Thursday, May 01, 2014

Stenciled Christmas

Hi everyone.  Today I have a few Christmas cards to share with you.  I bought some Heavy Gel Gloss Medium a few days ago.  Turns out it's basically the same thing as translucent embossing paste, which is something I wanted to try.  I also bought some beautiful gold metallic paint and I used some to mix with my heavy gel, spreading it over my lattice stencil to create the background for the main panel of my card above.  The gloss gel medium goes on easily and leaves a shiny, smooth surface - love it! :)

I die-cut three small poinsettias, sponged red around the petals to give definition, and then shaped them with my stylus and mat.  I glued the layers together and added some gold liquid pearls for the center (exact match to the gold background!).  I glued the poinsettia to the panel using a good dollop of Crystal Effects and also added drops under some of the petals so when it dried, it would hold the flower up to keep it's shape.   The sentiment is stamped in red and then clear embossed to keep with the shine on the rest of the card.

I'm entering this into the latest challenge at ATS&M #93 - Holiday, Sparkle Christmas #22 - Anything Goes, and it will be my second entry into Simon Says Anything Goes.

Stamps:  Handy Christmas Greetings (Amy R)
Paper:  110 lb. white (Neenah); Real red (SU!)
Ink:  Real Red (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Big shot, Blooming Poinsettia die (Poppy Stamps), Lattice Stencil made by me, Heavy Gel Gloss Medium (Golden), Gold Paint (Lumiere), Gold Liquid Pearls, clear embossing powder, heat tool, palette knife, stylus and mat, Crystal Effects

ATS&M #93
Simon Says - Anything Goes


Since I was posting my Christmas card above, I thought I'd share two more Christmas cards I made for the Dirty Dozen Design Team last October, theme "It's about Time".  The first card is for the sketch challenge that was associated with the Fan Club Challenges.  The second is my favorite card I made for the DD for October.  Each month the Dirty Dozen post their cards and marks one of them as their favorite for the month.

Here's the sketch ...

This is for "Winter Time".  I used a strip of DSP and placed a silver glimmer snowflake on top.  The sentiment is computer generated and I printed it onto vellum.

This is my favorite card I made for the October Fan Club.  This is "Christmas Time".  I sponged two shades of blue ink for the background and then layered several white pine branches which I had die-cut and painted with some silver glitter to add sparkle.  I framed the tree with a circle die-cut and added a silver glimmer star to the top of the tree and simple sentiment.

Winter Time card:
Stamps:  computer generated sentiment
Paper:  White (Neenah); Winter Frost DSP, Silver glimmer paper, vellum (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Big Shot, Faceted Snowflake die (Simon Says), silver brads

White Christmas card:
Stamps:  Snowman Sayings (Amy R)
Paper:  White (Neenah)
Ink:  Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Big Shot, Wreath Strip die (Cheery Lynn), Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Holiday Shapes die (Simon Says), sponges, silver stickles


  1. Love that silky gold embossing! So rich and stunning! The poinsettia looks so pretty on it! And both of these are among my favorites of your Christmas cards! Love that sweet snowflake and the white tree is gorgeous against the sponged background!

  2. Wow, wow, wow! What beautiful cards Loll! I am really loving that gel gloss medium you used on your first card and what a wow factor mixing in the gold paint. Love it!! That snowflake die is so cute, love that and oh my that last card, wow! Love that tree made with the little branches and framed out in the cut out circle. The background is so lovely too. Hugs

  3. The Poinsettia card is beautiful, I gel gloss really sets off the red ..
    Is that the large poinsettia die or the smaller one... I have been wanting that die for a year now.... Your cards are so professionally done...

    1. I have the large blooming poinsettia die. The flower above is made with the smallest flower in the set. I would LOVE to get the smaller blooming poinsettia die, but it's been out of stock for months. I think it would be a better buy for using with cards. Loll xx

  4. OMG Loll...I Love your gold metallic stenciled BG :-) TFS this beauty and again your DD Girls Christmas Cards mf.

  5. I'm sitting here in awe of 3 such gorgeous cards! I love all of them! That gold paint and gel medium is fabulous!

  6. Love your card! The gold metallic background is awesome and the poinsettia is so pretty. Thank you so much for joining us at the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Blog! :)

  7. Beautiful cards Loll and I just love you stunning gold lattice background


  8. Gorgeous cards Loll the gold background is so effective and I love the Xmas tree created with the pine branches:)
    Val x

  9. Wow Loll, that gold background is absolutely luscious.......but my favourite (and also your) is the third card - it's stunning.

    Karen x

  10. Wow, 3 amazing cards Loll, love the gorgeous gold stencilled background. I love the snowflake card and the christmas tree made of sparkly branches is awesome. Love the colours of the sponging, Cathy x

  11. Absolutely LOVE all these gorgeous cards Loll and the gold background is stunning:) hugs xx

  12. I love all these cards Loll. The stencilling is perfect. I also love the christmas tree that you created. May have to CASE that one! Thanks so much for playing along at ATSM xx

  13. Fabulous Christmas cards, Loll. I love the depth of colour on the third one!

  14. Wow what fab Xmas cards Loll x

  15. WOW! These are just gorgeous :) I particularly like the one you created to share with us! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Addicted to Stamps and More this week, we sure hope we will see you again soon!!!

  16. I think all these cards are absolutely super. So clean and simple, so elegant. Thanks so much for playing along with ASM this week!

  17. Oh wow these are so very beautiful !! I am in love with the Christmas tree card :)

  18. Gorgeous cards Loll.. Love them all.Thank you so much for joining the fun at ATSM. Good luck.. :)


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