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Saturday, November 02, 2013


Well its been a while hasnt it?
Unfortunately I am now on my 6 th printer within 11 months, can you tell I'm not impressed so far? The last one started turning up its toes, just after the samples were done for the Craft Nouveau CD, and then went and died, deceased, pushing up the daisies, etc.
So printer number 6 is here, and had a rough introduction to my craft room, with a mass stack of printing as soon as it was plugged in,
First out of the printer was my Challenge card for Kraftyhands:  Santa's Little Helpers, a beautiful CD and one of my all time favourites.
Now this month the challenge is JUST FOR FUN, there is NO PRIZE! and the theme for the challenge is Classic Christmas ( Red, Gold, and Green).
Now the set I have used is intended for a 5x5 or 6x6 card, well I disagree, and Mine is 8x8, lol, and is just 2 sheets from the cd, a backing paper from the cd, card stock, and die cuts:

I created an 8x8 card base in forest green cardstock, and then cut diagonally across the card front. Then I started cutting all the mats and layers for the card, 1 base mat from Gold, embossed with the Embossilicious holly folder, one from red, then 2 from Green gloss card, One piece of Gold Linen textured paper, and 2 from the red Merry Christmas backing paper. And finally the main image and the backing that goes with it.
But if you've looked at the photo's and read this far your busy saying to yourself, "erm , hold on a minute you havent said about all the gold layers, or the other green layer?"
No I havent, because they are not layers. Although this card looks lavish, the gold layers were created using a gold paint pen on the edge of every layer. I cheated in other words!
So , having cheated, and saved a huge amount of Gold mirri for next time, I started to position all the layers.
The inside: I used the insert panel, and the gift tag  together for the sentiment.
The outside, I obeyed the rule of thirds, and aimed for the right hand corner of the card front, leaving the left hand bottom corner free. the backing card and topper base are the same size so I offset them on top of the Gold Linen.
I then did the decoupage, and managed to get loads of dimension by folding the presents on the edges of the parcels, some 3D glaze on the eyes to bring them to life, and some clear glitter on the snow. Add the slim ribbon at the base of the card
The I added some die cuts, Spellbinders Christmas Lights border die, and a freebie little tree from Papercrafting Inspiration magazine. The snowflakes were punched from the Gold linen paper with a Martha Stewart punch. Finally some pearl gems to finish off,
and a nice big statement card, without all the weight and layers!
Right no prize this month, its just for fun, so do pop over to the challenge blog, have a look at what my Teamies have done, and join in, but remember the theme, Classic Christmas, using Red, Gold and Green.




Shirley-Anne Barber said...

Really fits the bill I think . A fun image for this beautiful card and perfect inside too .
hugs Shirley-Anne

Andree said...

A super card Lou. The image and layout are brilliant and the inside looks fabulous too x

julie_woolston said...

Gorgeous Card Lou, sounds like you have had a time of it with your printers.
Hugs Julie xxx

Linda Simpson said...

Oh dear poor you and printers! This card is fabulous Lou, love the image and the card design as always is fantastic.

I hope you are well and speak soon.

Linda xxx