Sunday, October 5, 2008

A Christmas Card!

I can't believe it's already time to be thinking about making Christmas cards! Yesterday was "World Card Making Day". I didn't get a chance to actually make a card until late at night... but I decided to make one for a challenge. Why not? They are fun! The Kitchen Sink is having a lot of challenges and prizes. I'm doing Tracy's challenge: to make a Christmas card.

So here's my card:
The paper is from Creative Memories new Jewel Christmas Kit. (I had a green backdrop to make the card stand out and also to coordinate with the card.) The stamps I used are Stampin' Up's new Snow Swirled set.

I'm lovin the bling! I used Jessica's GeMagic (knock-off of the Beadazler) to put on the little gems on the card. I used my new SU punch and a stamp from SU's "Cute & Curly" set for the little tag. I had some soft, shiny ribbon which I think really made it look nice.

I used white pigment ink and SU's and Iridescent embossing powder. Boy is that stuff messy! I even wiped everything down with an embossing buddy but that stuff still stuck to everything! At least I sparkle now, right? LOL

I wanted to show you an ooops! I had the heating tool on one area too long and it turned kind of yellow. I ended up using the green paper on my card underneath the red. I stamped and embossed four pieces of paper just in case I made a mistake (which I did) or so I could make more cards with them. So just be careful not to keep your heating tool on one spot too long. I'm sure all of your pro stampers out there are giggling at my mistake because you already knew that - but that's OK, I gotta start somewhere.

Here's a picture that shows how the iridescent powder really sparkles in the light.

If you have any advice as to how to keep the Iridescent powder from getting all over my house, please let me know! Or if you have any other advice for a beginning stamper, I'm always looking for ways to improve.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed your visit!


Dee Jackson said...

This is really Beautiful!!! I'm glad you were able to play:)

Kitchen Sink Stamps said...

Beautiful Card!!! Even with the yellow ;) ... my answer would be... "I meant to do that! " ... and do it again in another stop! LOL :D I LOVE happy accidents! So glad you could play a long with us Nancy! :D

Julie Masse said...

Gorgeous card! That tree is beautiful! Thanks for stamping with us! :)

Tracy Durcan said...

This is an absolutely stunning card!! I love all the beautiful details!!

eviledna said...

OH-MY-WORD, these are brilliant, of course I have to have the swirly Christmas tree stamp now. But what I want to know is how did you do the big tags the Christmas trees are on? Did you buy them like that? Or did you make them? PLEEEASE tell me, better still if you did make them yourself how about posting a tutorial. Thanks for sharing, even though it's gonna cost me now:)
Take care & keep smiling

Susan said...

Oh, what a delight to see your papercrafts! I have mentioned your blog on my blog, Nancy. (Oh and I'm a CM consultant too! What a coincidence!!)