Monday, 3 April 2017

Missed a beat....

Oh dear, I'm very late posting my design team card for the latest Christmas Card Throwdown challenge.

I love this challenge, musical notation is so lovely to craft with.

For my first card I've made a version of this Valentine's card, from February.

I started with card cut to size for an A6 card blank, and brushed over with antique linen distress ink to age it. I then stamped my music notation, in archival black. I've had this large stamp for years, I don't know the brand.

It wasn't quite tall enough, so I repeated a section at the bottom.

I then stamped around the edge using the smaller holly and ivy stamp from the Clarity set. (I got this as I love the sentiment font, but haven't used that yet!) I stamped in pine needles distress ink.

As this is an outline stamp, it needed filling in. I brushed round the edge with the distress ink, then applied some to a blending mat and used a paint brush with a little water to paint into the leaves.

While that dried, I sorted out my toppers. I stamped a sentiment from a Sara Davies traditional Christmas set that fitted with the musical theme! I then stamped a frame around it and cut out. I also cut some musical notes with a punch, then stamped onto them with the musical stamp and the holly and ivy stamp. All on kraft card with black archival ink.

I edged the background with a dark green sharpie, then wrapped some gold elastic around, secured with tape on the back. 

I added some gold gilding wax to the toppers as well.

I used some kraft to give a border around the card, then onto the card blank. The toppers I mounted with foam pads, to lift them up a little.

I have to admit, I haven't done the insert or envelope for this one yet!

The kraft notes blend in more in real life than in the photo, I was worried about them disappearing (hence the gilding wax).

Despite the clear link to my valentine's card, I think this one has a character all its own.

To join in with this challenge, go to the Christmas Card Throwdown. You have until Friday 14th April, midnight BST, to enter.


  1. What a lovely card you made and your background are just adorable :-)) Hugs, Andreja

    1. Thanks Andreja. Music score is such an attractive starting point, I love this challenge theme x

  2. Superbe, l'encadrement avec ces feuilles de houx est parfait et lui donne toute sa poésie, biz

    1. Merci beaucoup Fabiola. Je suis très content avec mes feuilles de houx, je les utiliserai autre fois.

  3. Wow! This is fabulous! I love the way you've framed the music with the Christmas foliage. I do like the vintage look you've created. Fab! xxx

    1. Thanks Deborah. This foliage stamp is going to be very useful I think! I love the vintage look, which is good as it always works well for Christmas!


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