Thursday, April 19, 2012

Christmas Dove

Have you started your Christmas cards yet?  LOL!  The challenge I am entering tonight is from Always Playing With Paper for their Merry Monday #16 (Merry Christmas) Challenge.

I haven't thought about Christmas cards for several months, but there's no time like the present to start thinking of ideas. I decided that I'd do something decidedly different than what I have been doing lately.

I selected a stamp set from Stampin' Up! that will be discontinued at the end of May (Gifts of Christmas) and two in-colors that will be discontinued (Poppy Parade and Pear Pizaazz.  I made the background pieces by creating my own designer paper stamping the same image all over the paper.  I cut the strips and distressed the edges.  

For the center piece I took Versamark ink and stamped the dove image and heat embossed it with iridescent ice embossing powder to give it a little sparkle. I took several pictures but I wasn't able to get the sparkle to show.  I sponged the two ink colors over the main image piece and rubbed off excess ink from the embossed area.

I took some leaves cut with a Sizzix Embosslit cut out of scraps of the in-color pad paper and inked a little of Poppy Parade over it.  I then sprayed a little Smooch to give them a little shimmer.

The especially nice thing is that I only used white cardstock (except for the small scraps I used on the leaves).  With a little ink anything is possible!

So, again, have you started on your Christmas cards yet?


  1. Beautiful colours and lovely image.

  2. Love the embossing technique you used with this pretty stamp Karin, the idea of using nothing new is also a great one! So happy you joined in at Merry Monday!

  3. This is such a pretty card. I love that embossing technique and it looks fantastic with the two colors. very classy and festive!

  4. Beautiful soft colours, very pretty.