on the embossing folder and then embossed those additional two rows from the bottom of the piece of card.

And a stroke of luck, the current challenge over at Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge this week is 'Use green - a little or a lot'. I used green to stamp the sentiment and the image also has a little bit of green holly and ivy in it.

And, I'd also like to add this into Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for April, where it's always 'Anything goes'.

Di
x

25 comments:

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Such a sweet and lovely card. Di! If you need some stimulus to make Christmas cards - come over to Muse Christmas Vision and play along with us! I would love to see your creations over there!
http://musechristmasvisions.blogspot.ca/

Valerija said...

Very pretty card. Love the image.

Eemeli said...

12 Christmas cards per month. Wow, that would make the total off 144 Christmas cards every year. That sounds like a lot :) Do you have a place where you sell them or do you send that much by yourself?

Lovely creation. Very beautiful image and a harmonic overall.

Hugs,
Eemeli

SARN said...

Simply gorgeous Xmas cards. Great split embossing.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Kath said...

A beautiful card Di - I love the LOTV art pads and this one is really cute.
Kath x

Jane said...

She's a beauty Di. ...Gorgeous card. I'm one of those crafter's who really struggles to make Christmas cards pre September. ..lol. I manage s Christmas in July but that's about it!xx

scrappymo! said...

Great use of that rounded banner die. I hope I can remember this as it has made a lovely shaped topper!

Your angel is so pretty and I really like the way you make you EF cover the page.

meg said...

Beautiful card Di simple and elegant and so Christmassy

KandA said...

Wonderful card Di. Love the shape you got with the banner die and it looks super against the embossed background.
12 cards a month.... I'll be lucky to do 12 cards in the year at the rate I'm going xx

Carole said...

Great card DI...lovely design, I like the arch window effect and of course the LOTV topper. By the way...for those of you so ahead with your Christmas cards...we (royal we) that haven't made any have decided its Christmas next week for you that have!! lol......well you have to use them some how!! :)

Barb said...

Your card is absolutely beautiful Di. I like how you've framed the lovely image and the sentiment on the unembossed area looks perfect. Great work. Barbxx

Pat said...

What a lovely LOTV image Di and I love the banner shape with the pretty gold glittery frame she is sitting on, and the swiss dots in the background with the embossed edged space for the sentiment goes beautifully. x

scrAPpamondo said...

Wow! Really love so much this card! The angel is one of my favourite LOTV images and the golden frame is just perfect to show it! Love also so much the embossed lines above and below the sentiment, and the sweet embossed background! Amazing Christmas card!!

Cara said...

Love this card, the gold frame and embossing sets the Angel off perfectly. Cara x

Alison C said...

Wonderful image and the tip about gentle embossing on the right side will stop me getting it in the wrong place which i have many times! Always more to learn.

Kathleen said...

Gorgeous image and a great design, love the glitter round the frame.

Kath x

Sally H said...

Gorgeous cards, Di! I too haven't made a good start on Christmas cards yet. I need to get cracking as I have promised to do a craft fair later in the year and will need lots!

Lynne in NI said...

Beautiful card Di! That's a great idea to make 5 the same, I'm gonna start doing that :)

Janice said...

Your card is gorgeous Di, I love partially embossing the card too. I really like the rounded banner dies too, something to add to my ever growing wish list!
Well done for making so many Christmas cards already!
Janice x

Sarah said...

Your friends are so lucky to receive such beautiful cards, I have a friend who makes me one every Birthday and Christmas and I keep them all. x

Donna said...

Such a beautiful image, Di.
Lovely card. X

Pippa said...

Gorgeous card Di. x

Princess Judy Palmer said...

OOh! Pretty pretty with that glittered border.

Bonnie said...

What a beautiful card, Di! I love this sweet angel!

Hazel said...

Thanks for entering both of my CHNC challenges with your lovely crafting - hope to see you again soon. x