Friday, October 2, 2015

Gold Noel Card with "Twinkle"

It's about time that I got in the mood for making Christmas cards! October weather has been beautiful, but chilly. A reminder that cold, frosty days are on the way. Our home remodeling project is far enough along that hubby moved my scrapbook tables and many shelves to our lovely new room so I have room to craft again.

Here's my second card using the White Pines paper pack and the CTMH October Stamp of the month, "Twinkle." Yesterday's Christmas card was bold, today's is softer, a little more vintage.

I heat-embossed the ornament as well as the sentiment on vellum with Princess Gold embossing powder. I attached the vellum with one glue dot on the left and covered it with a Cranberry clip from the new Fundamental Assortment. I also added a strip of gold shimmer trim on the left and under each of the corners of the frame. I wanted some texture on the frame but the ornament was attached waiting for some ribbon. I used an embossing folder a new way, similar to the way we used to use embossing plates. I taped two edges of the frame inside one side of a CTMH Damask embossing folder. I pressed the back side of the frame's cardstock into the design using a wide embossing tool, then inked the raised portion on the front using the light tan Cashmere ink. All of the other edges of the papers were also sponged with that ink.  The frame and ornament are from Cricut Art Philosophy, the doily is from Cricut Artiste, and the green Topiary bough (from Paper Fundamentals, Adventure) is from the new Cricut Artistry.

I altered the width of the Art Philosophy ornament and frame so it would match the ornament stamp, which was meant to go with one from Artiste.  Using Cricut Design Space, you can unlock an image and alter the width or height. I determined what it should be by covering it with the correctly sized Artiste ornament and adjusting the dimensions until the ornaments were the same size. I wouldn't have worried about that except I liked the two attached so I could tie a ribbon around the attachment.

I used the leftover scraps to frame the sentiment inside. I think it's one I printed last year from Laurie Wilson at Doodle Pantry. I always love her sentiments, especially the ones that share the joy and love of the message of Christ at Christmas!

Thank you for visiting. Next week I'll share cards using some of the other images in this stamp of the month: 

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
A Snowflake's Promise Challenge #6 - Christmas or winter
Aud Sentiments Challenge #141 - Christmas
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - Festive decor
Christmas Card Challenge #43 - anything goes
Crafty Boots - Gold or Silver
Crafty Cardmakers and more... #148 - make it sparkle
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - anything goes
Fab 'n' Funky Challenge #275 - Anything Christmas
Where the HeART is Challenge #1 - add some text
Word Art Wednesday #203 - anything uplifting


JoAnn said...

Pretty card. Love the sentiment. Thanks so much for joining us at Christmas Card Challenges.

~ginny said...

A lot of thought and time went into your creation - you have obviously paid a lot of attention to details! I enjoyed your description of using the embossing folder - appreciate your taking the time to explain your process. Nicely done Vickie! Thank you for sharing your project and creativity with us at Aud Sentiments for our Christmas challenge!
~ginny, Aud Sentiments DT
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Carole Robb Bisson said...

A totally beautiful card with so many wonderful details. Heat embossing is lovely. Thank you so much for taking time to post your very creative art with us this week at Word Art Wednesday in our 203rd AG challenge!
Blessings and Hugs, Carole

Dee's Craft Room said...

Fab card, I love how you embossed the bauble and added the glitter. I think all Christmas cards look better with a little twinkle. Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


coldwaters2 said...

This is absolutely gorgeous I really love the fabulous papers, colours and the card design a super make, thank you for joining our challenge at FAB 'N' FUNKY this week.
lorraine x

julie_woolston said...

A beautiful card love the elements and colours. thank you for joining us at CCM&M.
Hugs Julie xxx

Sue U said...

Great card!! Thanks for joining in with our sparkle challenge at Crafty Cardmakers and More... good luck and hope to see you again soon
Hugs, Sue xx

Sally Dodger said...

A wonderful card. I am loving this softer colour scheme and the stamps look fabulous stamped onto the vellum. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers and more. Sally.x.

La Papera Gialla said...

Thanks for playing with us at Christmas Card Challenges again this week!
Monica - CCC DT

raven said...

Thank you so much for sharing with us at a Snowflakes Promise. Good Luck. We love seeing your creations..Genny DT

Jennifer Greco said...

Very pretty! All these wonderful dies make this card have so much character and dimension. Thanks for sharing it with us at Aud Sentiments, good luck and hope to see you again in our next challenge!
Jennifer, DT

Tracey T said...

A lovely design. Thank you for playing along at Christmas at Sweet Stampin'!