Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Gold Poinsettia Christmas

Hi friends!  I'm still on a Christmas in July kick, and I've created this gold-themed Christmas card to share with you.  I was inspired to use gold because the challenge over on the Cheery Lynn Designs blog this week is to use Gold and/or Silver.

I've used a lot of products from Classy Cards 'n Such on this card so I will list them first and then go through the card-making process with you.

Poinsettia Strip die (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Holly Lace Flourish die (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Polynesian Sails Oval die (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Polynesian Sails Oval Angel Wing die (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Gold Leaf Curious Metallic cardstock
Christmas Sentiments stamp set (Impression Obsession)
Holiday Magic embossing folder (Spellbinders)
Holly Bright 6.5x6.5 paper pad

I started out by cutting the poinsettias from a dark red paper several times. I then stacked up different sizes and set a gold brad through the centers. To give these a bit more of a holiday flair, I rubbed some Platinum Stickles glitter glue around the edges with my finger. I set these aside to dry.

Next, I cut out the Polynesian Sails die from the Gold cardstock. I cut the matching Angel Wing from green plaid paper from the Holly Bright paper pad. I glued the gold die cut onto the green angel wing die cut and set these aside.

I stamped the sentiment onto vanilla cardstock and cut a notch out on the right side. While I had the vanilla cardstock out, I cut the Holly Lace Flourish several times.

I measured the oval dies to see what size my card base should be, and I ended up with a 9.5" x 6.25" vanilla card base, folded in half. The red layer is 1/4" smaller on all sides and the gold layer is 1/4" smaller than the red layer. I ran the gold layer (4.25" x 6") through the Holiday Magic embossing folder. This embossing folder is larger than regular embossing folders and it worked perfectly for this larger sized card.

Now, with the glitter glue dried on the poinsettias, I assembled my card. I glued the layers together for the card base, then I glued down the die cut oval piece. I affixed the three poinsettias to the left side of the oval and then arranged the sentiment so it would be visible above the flowers. Lastly, I had fun arranging the Holly Lace Flourish pieces all around the flowers until I got them the way I wanted them.

This card turned out so much better than I had "seen" it in my head. I love it! It's going to be hard to give this one away, but I think it would be just perfect for my grandparents. They are very special to me, and they deserve a special handmade card. :-)

You can use this code, Holly-10, to save 10% off your order at Classy Cards 'n Such.  You can order any of the above items I listed as well as many other dies, papers, embossing folders, and stamps.  You'll love shopping at Classy Cards 'n Such!  :-)   I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Cheery Lynn Designs #90 - Gold and/or Silver
Christmas Stampin #25 - Techniques (I used Dry Embossing)
Cut it Up #23 - Christmas in July
Fairy Tale #72 - Christmas in July
Robyn's Fetish #169 - Christmas in July
Sweet Stampin - Christmas in July


Cut It Up Challenge Blog said...

This is absolutely stunning. Beautiful details and colors.

Thanks for joining us at Cut it Up Challenge for our Christmas in July challenge!


Heather said...

Even though I am not a gold person, this is gorgeous!! So elegant with all those different dies. Those poinsettias are stunning, I'm going to have to go check those dies out. :) Thanks for playing with CSAYL.

Beth Norman said...

Wow, you used so many products and put so much work into this card. It's awesome!

Lori said...

Very elegant card and I like the way you left some of the little dots in the Polynesian Sails.

Lori said...

OH...forgot to say thank you for joining us this week with the Cheery Lynn Challenge and best of luck.

Laurence said...

What a great card!! Thanks for sharing it with us at Robyn's Fetish Challenge.

Laurence DT

Creative M said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS!!!
Thank you for joining us at Cut It Up Challenges.
Have a wonderful day,
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Bianca said...

What a lovely card for christmas! Thank you for joining us at Fairytale Challenge! xx Bianca

Hazel said...

I saw your lovely Christmas card on Always playing with paper Merry Monday - you might also like to enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for July - I'd love to see it there too. x

Debby said...

Very pretty and well done.
angel hugs

mixamatoasties said...

Very pretty card.

Thanks for sharing at Sweet Stampin' this week.

Susan x

xxxtglxxx said...

What a stunning creation! I love your card, its gorgeous!

Thanks so much for joining us at Cheery Lynn Designs this week,



beadz said...

Holly, this is lovely! Thank you so much for joining us this week for the Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge and good luck!