Sunday, 4 November 2012

Sketchy Christmas

I've been intending to play along with a Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge for months now and never quite managed it! The stars finally aligned and I've played this week.

Sadly the bright sunshine we're being treated to in Northumberland today made it very hard to get a decent photo! This is yellower than it looks in real life but even tweaking with Photoshop didn't improve it much - please imagine a richer colour!



I used the elegant border design from the Paris Nouveau set to gold emboss the die cut ornament and then added dots of pearl paint for some more decoration. The detail shot gives a better impression of the look of the embossing.

Fir sprigs from the Festive Foliage set give a bit of background interest and the sentiment and little flourish stamps (repeated to form a border here) complete the nostalgic look. I love the fact the flourish has a mirror image in the set so you can do this sort of border with them.

Stamps:
Paris Nouveau, Festive Foliage and Compliments of the Season (all Waltzingmouse Stamps)

Paper: Kraft and Cryogen White

Ink:
Brilliance by Tsukineko (Pearlescent Ivy)
Versafine by Tsukineko (Crimson Red)
Tim Holtz Distress by Ranger (Antique Linen and Vintage Photo)

Other:
Vintage ornament die by Impression Obsession
Detail gold embossing powder
Dimensional pearl paint
Tracing wheel
Silk ribbon

Thanks for stopping by!

33 comments:

sam21ski said...

Great traditional card and colours, love the shape of the bauble

Sam xxx

Paula Whittaker said...

fab card....this time of year is definately terrible for getting decent photo's.

Claire Brennan said...

Oh this is gorgeous Joanne, this is so rich, I love the colours and the textures, a beauty!! Thank you so much for playing along with us, hope you don't mind if I pin this stunner!

Diane said...

I personally love the way the colour looks in the photo. I also think the fir sprigs add such dimension to the image.
Thanks again for doing a list of items you used in the project, as I find that really helpful

Kaz said...

This is so classy Joanne, I love the dimensional pearls on the ornament xx

Kath said...

I love traditional cards like this. It is so rich looking too.

Deborah said...

Such an elegant card, Joanne. Colour looks really good here - I'll take your word for it that it looks even better IRL.

Pauline said...

This is just beautiful Joanne, a great mix of stamps, I love the little flourish you used for the edges, I want to do that now! I love the peep of pine behind the bauble too.

Charmaine Stack said...

This is so very beautiful. Lovely die cut shape there; and the ornate way you have decorated it is wonderful. A very elegant card!

Chris said...

Gorgeous card. Love the rustic look with the colours you've used. Your bauble looks fabulous too.

Jill Norwood said...

This is such a beautiful card! I love how you made your borders and the background for the beautiful ornament! Stunning!

Katherine (sutty) said...

Just gorgeous Joanne...I wish my cards looked that nice - love the embossing and stamping :)

Carla said...

WOW, this is great!!!!! very nice Xmascard. Love from Holland.

Karen said...

A really lovely classy card Joanne ! xxx

Kate said...

Absolutely love this and you can be sure I will try it out very soon. Thank you for a wonderful idea - just love love love it!

Jeanne J said...

So clever to place the ornament on the pine leaves and WOW that swirly border - just brilliant!

Traceyr said...

Those fir sprigs really do make the bauble look as if it is hanging from a Christmas tree. ♥ it Joanne. :)

Karen M said...

Wow, Joanne. This is amazing. Just like a shop bought card (meaning this in the nicest possible way, of course!). Very pretty and inspiring. Kx

Vickie Z said...

Gorgeous card!! Love the gold embossing in the ornament with sprigs peaking out! Sentiment is perfect!!!

CathyMc said...

Gorgeous! I love the vintage style of your card. Amazing!!!

Sue said...

I'm loving the green fir twigs, they make the bauble really stand away from the card and give so much dimension.
Sue x

Maja said...

Great card. Love the ornament, very clever idea :)

Kelly S. said...

I love the rustic charm, Joanne! Amazing use of the Paris Nouveau images to decorate that ornament...looks just like patterned paper!! Love the little pine boughs and the awesome border you created. Fabulous! So glad you finally got to play along, come back SOON!

Kathy said...

Joanne, this is beautiful - brilliant idea to use the foliage stamp behind the bauble - it really sets it off. I love the shape of the bauble, and the colours you've used definitely give it a rich, and vintage feel

Deborah Frings said...

Absolutely gorgeous. I really like the embossed bauble and the subtle shading on the sentiment!

Lottie said...

This is just gorgeous - so rich looking and love the bauble too. It's so realistic. I adore the colouring - it looks Edwardian and luscious.

Claire said...

Fab card - it looks like you could reach out and touch the fir sprigs...they look so realistic and I love the embossed bauble. Sun in Northumberland? At this time of year?!

Sarah said...

This is so festive, I love it! The kraft and traditional colours work perfectly.

Sarah x

Julia Aston said...

I love the creative stamping you did on the lovely ornament - so glad you got to play with the WMS sketch this week!

Kim Duran said...

Wow! I love the colors on this card. And the stamped borders in red...such a pretty detail! Thanks for joining us at Waltzingmouse!

Lorraine said...

love the vintage look

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is such a stunning card, Alison. Wish I'd made it!

Lucy x

Alison said...

Gorgeous card Joanne! xx