Stacy aka Twinshappy here on SCS asked me to be a Guest Designer for the SCS Christmas Fan Club Challenge for July - yay!! Thank you Stacy for having me on board. Come along and join us - and beat that last minute rush of trying to get all your Christmas cards done. You can see more details about the challenge here if you are a Fan Club Member: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/fo...l#post20225489
I made 2 cards for the challenge - one clean and simple and the other more layered. Please see my Gallery for my other Christmas Fan Club card.
My first card uses one of my favourite Christmas sets by Taylored Expressions: Wings of Joy. I stamped the image onto 140lb watercolour paper and coloured it with a mix of Lyra and Faber-Castell watercolour pencils and a paintbrush. I added some Cotton White Fun Flock mixed with fine glitter to the bird's hat using Tombow Monoglue, and some Kindyglitz Crystalina glitter glue to the bird's wing as well as the holly leaves and berries.
The gorgeous designer papers are by My Mind's Eye - 12 days of Christmas. I love, love, LOVE the colours in these papers - so pretty.
The poinsettia was made using the Layered Poinsettia dies by Spellbinders and my Big Shot. I used the 2 smallest dies for my flower then punched 3 circles from green glitter cardstock using a Carl CP-1 3/16" circle punch. The Spellbinder dies come with the berries dies but they are too big for when you just make a smaller flower. I bent the petals (technically, I think they are leaves) up to give them some dimension and used dimensionals for putting the flower together.
The bottom panel was punched using my old favourite punch - Fiskars Threading Water.
The grosgrain ribbon is by Dovecraft and the button which has had some sewing thread sewn through the holes, was glued on using Crafter's Pick Incredibly Tacky glue. I added Fray Stop to the cut edges to stop them from fraying.
The layers were trimmed using my Perfect Layers Tools. The red cardstock layer on the card base was trimmed to 1/16" and the green cardstock has been trimmed to 1/8".
Finished card size is 5-7/8" x 4-1/8" imperial or 150mm x 105mm if you are metric.