Thursday, November 11, 2010

Christmas Clear

It took me ages to finish this card but here it is finally. A lot of thinking and inking and voila, it's done. But before I show you the final outcome have a look at the state of my desk for the past week. My thinking cap was on all the time but the bulb just wouldn't glow. So ladies at WOYWW, a late sneak peek for you here!

Until a few days later when I came up with this. The only problem? Now, I have to find envelopes in which to fit it as, silly me, I decided to go for 14.5 by 14.5cm and have none of this size at the moment. If you're interested, visit the video that inspired me on Hero Arts by Shari Caroll. Although I must say, I had to give it a little twist as I still don't have an electronic die cutting machine.


Wassail paper pack by Basic Grey
Antique Linen, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo distress ink
Ice Crystal by Cuttlebug
XCut Corner punch
White Embossing powder by Zing
Papermania sparkling trims
Old Letter stamp by Hero Arts
Sentiment free with magazine
Tub-O-Button from Hobby Crafts
Raffia by Papermania
White printing paper


Sizzix Big Shot die cutting machine

How to:

  1. Distress a piece of white card stock with fired brick, peeled paint and antique linen. Stamp the background with old letter and die cut the snowflake.
  2. Die cut a circle round the snowflake, draw a circle using a nestie that's a size bigger and cut. Die cut the scalloped circle and mat them as shown, with the white paper showing through the snowflake window. Embellish with a button and a raffia.
  3. Cut a 14.5 by 14.5 cm transparancy. Cut a strip 6 by 14.5 cm Spruce paper, attach a piece of ribbon and mount on card.
  4. Cut a small rectangle and round the edges with the punch. Stamp the greeting.
  5. Assemble as shown.

This card fits the bill for two challenges. The one at Cute Card Thursday and The ABC Challenge.


Merry said...

That is so pretty....

esther a.k.a. craftyvox said...

Hi there! Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog :)

I recognize your envelope-size problem! When I was thinking up our wedding invitations, I knew I wanted to use a pocketfold but had to come up with an altered version to fit A4 paper (as it was impossible to find 11x17" paper here, which was used for pretty much all the templates I found online). Making a A4 fitting template wasn't that difficult.. I just hadn't realized that I also needed to find matching/fitting enveloppes which prooved a lot more difficult! The first pack of enveloppes I bought ended up being way to large (they were A5 hihi, and the invitation were 12x18cm) - I eventually found them on a UK website and had them ordered in! :)

I hope you've been able to find matching envelopes by now! :)


Sherry said...

Fabulous card, well worth all the time and effort you put in.

Thanks for already visiting my beady desk - LOL.

Sherry (122) xx

Cecelia said...

Beautiful card! I love all the colors and the accetate card is great! Hope your week is going well;0)

Cecelia B

karen said...

Wow! This card is beautiful! Well worth the "thinking and inking"!
Thanks for visiting me and Happy WOYWW!

alexa said...

Thank-you for those great instructions - I love that background paper you made on your desk, and am in love with your lettering stamp. I'd hide it away if I were you!

Suzie Q said...

Stunning card!
Suzie qx

Artyjen said...

Lovely card :)
Thanks for visiting my desk....your thoughts were of course correct :) It's got to be crafting when you look at it like that LOL
xoxo Sioux

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Very pretty! i especially like your background with its color wash of dif. hues.
Patsy from

Anonymous said...

Great card and thanks for the tutorial! Thanks for visiting my blog. x Aisling # 80

kelly said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog. I was reading your WOYWW, and I then realised that it was your last one. Hope you are feeling better. The good thing about separate craft spaces is that you can close them off and forget them for a day or two.

Have a great weekend.


minnie_mac said...

Beautifully composed card.


Charlene said...

Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog! Your workspace is so nice and neat! I love, love this card! Thanks for the instructions...I have this die so can't wait to try it!!

Sue, a.k.a. midwestgirl said...

Very lovely and the instructions are very helpful! Thanks for your comment on my blog! (WOYWW)

Anonymous said...

Hi Josianne

thanks for visiting my blog..
wow! what an amazing card you made.. love the colors!! its fall + winter mixed into one! lovely!

Shirley Pumpkin said...

I love how the snowflake looks.. and it looks like lots of work went into it too.. thanks for the comment on my blog..

Shirley Pumpkin #50

Angenita said...

Thanks for stopping by at my blog.
I love the design for this card. Thanks for sharing how you made it.

Kym's Crafty Cards said...

What a lovely work to craft in you have. What a gorgeous Christmas card you have made. Thanks for sharing your workspace. Best wishes, Kym xxx (WOYWW No 36)

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Thanks for your sneak peak. Your cards looks fantastic, love the snowflake and the colours you've used.

Deb said...

stunning card, love it, many thanks for joining in the CCT challenge, hugs Debx

Lavinia said...

Hello Josianne! Nice to meet you & thank you for your lovely comments on my blog! My cat follows me everywere and gets very jelouse, hence the sat on the laptop protest, maybe I should entice him "out" of the room with bacon so I can get some crafting done!Love you card & the colour combo here its fab! Nice stamping too!Think you might be my First Maltees visitor! I love your island and have visited it often with my parents from being very young! Think I have been there 10-11 times & it looks like I will be visiting next year for the first time in 10 years! Cant wait!
Lavinia #120

Sunshine Girl said...

Lovely card! thanks for visiting my blog this week.

Daniele said...

I love the background to your snowflake....lovely card thanks for the peek

Chrissie said...

Just fabulous!
I think I may be having a go at this technique!
Chrissie #11

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

It's bad enough that I am running nearly a week late, then I have been plagued with that pesky 503 error all morning. Just wanted to drop in and let you know I was here this week. I really MUST try this technique. Thanks for sharing. Hope to see you tomorrow, too.

Craftgirl said...

The end result is gorgeous. Great technique

Donna said...

Gorgeous card and wonderful colours. Thanks for joining us at ABC this time.
Donna x