Thursday, April 20, 2017

Christmas Holly Blessings

Hi there, 
Today I'd like to share with you a card made using the pretty Christmas Holly Blessings Set 841 from the April Reveal..
I began by stamping the image on white cardstock with Memento Olive Grove. I fussy cut around the vase and die cut the piece with Memory Box Cross Stitched Frame Borders, using the out of the box technique (placing the edge of the vase over the top of the frame so it doesn't get cut off).
Next I colored the vase with the Nuvo Fine and Medium Tip Glue Pens and left it till it got tacky, then I applied Nuvo Gilding FlakesRadiant Gold to the vase for a lovely shiny appearance.
The image was colored with Copics: BG93, YG03, G99, R29 and then I began going over the berries with the Nuvo Red Berry Crystal Drops. It is best to apply the drops a little at a time, leaving space around them and letting them dry before going in and applying more, otherwise they will run in to one another and become one big blob.
At this point I made my background, which was a white piece of cardstock, run through a Cardmaker Magazine Holly Embossing Folder. This was then daubed with Spring Green Nuvo Embellishment Mousse.
The berries were also applied to the border in stages, like the image. Sentiment, from the set was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Gold Detail. This was cut out from one of the smaller dies from the MB die set and was sponged with Lady Bug Memento ink before the die was removed. Three little Red Berry drops were added to the sentiment and then both the image and sentiment were popped up with mounting tape onto the background , which had been previously layered to red cardstock with 1/4" Tear-ific Tape.
That finishes off my card for today. Hope you've enjoyed my share? 
I'd like to play in the following challenges with my card:
Christmas at Sweet Stamping: April - Anything Christmas
Holly and the Ivy Challenge: Anything Christmas
Make My Monday: Challenge #44: Embossing Heat or Dry
Here is a list of the products used in my project. Click on the product and it will take you directly to the SNS store, where they can be purchased.
Thanks for stopping by today,


  1. Oh Shona, I love this card so much! It's bright and elegant and just a wonderful showecase of the beautiful flowering tree. I love how you showcase products. Your cards are always amazing! ♥

  2. Oh wow this has turned out just amazing. Thank you for the picture tutorial too. I love seeing how projects are created from scratch. This is just super fantastic and great work.
    Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT Registered Owners/Admin for World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

  3. I really love this look! It has an elegance and flair with the out of the box cutting technique of the holly with the gold vase. And, the embossed frame does wonders for it as well. I like the fact that this is a flat card for mailing.

  4. Great card and alot of effort doing it.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Angie DT for

  5. Beautiful card, lovely elegant design, that background looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing with us at Sweet Stampin' Christmas Challenge.

  6. Shona, how wonderfully festive and gorgeous! I love the mousse on your dry embossed background. Hadn't thought of doing that, and it's an exquisite technique. I especially like the berries around the embossed frame. Thanks for the tips about layering the application of the berries. I had not thought of that, either. Lovely vase, and beautiful colors. Fantastic card, Shona! Hugs, de

  7. Oh how lovely! The embossed frame goes so well with the image. Great job!

  8. What a lovely Christmas card! Love your embossing. Glad you played along with us at MMM.


  9. Shona your Christmas card is beautiful. Lovely embossing. thank you for joining us over at Crafty Gals Corner Challenge. Hope to see you again soon. Jana DT/CGCC

  10. Beautiful card Shona, I love how you did the embossed frame, sets the image off so perfectly, and the vase with the Nuvo flakes is stunning as well!!

  11. BEAUTIFUL card, love the vase out of teh frame and the vibrant Christmas colours, just Gorgeous.

  12. Wow this is really a beautiful christmas card , I just love the branche and the beautiful embossing!!
    Have fun!!

  13. What a gorgeous make...Thank you for sharing with us at World Wide Open...And good luck..Hope to see you again soon..

    Caz x
    [Caz DT for World Wide Open DT Challenge]
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