Tuesday, December 3, 2013


I love the look of these rich, traditional Christmas colours together. I have ribbon on this card, and I'm giving it to a gentleman colleague, so I hope he doesn't mind! It was solidly attached before I realized what I had done. Hopefully he'll take it home, and his wife will appreciate the touch of feminine.

I coloured the holly with distress markers. Initially, I was afraid they had dried up, but instead I found once I encouraged them on for a bit, they were almost as good as new. I am always impressed how the distress markers blend together so beautifully. Once the main image was coloured, I sponged distress ink on the image using antique linen, tea dye and vintage photo. I also used Slate Adirondack ink, which balances the brown tones nicely.

Initially, this designer paper was very bright and took away from the main image. I wanted to use it anyway, because the texture balanced the card overall. I sponged the daylights out of it using the same inks as for the main image, and I really like the effect.

I really dislike stripes. REALLY, STRONGLY DISLIKE. I stamped this music score stamp over the stripes, and I love the plaid feel it has as a result. I think a script or ledger background will have the same effect, so I think I have figured out how to use all the striped designer paper that I have refused to use to date. So pleased with this epiphany!!

I used some of the designer paper on the inside of the card and stamped a lovely sentiment.

stamps; peace (penny black), sentimental christmas (flourishes), music score (unknown)
ink; antique linen, tea dye, vintage photo, walnut stain distress ink, slate adirondack ink (ranger)
paper; wassail (basic grey), amsterdam, bazzill brown, walnut creme (bazzill)
accessories; distress markers (ranger), brown satin ribbon (offray)

pile it on challenge; p is for - Peace
jelly park; Christmas
simon says stamp blog; anything goes
challenges for everybody; anything goes
allsorts; inspired by a christmas song (the holly and the ivy)
clear it out; stash item (all of it!!), anything goes


Lisa Carroll said...

Absolutely gorgeous! These colors are so rich and just stunning! :) Thanks for joining us over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week!

Barbara Godden said...

Awesome card,love the sketch and ribbon, that bow is fantastic, it meeds ti be franed, Thanks for playing along with us at Clear it out for the ATG challenge

brenda said...

A really delightful card, thank you so much for sharing with us at Allsorts challenge.

B x

Sandra Przybylska said...

I absolutely adore this, the black bow just fits there perfectly
Thank you for sharing this with us at jellypark


Sarah said...

Gorgeous festive card Loretta, I love the rich colours. Thank you so much for joining us at Allsorts for our Inspired by a Christmas Song/Carol challenge x

My name is Cindy said...

Hi Loretta! Just been looking round your blog (not exactly sure how I arrived here LOL). Had to say your cards are really beautiful. Regards, Cindy

Arnhilds Kreative hender said...

Gorgeous card. Arnhild

Anna Jasiolek said...

Very elegant X-mas card, love the papers. Thank you for joining our challenge at Pile It On and I hope you will come back again.
Anna xxx

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