Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Christmas ornament

I'm hosting this week's challenge in the Crafty Secrets member forum at Splitcoast Stampers and I'm asking people to use squares in their projects.

I've opted to use the square as my card base and added another to my stash of Christmas cards.

This is one of those projects that looks better in real life than you can manage to capture with a photo! The ornament is coated in glitter above and below the banner area and the little gems to represent lights on the tree really do glow if you catch the sun right! Those are things that tend to show with movement I guess and a still photo leaves it to your imagination to fill in!

I like to do "all one stamp set" projects sometimes rather than pulling in stuff from several sets and/or makers - it makes you focus on how versatile the elements of a set can be! I used four of the stamps in the set here - the elegant ornament, the separate sentiment banner that fits on to it, the snowflake for subtle background pattern and the fir sprig to build up the overhanging branch at the top.

Stamps:
Christmas Joy (Crafty Secrets)

Paper:
Cryogen white
Dark red
Gold

Ink:
Versamark by Tsukineko
Versafine by Tsukineko (Olympia Green)
Tim Holtz Distress ink by Ranger (Antique Linen)

Other:
Detail gold embossing powder
Glamour Dust glitter (Crystal)
Gems
Memento marker (Cottage Ivy)
Wire
Foam dots
Gold gel pen


Thanks for stopping by!

14 comments:

Paula said...

wonderful card, and you like youve mentioned, I bet it looks even better in the flesh.

Laura O'Donnell said...

this is gorgeous!

Kathy said...

Lovely, stylish card Joanne

Hazel said...

Very classy card, Joanne (great to see you making a C card!) x

Jenny said...

Just gorgeous, love the subtle bkgd stamping too :)
Jenny x

Sue said...

very stylish card Joanne. I love the branch and the subtle background.
Sue x

Caroline said...

Gorgeous card Joanne - can't think about Christmas just yet though!

LME said...

Great card everyone is getting ready early for christmas :)

Traceyr said...

Wonderful Joanne and the gems really do look like Christmas lights. The glitter is a fantastic touch to the bauble too.

:)

tracy said...

beautiful card joanne:)

Janice said...

Oh no Christmas must be on it's way if you are starting to make Christmas cards! Stunning example, love the glitteryness but the fir tree branch is my favourite part of the card, so realistic.

JeanFB said...

Gorgeous card, Joanne! I can definitely detect the glitter and the sparkly bling, and I love how the ornament dips out of the frame.

Alison said...

A beautiful vintage card Joanne! I love the soft background of snowflakes x

Kaz said...

This is totally gorgeous Joanne. I love all of it! xx