Saturday, 21 July 2018

Out of the ordinary

It's time for our theme challenge at the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.

Myrna has chosen an unusual but inspired theme:

I love this idea, and so many ways to be "non traditional".

I went for an animal not usually associated with Christmas, as well as a non Christmassy colour scheme.

I started with a Clarity stencil, and brushed through mustard seed distress ink.

To this base, I added distress oxides. I applied the ink to an acrylic block, spritzed with water then dabbed onto the card. I dried between colours. I used spiced marmalade, picked raspberry, twisted citron and broken china.

I had a splodge of the orange, so spritzed the card directly to  disperse it - and lost all trace of the stencil underneath!

So I put the stencil back into position and went through with fossilised amber distress oxide.

I wanted more definition, so put the card through the embossing machine with the stencil to emboss the swirls. I also stamped through the stencil with a dotty texture stamp, in spiced marmalade, to add more detail to the swirls.

I cut the card down to size, and added broken china distress oxide round the edge to frame, with a sponge.

For the topper I die cut a flamingo from the same card. The boots and scarf came with it, the hat I borrowed from another set.

I coloured all the pieces with distress oxides and a water pen.

I used a pen for the eye.

I also die cut a sentiment, and coloured in the same way.

To construct, I used foam pads to raise the flamingo, and foam tape to attach the whole to a 6x6 card blank.

The flamingo doesn't stand out so much in the photos, it does in real life!

I think this is really fun - and I had fun making it. Partly because I was sharing the table with hubby doing lego and daughter playing, so it was a lovely family afternoon.

Hubby says this is a traditional Floridean Christmas card - which just goes to show! As we aren't in Florida, I hope this still counts as non traditional.

To join in with this fabulous challenge, head to the 52CCT. You have until Friday 27th July to enter.


  1. c'est adorable Lucinda, ce flamant semble un peu psychédélique mais ce que c'est fun, j'ai presque choisi un flamant rose aussi...heureusement j'ai changé de personnage mais j'ai gardé le rose! biz

  2. It looks fab and is so unusual. Sure to make someone smile at Christmas. It's great that you have time to show and explain the progress. x

  3. This turned out just beautifully. I am so glad you enjoyed making it with hubby and your daughter.


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