Last week, panic began to set in about achieving my Christmas card making target in time. I may still fall back on a few shop bought cards but whilst rootling through a box of ancient Christmas toppers etc. - I came across some mulberry paper poinsettia flowers in a little packet. They needed to be layered up though, so were put aside as a 'possible'.
And then, rootling a bit further in the same box, I came across some gold 'curled hunting horn' die cuts - literally dating back to many years ago! This was long before I had a die cutting machine, in fact back then I'm not sure if I'd even heard of being able to cut your own dies!
They were sold by Kirsty Wiseman when she owned 'Dies to Die For' before Tracey took over - and at the time I bought quite a variety of ready cut dies from Kirsty (the 'Three Wise Men' silhouettes were fabulous). And so, this card, along with four other ones exactly the same, was born:
- 4" x 4" square white card blank
- then die cut a smaller square of white card, using a die from The Works 'Stitched Squares' die set
- cut a square piece of dark green card, just a little bigger than the die cut white square
- assembled the flowers with the green leaves behind using Collall All Purpose glue and the last of a Papermania's 'petal pouch' called 'A Silent Night'. Looking at the small print on the packet. the green leaves are meant to be holly leaves - hey, ho (or should that be 'tally ho? - snigger)
- now I could work out the placement of the sentiment before sticking everything down, using the Misti, Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and a stamp from the Paper Smooches 'Christmas Sampler' set
- glued the green layer to the back of the white 'stitched layer' and popped them onto the card front
- added the gold die cut hunting horn (it even came with some stitched detail - all those years ago) using Collall glue in a Woodware fine tipped applicator
- topped the horn with the flower and leaves
- finished off by adding three gold satin finish Josy Rose nail heads to the centre of the flower
I spent ages looking online to see which way up a hunting horn would be displayed (as opposed to held when giving a good old 'toot'). Looked like it doesn't matter so I went with how I thought suited adding the sentiment and the flower.
I wouldn't know which end was up, Di, so to me your horn looks beautiful this way with the pretty poinsettia and sediment! The holly leaves work great!! Hugs, DarnellReplyDelete
Very pretty card. Isn't it nice to find something in your stash and be able to use it? I wouldn't know which way the horn should be placed either. So, we're going to all say you have it perfectly! [Bunny]ReplyDelete
What a lucky find and a pretty card you made! XxxReplyDelete
so pretty :)ReplyDelete
Hi Di, a beautiful Christmas card, love the traditional colours with the gold horn... which way up, which ever way it fits... have a wonderful week... MeganReplyDelete
It's an extremely elegant Christmas card Di and always love a Poinsettia.ReplyDelete
A fabulous card and a great way of using some of your 'ancient toppers'!ReplyDelete
Brilliant festive make with your lucky finds.ReplyDelete
hugs, Sarn xxx
What an elegant design Di...fab card xxReplyDelete
It is great when you come across some really useful items amongst the 'stuff' which we all accumulate and can't bear to throw out. Good that you now have more Christmas cards made.ReplyDelete
Five more cards for the box Di, you're doing really well, and this design is so pretty with the bright red of the poinsettìa and the golden horn, and I love the design of the sentiment too. xReplyDelete
A lucky find! It's cool when you can use old stuff to make a card - especially a gorgeous one like this! The holly leaves look cool - who would know? Perfect sentiment too. Hugs xxxxxxxReplyDelete
Great design Di - whichever way up the horn should be!!!ReplyDelete
It seems panic is a frequent companion of many crafters at this days. But until hollidays everything will become in order. Your card is awesome.ReplyDelete
Beautiful card, and even these 5 beat me. I've STILL not started! Eeeek!ReplyDelete
Your card it's so elegant and really festive!ReplyDelete
So pretty Di and creative is your card xReplyDelete
What? You are panicking? I've 5 done! Congrats on setting goals and accomplishing them.ReplyDelete
Brilliant card, great dies and sentiment.ReplyDelete
I am on to next years cards now, is that sad or what?
What a wonderful find Di, they make gorgeous cards.ReplyDelete
oh this card is gorgeous.
I love your wonderful design and your always pay so much attention to your details on your cards.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.
Great design and brilliant to use up some old stash xReplyDelete
Wonderful use of found treasures. Reminds me of when I first started to buy die cuts from Ebay before I even considered one of those expensive machines. (I now have 3)ReplyDelete
Whichever way up it should be, your card looks great!ReplyDelete