Thursday 27 October 2022

Rudolph Days Challenge October 2022

It's the latest Rudolph Days Challenge, over at ScrappyMo's - and here's my entry:

I used:

- 5.5" x 4.25" white linen card blank, tent style

- a very slightly smaller panel of Tonic 'Majestic Gold' pearlescent card

- then a slightly smaller again layer of patterned paper by Magnolia called 'A Christmas Story - Angels Calling'

- then die cut the holly sprig from a snippet of white card using Penny Black's 'Holly and Berry Branch' die - also die cut the berries area from a snippet of red card

- dug out what ended up as five lightish green small sized stamp pads - from SU and also Tsukineko then used a couple of small makeup blending brushes to colour the leaves

- coloured the 'twig' part of the die cut as well as the very parts where the leaves join the twig with a brown Zig marker and coloured the berries with a red Zig marker

- carefully fussy cut around the red die cut berries and glued that piece on top of the main die - it was a perfect match so really I hadn't needed to colour the berries, that was done in case I slipped up at all with the fussy cutting

- then glued the holly and berry die cut onto the card front

- added a Memory Box 'Christmas Fairy Dewdrops' embellishment to each holly berry

- die cut the sentiment using Tonic Studios 'Mini Moments Merry Christmas' die, one from a snippet of Majestic Gold card and the top layer from another snippet of the same red card I'd used for the berries. Then glued them together, before giving the finished sentiment a coating of clear Wink of Stella and giving it a short time to dry

- glued the sentiment in place using a glue pen - finished

Love how those berries shine in a muted way! There's some 'light bounce back' in the centres - but in real life it's not there). I fished the lovely 6" x 6" sheet of Magnolia patterned paper out of a box I rummaged around in about a week ago for the green and gold backing paper for the poinsettia cards I made. The contents date back to around 2008! There might be one or two sheets of the same paper still lurking in there for duplicates - but I know it's long been discontinued, sigh, a shame as it's such a gentle and soft pattern which makes a nice Christmas background without overly dominating the card. My quest is to try to checkpoint myself and see if there are more pieces of the same patterned paper to be used for duplicates - especially now that it's been made once. Always makes re-iterations simpler.

It was a first outing for the Memory Box dewdrops, as well as the Penny Black holly die, so I'd like to enter this into Darnell's NBUS Challenge #43.



  1. Such a classy Christmas card Di. Really lovely holly sprig and I love the background paper. The little dewdrops are a great embellishment. Very pretty altogether xxx

  2. Lovely card Di, I love the way the berries shine!

  3. Lovely card and I hope you find more of that great background paper - surprising just how long we tend to hoard things ... or is it 😉

  4. What an elegant card Di - love your 'berries', and that paper certainly makes a beautiful background

  5. How very beautiful Di, love the musical background, it's great going back and seeing old stuff and seeing it in a new and wonderful light! Love the holly and berries.

  6. How sweet and beautiful Christmas card, Di!! Love those red drops that enhance the berries, a true catch eyes!! And the musical note paper si awesome, always love seeing it on cards!

  7. This is very soft and pretty with the soft gold and the music paper in the background Di, and I love the die cut holly and berries in the soft green and the lovely red of the berries and sentiment..the bit of WOS on the sentiment is a great finishing touch. x

  8. Lovely card Di, beautiful music paper xxx

  9. Aww beautiful card Di, love your Holly sprig and that DP is so pretty! Can't believe it's 14 years old, must have been one of those 'save for special ' sheets 😉

  10. Love your card Di it's so elegant the holly & ivy is placed just right over the print so beautifully put togeather x

  11. Yipee Di, I've worked out, how I can leave a comment :-) Oooo what a fabby Holly die and I'm loving the background paper and sparkly sentiment, with my DT hat on, thanks for joining us at Rudolph Days Challenge this month, Luv Sam x

  12. The berries you have created on those holly clusters are stunning. I love the clear gems used like that. Now I want to rush and and make a similar card!

    Thanks for taking part in the October Rudolph Days Challenge.

  13. Traditional elegance at its finest Di! I love the soft background paper and it shows off your holly and glowing berries to perfection! Vicky x

  14. I'm so far behind blog reading, but trying to do a little catch up now. Glad I saw this card as it's truly beautiful! Love all the elements, Di!


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