The first Noel

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Last Friday, I met a group of friends and one of them gave out her Christmas cards – eek! And here’s me with a stack of cards and no idea whatsoever. Can you sense the creeping sense of hysteria in my voice? Enjoying making lots of cards for blog challenges though!!

Today I have made a card that since about October LAST year, I planned to make for Christmas THIS year. Then I realised that it would take forever, and that I would probably mess up quite a few, so it was not a sensible plan. However, I did enjoy making it.

City Crafter Challenge Blog have set the challenge of a Christmas easel. I decided to do a straightforward plain easel card. First I stamped the Noel, using a Clarity stamp, and heat embossed using gold poweder. I made a mask by cutting out the centre of the “O” and then using a torn piece of paper to define the snowy hill. I used Chipped Sapphire distress ink and a sponge to create the sky within the “O.” Next, I stamped a little tree, also using a Clarity stamp and then created a little shadow by stamping again. I then added some foilage using a mixture of stamps and more Chipped Sapphire. The blobs of snow were made using a white pen.

I made a mat from some blue paper and edged both this and the card with Noel on with a gold leaf. I added more snow to the backing paper.

For the “stopper” I used the same blue paper and edged it with gold, then mounted onto some white glossy card also edged with gold. I added in the snow using the white pen then topped with some snowflakes that were made using punches.

The finishing touches were some little blue gems and some blue stars.

The City Crafter Challenge Blog Design Team are an extremely friendly and supportive bunch and they always get a lovely selection of entries for their challenge. I was extremely excited and honoured to have a guest designer spot on their blog as a result of winning one of their challenges. So thank you CCCB ladies for helping me reach 10,000 hits, it’s hugely appreciated 🙂


The first Noel — 5 Comments

  1. Look at you with your Clarity stamps and look at what a fabulous job you have done with this card, stunning. Wow, I love it, Barbara could not have done better herself.

    Dionne xx

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