Keeping Christmas Inspiration Hop - March 2018

Good Morning!

Happy Sunday!

It's the 25th of the month, so you know what that means? 

It's time for another
Keeping Christmas Inspiration Blog Hop!

Every month on the 25th we will be sharing Christmas cards to help spark some holiday creativity throughout the year, 
so that by the time the Christmas holiday is here we have some cards all ready in our stash.

I had several different things floating around in my head this month and of course, when it came time to create my card, it took a completely different turn than how it started.  I went from planning rainbow dots and plaids to gold.  
STAMPS: Plaid background stamp (Catherine Pooler); Polka Dot background stamp (Catherine Pooler); Sentiment from Here We Go A Caroling of Winterhaven Collection (Catherine Pooler); Deer, bird, rabbit from Winter Woodland (Catherine Pooler); Gold stripe from Love is in the Air SOA (Catherine Pooler).
PAPER: White Cardstock (Neenah 110 lb Solar Crest);  Gold foil paper; black cardstock (Catherine Pooler).
INK: Midnight (Catherine Pooler); Versamark.
EXTRAS: Winter Woodland die set (Catherine Pooler); small doily die (Catherine Pooler); gold gems from stash.

I recently purchased some of the newest release by Catherine Pooler, including a polka dot background stamp.  I love her plaid background stamp and I knew the two together would just be evern more fun and fabulous!

There's a lot of stamping on this card.  I started by stamping the polka dot and plaid background stamps each halfway with Versamark and heat embossing with WOW superfine gold.  I love that gold plaid! <swoon> .  I trimmed up both the polka dot and plaid pieces, leaving a 1/4 inch border of my white cardbase.  I cut a thin strip of black cardstock and stamped the braided line and embossed it in gold as well then adhered it on top of the other two. I die cut a gold circle and a white small doily, then stamped the sentiment on the white doily piece and adhered the whole doily to the gold circle.

Next, I stamped the deer and rabbit in Midnight and embossed with clear emboss powder to give them a little shine.  I stamped and embossed the bird and antlers in gold.  I added a few gold gems for the finishing touch.

This card seems like a lot of work, but after pulling the stamps and dies together, it really didn't take much time, particularly since I just inked up half of the background stamps.  This could also be created using pattern paper instead of background stamps and embossing.  Using paper would speed up the process, but I had to see both those background stamps gold embossed together at least once.

Come and hop along with us and visit each team member's blog below for some festive holiday cheer and inspiration. 

Keeping Christmas Blessings!

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Kelly Lunceford said...

I love graphic and bold, but with all the warmth of Christmas! Those papers are fabulous!!!

DIANA L. said...

Beautiful I love the gold foil, your card is so elegant

Nora N. said...

Oh this is stunning!! I LOVE all that gold!!

Susan said...

Love the gold and black colour scheme! Very elegant!

Christine Alexander said...

Love the colour combo of gold and black. Perfect for those sweet deer :)

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

Oh, all that gold embossing in the background is delightful. Such a fun, but totally classy card!

Kim Heggins said...

Oh my goodness....this is simply the most adorable Christmas card ever! Love your sweet critters!

Bonnie said...

Paper just couldn't compete with the gold embossed plaid and polka dots, Nance! I'm swooning myself! Love the pop of the black "critters"! So sweet! Wow!

sansuey said...

I was loving on your card and then got distracted by the cute dog and cat pics to the right! Great card. I especially love the use of the animal dies and the printed papers. I will use this as inspiration--thank you!