Thursday, March 13, 2008

Christmas in March???

I got some much deserved stamping time on Sunday afternoon but couldn't decide what I wanted to stamp. When I get in a stamping funk I tend to go to my stash of "favorite cards" (mostly made by my former monthly swap friends) for inspiration. As I looked through my cards on Sunday I kept coming back to a poinsettia card made by my friend Kisa. I loved the card when she sent it to me and even bought the TAC stamp she used solely because I loved her card. SO....even though it isn't Christmas, I decided to make a holiday card, if for no other reason than to get my stamping mojo going.
This card took me a LONG time. I think I had about 6 different renditions (including an exact CASE of Kisa's card) before I finally settled on this one. In fact I originally stamped the poinsettia, colored it with gamsol/pencils, added glitter, added Prima poinsettias and then sponged the white cardstock with real red (almost exactly what Kisa did, except I used different colors), but the real red sponging just wasn't working for me so I cut just the flower portion (without the leaves) off of this first attempt, re-stamped the whole image, re-colored, added glitter again and then I layered the first flower with dimensionals over the new image. I liked this look much better. Because the poinsettia image is pretty big I had a hard time fitting a sentiment onto the card. I didn't want to cover up the leaves because I had just spent a lot of time coloring them so I ended up cutting the lower corner out and layering the leaves over the sentiment. The background is a piece from the DCWV glitter mat pack that I ran through the Cuttlebug. The glitter on the poinsettia leaves is "Lions Mane" ultrafine from Art Institute.
In the end, I really liked how this one turned out....simple, but elegant (IMO).
Hope you all have a wonderful day!


Delia said...


This card is STUNNING!!! I love it!! Great job, I love Christmas cards all year long.

nessy said...

hey why not!! it`s stunning -nice to see these rich colours with all the yellows/greens and pale easter colours at the moment!!
should be framed!!
vanessa xx

Jennifer (SCS: jennifer-g) said...

Oh, it's super gorgeous and shiny and gorgeous! I love it. I LOVE the leaves hanging over the sentiment and I am coming over the steal those Prima pointsettias. I bet I can get away with it too since your neighbor thinks I am you! hahahaha.

Queen Kat said...

WOW! It's a bit early for Christmas for me, but that card rocks!

fairymadjo said...

wowwwwwwwww, ive started my xmas cards, its a very stunning card.again can i say x

Lesley said...

Beautiful card - it's a good idea to start early!! xx


Maureen said...

I absolutely LOVE it!!! Totally gorgeous and love how you layered the leaves over the sentiment - very creative!