Monday, April 28, 2014

My First Almost Christmas Card!

PARTRIDGE IN PEAR TREE
I have had this image forever and to prove it, it is from Rubber Stampede and I could not find it for sale anywhere but on EBay.

IMAGE:
  1. Stamped on white cardstock with Brilliance Galaxy Gold and heat gun used to dry the ink.   The pears were stamped again and the leaves too.  They were all fussy cut.  They were painted with twinks, and all but leaves turned over and embossed from the back with stylus.  Added Glossy Accents to bird's eye.  After it was mounted I brushed on Wink of Stella Brown. It looks great next to the Galaxy Gold.
BACKGROUND:
  1. (To the best of my recollection) - This BG was done eons ago, just like the image!!  Stamped a fern here and there on natural cardstock with VersaMark, covered with Clear EP, and embossed.
  2. Spayed Radiant Rain Fern here and there, sprayed with Radian Rain Solar Gold, sprayed with a little water to mix a little and then laid aside to dry.  
  3. Heated with heat gun to dissolve the Clear EP.  BE careful not to burn if you try this.  Laid aside for years. ;-)
  4. Added the green trellis leave border stamp with Memento Bamboo Leaves and painted leaves with twinks.
CARD FRONT AND FOLD PREP:
  1. Two die cuts from white cardstock and 2 die cuts from white text paper.  The text cuts are to line the backs of the cardstock die cuts so it looks more finished.  The nerd in me.... ;-).  They were put together like it describes in my tutorial HERE   Cut two smaller die cuts from white cardstock for inside top decor.
  2. Used the largest die as stencil on the prepared BG and mounted to cardstock side; added ribbon across the front and taped in the middle on back.

ASSEMBLED:
  1. Mounted bird in middle of front.  Mounted pears on back for inside top.
  2. Used largest die inside to trace pieces of BG for inside top and bottom as shown.
  3. Added a corner of BG to envy (Peeled top layer of cardstock so it is thin); peeled of top layer of 2 leaves and added to the corner of envy.
  4. Embellishments added are:  Viva Ice White Pearl was added to dots on BG pieces and to make a heart on envy; baby half hearts were added to front and inside card as shown.
If nothing else it's a loving start toward Christmas!!!  Thanks for stopping by to look and share!

 Shirley

SUPPLIES:

39 comments:

Beth said...

Absolutely gorgeous my friend and you could use that image for anytime of year.

Helena (Gvendalen) said...

So lovely cars, Shirley, I love it!
hugs, Helena

Patti P. said...

Wow, Shirley, this is one gorgeous card! I love each and every beautiful thing about it. That image is lovely. I started out earlier this year working on some Christmas cards but have slowed down, maybe you will inspire me to get back on it.
hugs...

Donna B. said...

What a gorgeous card Shirley!! I love how you colored it! I've never used those Twinkling H2Os but you are a master at them. It's never too early to start on Christmas cards!

BTW, I on the card you asked me about I used Gelatos from the big starter set you get a Michaels. I've also purchased some individually at Ellen Hutson.

Valerie Nolan said...

Beautiful card Shirley, I love that stamp so many lovely elements:)
Val x

Patti J said...

Oh my goodness, Shirley - this is stunning! I totally love it! Can't say enough good about it! Thanks for sharing!

Ann said...

Wow, gorgeous creation Shirley! Your blog is very fancy too; I need to update mine, but I'm afraid I'll mess up if I try... :0)
Glad to see you using your beautiful twinkling paints...also you had asked me about Silks, and maybe it's because I'm used to watercolor, but I did add water to mine when using them. I suppose I should have used Golden medium or something, but I just added a bit of distilled water.

Crafting Queen said...

Stunning card, love the shape. Have a great day.

Benzi said...

Shirley, I love a hinged filigree card. Your pears are just beautiful and so is that wonderful background and envie.

It's all beautiful!!!

Anne Temple said...

This is gorgeous! Love the colors and the dimension you've added with the stylus. The inside is gorgeous too.

Beebeebabs said...

Absolutely beautiful card as always - love the border thanks for sharing!!!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Shirley, your design is gorgeous, love your colouring as well. Take good care, Shirleyx

Barbara Bruder said...

Shirley, your card is stunning. I love the image you've used. What a great start to Christmas cards for 2014.Love how you did the inside as well.

Deepti said...

This is so gorgeous!! love all the detailed work that went into it and the amazing colors :)

Beth Norman said...

