Saturday, 24 November 2012

Two Pearly Christmas Cards - 52 {C}CT Nov Embellishment Challenge

It's an embellishment challenge this week at 52 {C}CT - and the embellishment we want to see on your Christmas cards this time is pearls - pretty!

I decided to take the opportunity to use my Perfect Pearls mist and a stencil as it's been a while since I've done that.  I laid the stencil onto a piece of black CS, added a bit of tape at the top to keep it in place and spritzed the stencil with 'Perfect Pearl' mist.  The tape also acts as a hinge so I can carefully lift up the stencil and then have an 'oooooh' moment when I see the result LOL!  I cut the black panel to size and attached it to a square white card base.  I then die cut the deer family from the sparkly SU! Champagne Glimmer Paper and I've popped them up.  I used a sentiment from a Hero Arts clear set that has dots between the letters of 'MERRY' as I thought they were the perfect place to add some pearl jewels!  I die cut the sentiment using an SU! Apothecary Accents die and popped that up over a Champagne Glimmer oval.

Inside I stamped a large sentiment and added 3 sparkly snowflakes.  I added pearls to the snowflake centres and to dot the i letters in the words 'Wishing' and 'Christmases'.  Oooh look - a leaping deer on the front of the envelope, I've been waiting ages to get this die and I'm happy to say I have it now!  To finish off I added a layered label element and added pearls.

I really love the effect the Perfect Pearls mist gives when spritzed through a stencil and it's such a quick, but 'wow' technique to do.  It just so happened that I had purchased a new snowflake stencil - I obviously needed to try it out so that means a second card for the challenge!  At first I used 'Blue Smoke' Perfect Pearls mist and white CS but I didn't like how that looked.  So I then went back to using the 'Perfect Pearl' mist and I spritzed onto Night of Navy CS - much better!  The stencil has a frame in the centre but I covered that up and I popped up a snowflake die cut from silver mirror card.  Yes, a new snowflake stencil and a new snowflake die set - I am a complete shocker when it comes to snowflakes, I love them and find them hard to resist!  I am fussy and finicky though, not just ANY snowflakes will do, they must be a pretty shape and preferably only have six 'arms' - eight is just plain wrong LOL!  I added a large pearl to the centre of the silver snowflake and smaller pearls to the background snowflakes.  A layered banner sentiment finished off the card front.

Another thing I find hard to resist is anything swirly or flourishy - like the SU Baroque Border wheel stamp that I've used on the inside.  The Penny Black sentiment is one of my all time faves - of course, it has snowflakes on it!

I die cut a Night of Navy snowflake, glued it to a silver mirror CS circle and popped that up over a stamped swirl on the front of the envelope.

Please check out what the other Design Team members have made, there's sure to be something to inspire you!  I look forward to popping by your blogs to see what you create for our pearls challenge!

Supplies for deer family card:
Stamps: Hero Arts 'Holiday Cheer' clear set, Woodware 'Happiest of Christmases' clear set
CS: PaperMania white square card blank, SU! Basic Black, Whisper White & Champagne Glimmer paper

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Tools: Crafters Workshop 'Aspen Trees' stencil, Memory Box Deer Trio & Leaping Deer dies, SU! Apothecary Accents die,
Petite Oval Nestability die, SU! oval punch, Fiskars snowflake punch
Embellishments & accessories: Perfect Pearls 'Perfect Pearl' mist, SU! Pearl Jewels, 3D foam pads 

Supplies for snowflakes card:
Stamps: SU! Four the Holidays set, Stampendous 'Snow Brackets' cling stamp, SU! Baroque Border wheel stamp
CS: SU! Night of Navy & Whisper White, silver mirror CS
Ink: SU! Night of Navy
Tools:  Imagination Crafts 'Snowflake Frenzy Border' stencil, Sizzix 'Frame, Snowflake' Framelits die, MFT Fishtail Flags Stax die, SU! 2 1/2" circle punch, Perfect Layers
Embellishments & accessories: Perfect Pearls 'Perfect Pearl. mist, SU! Pearl Jewels, 3D foam pads



Vicky Hayes said...

I can only really say wow Ruth! Two real stunners from you. Vicky x

Mynn xx said...

You are so ridiculously talented, Ruth! These are both just fabulously amazingly brilliant! LOVE the use of the perfect pearls spray mist--genius! Stunning creations as always! :)

Peanut said...

Stunning, absolutely stunning, Ruth. Thanks for sharing.

Danielle Vincent said...

Seriously Ruth - these are both so beautiful that I can hardly believe it!! I am in awe dear lady!

Jacqueline said...

TOTALLY GORGEOUS - fabulous cards Ruth - love the sparkle and the gold reindeer are stunning - Jacqueline
P.S - love the new blog style too!

Patty Gorka said...

Both of these are perfect! Your cards are always beautiful, I love your style!

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