Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Christmas .... with Polka Doodles and Premium Art Brands

Well it truly is unheard of for me to start any Christmas preparations before December but this year have to be a little more organised. My eldest son turns 21 the week before Christmas, so have two things to get ready for and that means "to do" lists already on the go! I'm a big "to do" list person but that doesn't necessarily mean that my lists ever get finished .... !


I had the honour to play with the NEW Polka Doodles stamps that Nikky designed for Premium Art Brands and fell in love with the Poinsettia set and made this bauble themed card ...

For my card base I drew around an old CD, cut the circles out and joined them with a strip of card (which I hope looks like the top of a bauble) so that my card could open and actually be used (most important).

I have stamped the poinsettia using Aged Mahogany and Peeled Paint distress ink and then water coloured the images to give a soft effect. They are then layered up to create a dimensional bloom finished with some crystal gems in the centre.

The background was created using the holly stamp from the Winter Spruce set, stamped with Peeled Paint distress ink (& water coloured), finished with some lickle red pearl gems. Centre band was created using off cuts of card and ribbon cut to look like banners. The sentiment is from the Poinsettia set and stamped with Aged Mahogany distress ink.

A little hint for you .... if you are hand cutting circles and they don't quite come out truly circular, distress the edges so they look shabby chic or aged. People will think that was the look you were going for in the first place.

Right, gotta dash as have loads to do today .... my "to do" list has spoken ...

x x x

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:

Crafty Boots - Christmas
Fashionista - Christmas
Hobby Cutz Challenge - create your own background


JayBe said...

Lou, this is gorgoeus, hun - love the bauble card idea and the poinsettia looks fab!

Good luck with the to do list.
Hugz, Jan xx

Bev said...

I just love how this poinsettia layers up. Great dimension, beautiful card x

Karon said...

Gorgeous card Lou - wish I had this fabulous stamp! Beautiful! TFS

Doreen said...

Beautiful card,love the image,great

Claire said...

This is just gorgeous - I love the design and fab elements. Hugs, Claire x

Chris said...

Beautiful Christmas card! The poinsettia looks fabulous and the background matches perfectly!
Thanks for joining us at Hobbycutz.

Dee's Craft Room said...

Lovely bauble Christmas card, with fab poinsettias.

Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


cardmaking bird said...

Beautiful card, Lou! I love how you've used that stamp set. Thanks for visiting my blog by the way, and for leaving such a lovely comment. Hugs, Marie xx