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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Holiday Wishes - Poinsettia

A few months ago I purchased the Year of the Flower Collection from Papertrey Ink with the idea of using the poinsettia image for Christmas cards. I decided to make a set of  8 cards for my stash and I'm really pleased with the results.

I wanted a simple, but elegant card that would be easy to mail out to family and friends. I started by stamping the flower image on Bella card stock so that I could colour it with copic markers. After finishing all the red colouring, I felt it needed a bit of contrast. So .... I masked the flower and restamped three separate "leaves" using the original image. It was a bit of work, but I really like the final look - the green leaves add just the right amount of colour.

 The Seed Packet Frame die was cut from Pure Poppy card stock, stamped with Versamark with the frame image from Garden Variety and then embossed with Gold embossing powder. The sentiment,  "Sending You",  from Simple Sunflower and the 'holiday wishes" from Holiday Tags 2010 were added with the same embossing details.

 The white front card panel was embossed with Stampin'Up's Petals a Plenty embossing folder and then each dot in the center of the poinsettia and throughout the embossed panel were coloured with a Sakura Gold Metallic pen. This  was also used to colour in the centers of the focal image flower as well. The front panel was then adhered to the Pure Poppy card base.

 The gold ribbon and little gold Stamping Bella dot was added to the top of the seed packet frame before attaching it to the prepared background panel.

I kept the inside of the card very simple, by stamping a sentiment from Holiday Wishes onto a white panel, using CTMH Cranberry ink.

Card Details:
Stamps:  PTI Year of Flower Collection, Garden Variety, Simple Sunflower, Holiday Tags 2010, Holiday Wishes
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Versamark; CTMH Cranberry
Papers: PTI Pure Poppy; Bella White;  SU Whisper White
Dies: Seed Packet Frame die
Other Details: Copic markers; SU Petals a Plenty embossing folder; Stampendous Gold Detail embossing powder; Sakura Gold Metallic pen;  Stamping Bella Gold dots;  gold ribbon

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.


Leigh said...

These are lovely, Karen!

Joyce said...

Such a great set of cards. I love the gold embossing on the red cardstock. So elegant.

carol (krillsister) said...

Wow! You sire did put a lot of work onto these cards. Love the embossed background. The leaves look great.

Lorraine said...

Karen, these are very elegant and pretty! Adding the green leaves was a great idea and I love the gold embossing!

Elena said...

very elegant - love the gold embossing on the red paper!

Rose A said...

Wow..seed packet turned Christmas card...And stunning christmas cards at that!!! So many beautiful details...love the little gold dots on the embossing!!

Jen Adcock said...

So impressive Karen. I love all the wonderful attentive touches, like the gold dots and the heat embossing that you've gracefully added to your cards. As always, such well put together cards. Just so lovely.

Kelly said...

So pretty! I love the poinsettia!

Michelle said...

Oh I love all the embossing...and the gold is sooo elegant!

Ted said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Karen! And thanks for the advice on sewing! :)