Friday, 26 August 2016

A sleighful of gifts

Black card with image of gold sleigh filled with presents, "wishing you a merry christmas" sentiment

A theme challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown this week - Gifts.

52CCT Theme Challenge - Gifts

I thought I'd incorporate these with a lovely sleigh stamp I've been meaning to use for ages (personal "use something I've had for ages and not used" challenge met!). I couldn't remember exactly what it looked like, I hoped it was full of presents, but it wasn't. So I thought I'd fill it, using a tattered lace present die.

I also thought I'd use black coated card (Clarity Card) - which is very dramatic, but difficult to use, as every mark shows!

I started by stamping with versa mark and heat embossing in platinum.

Black card with image of gold sleigh stamped and embossed

I added a line for the ground, although I wasn't happy with it so changed it later.

I then die cut the present, in black and in Centura Pearl hint of gold. I backed them with the opposite colour, and also in gold.

Die cut presents and corners in black, gold and pearl white

Thinking I might need a few extras, I cut out a corner die, to use for bits of presents peeping out from behind the big ones.

For the sky, I used a star cluster from Lavinia's stamps. They are in chateau mica powder (on versamark ink) which is a really good match for the platinum embossing powder.

I cut a slit in the sleigh image, along the top of the die, and arranged the presents through it. Once I was happy with the layout, I taped them in place from behind, with a bit of super sticky as well to make sure they were secure.

I cut another section of black card to go over the lower section, to hide the mess I'd made, with the ground line and finger prints etc. I stamped a sentiment from Clarity, and also edged it with a versa mark pen.

Finally, after trimming the image down (removing more fingerprints etc from the edge!) I ran the versa mark pen around the edge and heat embossed for a frame, then mounted on an A5 card base made from Centura Pearl hint of gold, to tie in with the presents.

Black card with image of gold sleigh filled with presents, "wishing you a merry christmas" sentiment

I do like this colour combo, and I'm pleased with how the presents look in the sleigh, and the sleigh itself - the star pattern has come out beautifully. But I did battle with the glossy card - not an easy card to just knock out this one!


  1. What a stunning card! I love the striking colours you have used and it's such a great idea to use the corner punch in that way. Thanks for joining us at 52CCT, April x

    1. Thank you April. I do like it when I find a new way of using something.

  2. Stunning! I think this is so elegant - love the pile of presents. Thanks so much for playing along with 52CCT this week! Deborah, DT.

    1. Thanks Deborah. I think I'd be happy with that pile of presents beneath my tree on Christmas morning!

  3. This is really pretty. I love black and gold together and love the idea of the presents on the sleigh...very inventive


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