Sunday, December 5, 2010

Masculine Christmas

Tomorrow night is our local stamp club's Christmas party.  This is always a lot of fun.  We also have a card exchange due.  The theme is masking/masculine.

I really wanted to use a new stamp I got from Our Daily Bread Designs and use a sketch from Simon Says.  I used white glossy cardstock and temporarily adhered a small punched circle.  Then I sponged on distress inks in yellow, orange, red, blue, and then black.  I removed the circle and sponged on a little more yellow.  Then I buffed it  and stamped the image in black.  It gave a wonderful look of a sunset behind the trees.  I layered the image on dark blue cardstock.

I also wanted to use my new trees embossing folder.  This was a bit tricky getting the angle that I wanted and still fitting the paper in the folder/Big Shot.  I rubbed dark blue over the embossing and around the edges of the decorative paper.  It came out looking like a deep hunter green.  I layered this on top of a different green decorative paper, then on top of the dark blue card base.

I cut and embossed pine cones using gold paper and a Spellbinder die.  Then I rubbed on some copper Brilliance ink and some dark brown Stazon.  I buffed them lightly to remove some of the ink, them adhered them to the card with popdots.  I also added a snowflake from a Martha Stewart punch to give it a more wintery look.

I entered this card in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Challenge - It's Sketch Time
AiFactory Challenge:  Brrrr It's a Wintery Challenge #89
Catch The Bug Challenge: Bugaboo Anything Goes
Crafts and Me Challenge - Snowflakes
Flutter By Wednesday's Challenge #133 - Open Challenge
Our Daily Bread Designs Stamping In Time: On Assignment Challenge (SNTODBD23) - Christmas Cards
Paper Cutz Challenge #70 - Make a card using 2 kinds of patterned paper and any colors you'd like
Top Tip Tuesday:  Tip #12 - Anything Goes Challenge
Stamp and Create.Com:  Challenge #7 - Tis the Season (Christmas Card)
Stamp Something: Christmas Color Combo Challenge
Stamping Vacation:  Inspiration Station Challenge


Mary Ski said...

WOW! I love this card!!! The sunset, the image, the paper choices - it really comes together in a special card. I hope whomever you send it to appreciates it. I think I'd be tempted to keep and frame this one! Thanks for sharing with Paper Cutz Challenge

shelly said...

holy smokes! this is just spectacular! thanks so much for sharing with us at papercutz.

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Those pine cones are pretty and I LOVE the coloring on the image on the right!

Thanks so much for sharing your work with us at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge!!!


Rae Anne said...

Oh Marie, your card is just awe-inspiring! Truly, what a magical scene you've set! Thanks so much for participating in Catch the Bug's Anything Goes challenge with Bugaboo Stamps! :D MWAH!

April said...

OOOOOOHHH! I love this! Can't wait to see it in person!

Vee said...

Such a lovely card!!. Thanks for joining Top Tip Tuesday this week.Good luck.
xx Vee

Angella D. Crockett said...

Wow, wow, wow!!!! That is one amazing card!!! Your sunset is beyond beautiful and I love the embellishments! Just gorgeous!!!!

Crafteezee said...

Beautiful scenes. Thanks for joining us at Crafts and Me. Hugs Tracy x

Anonymous said...

what a great masculine holiday card. I haven't seen many of those so this is a treat! thanks for entering it in this week's winter challenge at AIF

Lorraine A said...

Stunning card !! absolutely gorgeous ,, I love this ,,, beautiful !!! :-)

thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge :-)
Lols x x x

debby4000 said...

Wonderful, gorgeous card.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamps Challenge.

Min said...

My goodness this is just a GORGEOUS card Marie! Just beautiful!!
Thanks so much for playin' along with us this week for the Bugaboo Stamps Catch The Bug "Anything Goes" Challenge!
Hugs & Happy Days!

Ellie said...

Gorgeous! Love that beautiful christmas scene!
Thank you so much for playing along at stamp something this week, hope you'll join us again next challenge!

Lenoria said...

This is a beautiful card! Love the glowing effect coming thru the trees.

Betty Wright said...

Absolutely stunning, E. Marie! Gorgeous effect! Thanks so much for playing ODBD Stamping In Time!