Saturday 21 September 2013

Flaked Tree Merry Christmas Card - 52 {C}CT Sept Theme Challenge

In the 3rd week of the month we have a theme or recipe challenge at 52 {C}CT.  As the hostess for September I chose a Christmas Tree theme for you to work with.  Isn't the tree in the picture lovely, all bedecked and twinkling with lights?!   Instead of a traditional decorated tree I've opted for a stylised tree for my card. 


I don't recommend mixing alcohol and crafting but I have to tell you that Gin and Tonic played a part in the making of this card!  No, I wasn't knocking back the hard stuff,  I've used IndigoBlu Gin and Tonic gilding flakes on the tree!  I love using gilding flakes with this particular tree stamp but the last time I did it I rather overdid things and the card got far too fussy and busy for my liking.  So having learned my lesson I kept to a simple colour combo and design this time so the flaked tree can shine!

The Old Olive card base measures 5 3/4" square.  I embossed a panel of white CS with my Acanthus folder (my current fave folder!), added the strip of sparkly silver ribbon and popped the white panel up.  I've also popped up the tree panel and sentiment oval.  To complete the card front I added some die cut holly.

Here's the inside and the envelope with a stamped sentiment and more die cut holly.

Check out what the rest of the DT members created and then please play along with our Christmas Tree theme challenge at 52 {C}CT this week, I'd love to pop by your blogs to see the fab Christmas cards you make!

Stamps: Hero Arts 'Branch & Flourish Tree', SU! 'Season of Joy' set, Penny Black 'Joyous Season'
CS: SU! Old Olive & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Old Olive
Tools: Cuttlebug Acanthus embossing folder, Memory Box 'Holly Vine' die, Petite Oval Nestabilities dies
Embellishments & accessories:  IndigoBlu Gin & Tonic gilding flakes, FlitterGlu, Phat Foam & Scoochy, silver ribbon from stash, 3D foam tape

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Pia S said...

The gilding flakes make this tree beautifully sparkly, and I think you were right to with a clean design and few colors - it makes your card classy and elegant! I often combine cardmaking in the weekends with a gin and tonic, but I'm talking about the real stuff:)

Deborah Frings said...

Ruth - love this theme - Christmas trees are just so lovely. I really like the elegance of your gilded tree with the embossed background. As always the inside and envelope are just fab.

Now, tell me, are you a tinsel or no tinsel girl?

Mynn xx said...

I LOVE the shine on this gorgeous card, Ruth! The guilding flakes are so elegant--and the colors are lovely, too! HUGS and have a great rest of the weekend! :)

Danielle Vincent said...

This really is very elegant Ruth! I love that tree - its amazing. Hugs D

Jacqueline said...

Wow - just love those gilding flakes Ruth they give just the right amount of shine - beautiful - Jacqueline xx

Louise van Vuren said...

Love the theme for this week Ruth, and this card is fabulous - I LOVE the gilded tree, and that embossing folder..WOW! The holly did cuts are perfect finishing touches, inside and out!

Louise xx

Patricia Hays said...

You're too funny, joking about the gin and tonic! :) Your tree turned out amazing. And as always, the inside of your card and the envelope are the perfect finishing touches to your work.

Rosmarie said...

A beautiful Christmas card Ruth!
It is very elegant, both outside as inside and I love the embossed background!
Unfortunately, I was not able to take part this week.
Thank you for all your nice comments ... always appreciated!
Rosi x

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