Wow, what a beautiful and stunning card. Your image is lovely. I love how full the front of your card is.

Donna Ellis said...

gorgeous gorgeous GORGEOUS! Oh my! I love this card so much, Shirley! I wondered about the details - unsure if it was a die cut - as I pack up my craft room, I am falling in love with all my old stamps again, and long to use them. Your card is amazing, Shirley. And pinned, of course! hugs, de

Karen Amidon said...

My, you've been a busy lady! This is wonderful Shirley. Gorgeous background and love what you did with your image. You always share so many fun techniques, thanks.

Greta said...

Wow--this better go to someone very special, Shirley! Gorgeous work--love the envelope, too!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Applause! Good job getting a start on Christmas, Shirley! Your partridge and pears are really pretty!! Hugs, Darnell

Katie said...

Great card! Love that background! Love all of the greens, and the double pears inside. Great job. Thanks for sharing.

Katie B.

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

How pretty this is. You've shown an adorable way to use a stamp for more than just Christmas. Thank you by the way for the information about the pop-up window. I changed my blog as I find it so much easier commenting at others blogs with that set in place.
Bear Hugs,
Carol

Cara Malmrose said...

Love this Shirley! Awesome Christmas card!

Bonnie said...

What a wonderful partridge in a pear tree, Shirley! Love the fancy card base! I got these dies for Christmas and haven't opened them yet. Think I'll go do that right now!

Colleen Dietrich said...

Gorgeous partridge and pears, Shirley! I enjoy seeing Christmas cards all 'year round, tho I have not made any in a few months myself.

MaryH said...

Hi Shirley, Hope your part of NC is not getting any of this 'weather stuff'. We've missed it so far, but told to watch each day. Saw your link at Mary Mac's over at Rudy Day, so had a quick zip over to see what was going on. I'm loving this card. #1, that's one of my fav S/Bs. That WoS on the card is brilliant too. Don't you just love those markers? Saw a neat video last night with WoLuna, and trying to find some (reasonably priced!) They look even more fun. I really like your background. Radiant Rain spray? Don't know that. Think I have some RRain (old stuff) in the tiny pots. Wonder if that would mix up into a spray? So many good ideas from this post, my friend. This is a lovely, well done card, and that fussy cutting...um hummm! Take care. TFS & Hugs

Diane said...

Shirley, this is gorgeous!!! What a beautiful start on your Christmas cards!! Love it!! PS: I have blog candy for the month of May if you would like to stop by!!

Conniecrafter said...

Oh wow that is just Beautiful, so love that background and the dimension and color that you gave to the bird!!

Joan Ervin said...

WOW!!! Is this ever pretty....such a lovely image and the envie looks fabulous, too!!!!

Stamping With Bibiana said...

love love that stamp...OMG why they go out??? beautiful shaped card too
TFS
bibiana

Gay Peplow said...

Gorgeous card Shirley, I love the way you co ordinate with the insides too :D Gay x

joy said...

What a nice card, Shirley! And, what a beautiful blog you have, too. Thank you for visiting my blog and becoming a follower! I appreciate your sweet comment, too.

redwasher1 said...

Wow so beautiful!! Love everything about this !!

Sue Lelli said...

Now I'm singing! BEAUTIFUL stamp - no wonder you wanted it! LOVE your card, Shirley!

jimlynn said...

Shirley, that framework is absolutely gorgeous as is the image and everything else. I do believe this is one of the prettiest cards I've even seen!!! Outstanding!
Lynn

Lisa S. said...

You have such a way of making the images stand out. This Christmas card is beautiful and I love it! xx

Lee-Anne said...

Shirley...love this sparkling beauty! That fancy die cut frame is so pretty too! You really go the extra mile to make everything perfect inside and out :)

Cara Malmrose said...

I know what you mean about having images for a long time Shirley as I have stamps I can't even find on Ebay! LOL
Gorgeous Christmas card. I love how you decorate the inside as well.
I stamp the heck out of the back of my cards with little off the wall sayings and stuff (my personal "hallmark") but never think of using that blank canvas on the inside too!

Pat (mspfd) said...

This is beautiful inside and out. What a wonderful card!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Oh my gosh Shirley this is stunning. Love the partridge, pears and your design. Beautiful colouring. I've missed some of your posts, I've been extremely busy these days & cannot keep up. Love the card on the previous post as well. Take care, Shirleyx ps..thanks for your comments at my blog, much appreciated :)

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