Friday, February 21, 2014

Candles and Holly


Hi everyone.  Today's card is for the couple of challenges:  Merry Monday #96 - holly and Addicted to Stamps & More #83 - holidays.

I love this beautiful die from Memory Box and when I saw Jennifer McGuire's recent video on Die-cut Inlays, I thought it would work perfectly for this technique.  Your image is die-cut, and then all the pieces are glued back in place to create a flat image.  Click on the link above to take a look at the video - you'll be glad you did!

This technique is fun and easy to do ... although the candle die-cut is very intricate and it took a bit of time.  After all the pieces were inlayed, I used my green marker to highlight the subtle embossed lines on the holly leaves.  I coated all the green card stock with green glitter glue and then did the same for the red card stock, using red glitter glue.  I added just a couple of drops of dazzling diamonds on the "flames".

I will definitely be doing this technique again - easy and fun!

After all the time inlaying the pieces, I was nervous about stamping the sentiment directly onto my card front ... and, of course, I flubbed it! :)  It was too low on the card front and the card wasn't balanced - yikes! :)  Didn't want all that time and effort to go to waste, to I cut around the candles and then popped the panel up on a new card front and added the sentiment below - much better - whew! :)







Stamps:  Christmas Greetings (SU!)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Real Red, Garden Green, Silver Foil, Daffodil Delight (SU!)
Ink:  Black (Memento)
Accessories & Tools:  Big Shot, Glowing Candles die (Memory Box), green glitter glue and red glitter glue (Studio G), stamp-a-ma-jig



Challenges:
Merry Monday #96 - holly
ATS&M #83 - holidays


28 comments:

Sue said...

Stunning card, Loll! That die IS beautiful, the glitter looks lovely too xx

aileen (mum) said...

Beautiful card Loll, lot of work in one with such intricate die cut but sure worth it.

Kristie Goulet said...

This is stunning! Love this technique! :)

nancy littrell said...

Gorgeous Loll. I can't wait to try the technique. TFS your beauty and the links. Hugs, Nancy

Sandy said...

Wonderful Christmas card! I am going to have to watch that video. There is nothing like traditional Christmas colors.
Sandy xx

Lee-Anne said...

What a gorgeous card...love the technique...you certainly made the most of it, Loll!

Colorado Crafter said...

I passed over this die the last couple of times I ordered some Memory Box items, but you are making me want it! :) This is a wonderful card!! I love it when we can rescue a card from a mishap and have it turn out so beautifully. I end up often doing my sentiments on a tag or some other separate piece when I'm afraid of messing up a focal piece that I've spent a lot of time on. But, that isn't really a problem when you're not trying to keep the card CAS. It's definitely trickier to rescue a CAS card. :)

Karren said...

Just stunning, Loll! And if you hadn't mentioned your sentiment flub, we would all have thought your card was designed to be two layer :) It looks perfect!

Notes by Nina said...

Stunning card Loll, Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday.

Barb Ghig said...

I love how you created your card with this intricate die, Loll! So much beautiful sparkle, and your sentiment is just perfect ;-)

Anita in France said...

Wow, Loll ... what a brilliant technique and such a lovely card! Great 'rescue' ... deserving of a phew moment! Anita :)

Deepti said...

Wow this is such an intricate card, love how brilliantly u did the inlaid design :)

Sue Rose said...

WOW! beautiful card with a great technique! I love the inlayed design detail.

Carole said...

WOW that is GORGEOUS...thanks for the link it sounds like fun. I have a growing wish list yet this will start a must have list.

Bonnie said...

WOW! This is gorgeous, Loll! And I feel the pain of the sentiment not right when it's the last thing. I'm so glad it worked out so beautifully! Thanks for sharing it with us at Merry Monday!

LeAnne said...

Oh, I have seen this die before and it is scrumptiously gorgeous! Love the traditional colors with the silver...and that inlaid technique is just beautiful! Thanks so much for playing with our holly challenge this week!

MaryH said...

This is probably one of my fav all time MB dies. I will be checking out Jennifer's video, thanks for the link. You did a awesome job - again - and this is just as lovely as it can be. TFS & Hugs

Cathy said...

Love this die Loll, great save too, your card looks fantastic with the inlays. TFS the video link, Cathy x

Becky said...

This is gorgeous. What a wonderful die.

sandie said...

You have more patience than me but I wish I did as this really does give a stunning look with a lovely texture and a feel of dimension although it is flat, a really good look Loll x

Colleen Dietrich said...

How beautiful! I'll bet this looks absolutely stunning IRL. It can be so hard to capture shimmer and shine.

Lesley Croghan said...

Wow, so very pretty, Loll!

Valerie Nolan said...

Fab technique Loll, love the dripping candles:)
Val x

Katie Melhus said...

This is just gorgeous! What a perfect use of the inlayed die cuts, they are spectacular in that glitter :) Thanks so much for joining us this week at Merry Monday!

Lori said...

Loll, this is sooooo pretty! I will definitely be taking a look-see at that video! I love what you did here...gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at Merry Monday this week xoxoxo

Kylie said...

Beautiful Loll! What a great technique and this is the perfect die! Thanks so much for playing along at ATSM xx

Darnell J Knauss said...

Popping back to congratulate you on the win at MM, Lolly!! Hugs, Dolly

Deborah Frings said...

I love the die cut, so beautifully done! The wax actually looks like it's dripping! Thanks so much for playing along with ASM this week!