I've so enjoyed making floating front cards recently and I know that Jan loves the design of these cards too. I thought a poinsettia design would be perfect to make for Alan to give to Jan. This card is all about sparkle, texture and dimension!
For the 5 3/4" square card base I've used luxurious Centura Pearl Ivory CS. I cut three panels of the ivory pearl CS, embossed each panel with a beautiful snowflakes embossing folder, rubbed Golden Light gilding wax over the raised areas and glued the panels in place. I added strips of holly ribbon to the front panels and added sparkle to the berries with Xmas Red Stickles. Using three sizes of Pinstriped Poinsettias stamps I stamped two of each size onto the pearl CS using VersaMark ink and I heat embossed each flower with Red Tinsel embossing powder. I die cut the six flowers, shaped them and stacked them together. I die cut one large poinsettia from green glitter CS, cut the petals apart to use as leaves and adhered them behind the flower. I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment and layered the Very Vanilla label onto a larger sparkly gold label shape. I gussied up the Very Vanilla label with a holly embellishment and two red gems. I placed a gold shimmer dome sticker in the centre of the poinsettia and attached the flower element onto the front of the card.
Here's a view of one of the side panels so you can see the pretty embossing and ribbon.
Here's a closer view of the sparkly poinsettia.
I adhered a piece of Very Vanilla CS to the back as a sentiment panel. More seasonal sparkle went here in the form of a punched red heart next to the stamped sentiment and I placed sparkly die cut holly leaves and berries at the bottom.
I made an envelope for the card using holly patterned paper. I punched two holes in the envelope, made green glitter CS washers as hole reinforcers, glued those in place, formed a ribbon loop and taped the ends inside the envelope. The envelope is tied closed by threading ribbon through the top hole, through the loop at the bottom and by tying a bow.
Here's the envelope tied closed with the ribbon bow. All ready to be popped in a cellophane bag and delivered to Alan. Hope he - and Jan - approve!
Stamps: Creative Expressions Sue Wilson 'Pinstriped Poinsettias' cling stamp set, SU! 'Seasonal Wishes' set, Penny Black 'Wish from the Heart'
CS: Centura Pearl Ivory, SU! Very Vanilla, Champagne Glimmer Paper & Red Glimmer Paper, Christmas Green glitter CS
Patterned paper: 'Frozen Lobster Tail' from Jillibean Soup 'Christmas Eve Chowder' Collection
Ink: VersaMark, SU! Garden Green
Tools: Creative Expressions Sue Wilson 'Classic Poinsettia' dies, Leane Creatief 'Snowflake Background' embossing folder, Spellbinder's 'Grommet Tags' dies, Cottage Cutz 'Holly Berry Mini' die, SU! 'Heart to Heart' punch, Envelope Punch Board, various sizes of circle punches
Embellishments & accessories: Stampendous Red Tinsel embossing powder, Creative Expressions Golden Light gilding wax, holly design satin ribbon, SU! Real Red satin ribbon, PaperMania Gold Shimmer Dome Sticker, PaperMania red gems, Joy Crafts Add-ies holly embellishment, 3D foam tape