Sunday, 7 December 2008

Penny Black Christmas Sparkle.

Hi all

I'm still recoverng from the flu. I have a nasty cough now, and am still lacking energy. But I do have a card to show today. And I am quite proud of this one even though I say it myself.



This is one of my special family cards for this year. I love it because it makes a real statement. It's more than just a card. It's full of sparkle, glamour and dimension. The image is from Penny Black, which I actually bought last Christmas. See I don't just buy new stamps, I do use my old ones occasionally too. It was coloured using Zig Art pens, and the dress, hat and boots were glitted with crystal glitter. I added some applique paint to the 'furry' bits on the hats, dress and boots and puffed it up with my heat gun.



The snowflakes were cut with Cuttlebug dies. The large snowflake was dabbed with blue brilliance ink in the middle and the points for variation, and to tie in with the blue colour scheme. I then covered it with Glossy Accents, and sprinkled crystal glitter on to it and left to dry. Doing it this way means that you get a rather sturdy snowflake instead of a flimsy one, as the Glossy Accents set hard. I added a bright blue gem to the centre, bling bling.



In this picture you can see how the card is folded. In half and then the top half folded back on itself. The matted image was stuck half over the fold. The scrolled silver and white paper was stuck onto what is really the inside of the card.


The Christmas tree was made using a template. I used a ready bought one, but you could make your own, it's an easy shape to draw. I used two shades of Bazzil and cut out three tree shapes from each shade. I scored each one in half, then stamped and embossed showflakes onto each tree shape. I added some silver sequins to some of the snowflakes.

To assemble the tree, just adhere back to back on one half only. The unstuck side will stick to one half of the next tree and so on. Just keep adding the trees until the are all joined together. Stick one side of the tree to the card, and open up. It may sound complicated, but once you get going you will see it all coming together for youself. It's actually very easy. Thought I should have done step by step photo's to help you.
If you leave the side of the last tree free, you will be able to close it up, and fit into a shallow box, and the receipent can open the tree up themselves. Imagine their delight, and surprise. You could really go to town on these little trees, making them as table decorations, or for the mantlepiece. They are so cute. Let me know if you decide to make one, and I'll pop on over to your blog and take a look.
I'd be happy to hear your comment's if you have the time to leave any. Thank you for visiting.
Happy Crafting.

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11 comments:

Lynsey said...

Wow Debbie! This is just amazing! This card would really stand out from the crowd! I love the tree you have added that is so clever. Glad you are a bit better.
Hugs Lynsey :)

Valems said...

Wow, Debbie, and you should be proud! This is absolutely stunning! The tree especially is amazing. I might try to make one and if I do, I'll let you know. Fabulous stamp too. I'm glad to hear you're feeling a bit better, now.
Hugs Vanja

Desire Fourie said...

This is absolutely stunning Debbie. All that sparkle just makes it come alive.

Sophie is just stunningly beautiful. Definitely takes after her Mom.


Hugs from Desire

Poppy said...

wow, stunning card love the colours, great image.
poppy

Christine (Craftling) said...

Hi, sweetie.. Yes, I know.. shock.. it's MEEEE!! ;o) You are the only person I have left a comment for for weeks!!! Sorry I haven't been in touch. Have been keeping up with quick look now and again, but just no time/energy/zest for blogging or crafting.

Anywho.. all your cards are lovely, as always, and your Christmas layout for your blog is just gorgeous! The Christmas photo on your sidebar is also very artistic and stunning!!

Sorry to hear you've had the lurgy. It got me a few weeks ago.

Any news on the redundancy front? I hope whatever you want to happen comes true for you, and that you may get the chance to realise your dreams. You certainly have the talent for it.

Anyway, haven't forgotten you, my crafty shopping buddy. Will drop a little something through your door soon.

Hugs,
Chris xx

Kirsten said...

Hi Debbie.
Thank you so much for your lovely comment at my DT-creation for Stempelglede. That means a lot to me!

WOW - this card is absolutely stunning, Debbie!! I love the colours, and the tree is just amazing!!

Take care.
Hugs, Kirsten (Norway)

debby4000 said...

This is amazing, gorgeous card and love the christmas tree.
Hope you feel better soon, know what you mean about the nasty cough.

Ellie said...

What a beautiful creation! You do awesome work and should be very proud of it.

Ila said...

Wow!! this is Amazing and So Gorgeous!!..I love the sparkle and the tree is Wonderful!!..Hugs, Ila

Rach said...

Debbie this is gorgeous, no wonder you are so proud of it...stunning. hope that you feel better soon and get rid of that cough...hugs rachxx

SCRAP DIDI said...

tres jolie ta carte j'aime beaucoup les couleurs et l'idée de faire un arbre en relief c'est very beautiful!!!
bises didi

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