Saturday 17 August 2013

Holly Wreath Merry Christmas Card - 52 {C}CT Aug Theme Challenge

We have a theme challenge at 52 {C}CT this week and Sarah has chosen a lovely theme for us - holly.


I own a few Christmas stamps that have holly on them but it was the holly wreath stamp that leapt out at me when I went rummaging in my stash.   I stamped the wreath in VersaFine Spanish Moss ink onto watercolour paper and coloured the image with inks and a wet paintbrush.  I did some masking and Stamp-a-ma-jigging to get the sentiment placement just right.  I layered onto a Cherry Cobbler mat, wrapped some Old Olive ribbon around the panel and added a red sparkly brad.  I glued a panel of gold glimmer paper to the Old Olive 5 3/4" square card base and popped up the image panel at a jaunty angle.

I wanted to add sparkle to the berries but I didn't want to cover each berry completely with glitter, I just wanted a touch of sparkle.  Rather than applying the glitter glue direct from the bottle, I squeezed some glitter glue onto my Stamp-a-ma-jig sheet and used a fine paintbrush to add the glitter to the berries.   I washed my Stamp-a-ma-jig sheet and paintbrush fairly quickly after finishing!

I cut a Very Vanilla panel for inside the card and added gold glimmer and red strips.  I used a clear Stampendous stamp set called 'Christmas Wishes' for the inside.  As well as sentiments the set contains beautiful, delicate holly images and  I used two to accent the sentiment.  For the envelope flap, I stamped the bow in VersaFine Crimson Red ink onto watercolour paper and coloured with ink and a wet paintbrush.

I do hope you'll play along with our 52 {C}CT holly challenge this week - you really do need to be adding those festive cards to the stash now!  I look forward to visiting your blogs to see what you've made!

Stamps: Woodware 'Holly Wreath' clear stamp, 'Merry Christmas' from SU! 'Owl Occasions' set, Stampendous 'Christmas Wishes' clear set
CS: SU! Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler & Very Vanilla, Gold Glimmer Paper
Ink: VersaFine Spanish Moss & Crimson Red, SU! Cherry Cobbler & Old Olive
Tools: Paper piercing tool, Stamp-a-ma-jig
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Old Olive ribbon, Dovecraft red glitter brad, SU! Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details, 3D foam tape

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Jacqueline said...

This is beautiful Ruth - love the gold background - Jacqueline xx

Deborah Frings said...

This is a wonderful set! I really like the holly image you've used and the touch of sparkle on the berries! The inside verse is really lovely. Great work!

Danielle Vincent said...

So beautiful Ruth. I LOVE how your sentiment is placed right in the middle of your gorgeous wreath.

Pia S said...

This Christmas wreath stamp is lovely, and I like your choice of traditional red and green and plenty of glitter! The little bow on the envelope is a nice touch too.

sarahstone said...

This is so pretty, Ruth! I love the glitter paper, and you did a fantastic water color job! Great card!

Patricia Hays said...

I just love your card even though I've never been a fan of Old Olive! The tilted panel is a fun touch. You did a fabulous job with the watercoloring, and the darling bow finishes the envelope and coordinates with the card perfectly.

Mynn xx said...

This is just GORGEOUS, Ruth! LOVE your amazing water coloring and I especially adore the glitter paper!!! SO festive! HUGS and sorry it took me so long to comment this week! :) Mynn xx

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