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10/05/2014

Christmas Card Club - Carol Singers

Good Morning and today it's Christmas Card Club Sunday. Our group submits cards every other Sunday with a theme decided upon by one of the members. Today our theme was chosen by Sweet Sue P. of Planet Susie and her choice was Carol Singers.

The card I finished is not what I started out to make. I have had the Tim Holtz Carolers die for a while, and when I saw Sue's choice, I thought "Aha, finally will use this die". So cut some chipboard  & black cardstock using this die. Layered these together, and then discovered, the images are quite a bit larger than appropriate for the size of card I usually make. So what to do? Remembered another PBlack image in the stash, with Caroling Penguins and thought "These are carol singers too" so off I go last evening to hunt up this stamp. (and not so easy to do in the mess I have! LOL).

Had made up some backgrounds after seeing this pretty card over at Benzi's (she has a link to the SCS tutorial for this alcohol marker marbling technique). So basically all I needed to do was stamp the image using Staz On Black, and do a little coloring. Just loved the result I got trying this new-to-me technique with copics.

 
 
- Copic alcohol markers in shades of blue were scribbled over a taped Ziploc baggie in random splodges, then spritzed with rubbing alcohol from a spray bottle. Then a piece of glossy cardstock was placed down on the wet ink and lifted. You can see the lovely marbling achieved. Please do visit Benzi's tutorial link to the Splitcoast Stampers video showing exactly how to do this. It's such fun (and easy too!).
 
- PB Caroling penguins stamped in Black Staz On since I didn't know how my usual Memento black tuxedo would work over the glossy marbling. Stamped the same image on 3 different Christmas patterned papers, cut out the hats & scarves and did some paper piecing. Once the pieces were glued to the main image, highlighted with some copic markers and spica pens.
 
- Beaks & feet were colored with yellow, then orange Spica pens. Decided to try Orange Wink of Stella and liked the darker look much better.  White gel pen around the hat fur & pom-pom. Thought about adding some glitter while the ink was wet, decided not to. Some Spica green & red on the holly that is on the song books.
 
- Stickles Star dust added for the snow flakes and snow, and then added some Sparkle n Sprinkle Twinkling Clouds for the dusting of snow.
 
- Memory Box Lamp die - light colored with WoS. Sentiment is from the PB stamp set.
 
- Silver glitter mat, then placed over another marbled c/s before adhering to the card base.
 
Thanks for joining me today. Will be back in a bit with a 2nd post. Do check out the other Christmas Cards submitted to our challenge by the Club Members that are listed in the side bar. Big Hugs. Enjoy your day.
 
 

Here's the plastic baggie taped down over a piece of paper the size of the card stock used to marble. The underneath paper serves as a template to aid in placing the marker colors. Bottle is labeled as to contents. Do please check out the tutorial video..it's fun to watch it.

Edit: Also linking this to the Penny Black and More October Challenge: Get Ahead for Christmas and CHNC Challenge Extra for October. (Thanks, Hazel - for reminding me!)

39 comments:

Sue said...

Gorgeous card Mary!! love those penguins lol great tutorial too lots of huggles Sue xxx

KT Fit Kitty said...

This is beautiful, Mary! I love how you made the background! Looks like fun - I'm going to go check out the tutorial!

Hazel said...

Perfect card, Mary, for Sue's CCC challenge - love the image you chose (would love to see it at CHNC challenge extra for October too) x

cuilliesocks said...

Hello Mary, wonderful card, love your little penguins, your design is just perfect too, hugs Kate x

Hazel said...

A beautiful cute card with those Carole singers. Love it. Hazel xx

Lisa said...

This is so beautiful!! The background looks amazing!! Those little penguins are so sweet singing their hearts out!! Love this my friend!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

dutchess said...

Wow I just love that background!....perfectly sets offyour adorable images Mary....a really fabulous card xxxxx

Planetsusie said...

Another penguin card to make me smile Mary - I don't know what it is about penguins but I always chuckle when I see them. This is really lovely and thank you for pointing me in the direction of the tut. video - I shall be having a look later on.

Hugs to you Sue Pxxx

Hazel said...

cf.he.evans@btinternet.com. The only problem being Mary I do everything from my iPad, so find it difficult to do a lot of things. Husband has the big computer, he still helps with work things even with being retired for a few years. So I stay clear of using the big one. But I will try to see if it will work from the iPad, I am not that good with techno stuff, grandson aged 6 is better than myself. But I will give it a go and thank you for offering to help. Hazel xx

Jacee said...

Fabulous card Mary, you've done a smashing job on this, I love it!
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Pippa said...

Just love those penguins! I must have a go at that technique with the pens and plastic bag myself. Thank you for sharing it.

Sarah said...

A brilliant card Mary and more fabulous inkiness!! xx

Christine Harrop said...

Penguins obviously like to sing Mary!! A grate card and the background is terrific. Thanks for sharing the link. Hugs Christine xx

Benzi said...

Oh, Mary...I'm so glad you tried the tutorial. It is so easy and so much fun. You can scrunch your ziplock bag, too, if you want. What I like is you always get a different look. Great job and your background looks awesome. I'm so happy you liked mine and wanted to go for it!!!

jimlynn said...

I'll have to check out that tutorial now! COOL look for the background!!! Love that caroling image and the lamp post. Great job!
Lynn

Kathleen said...

Fabulous card and a great Technique you have used here.

Kath x

JD/ Jill said...

What a cute image...made a lovely Christmas card!

Mrs A. said...

Lovley background Mary. such a sweet stamped image too. Just had a look at SCS and read the tutorial. thanks for that. hugs Mrs A.

Carol said...

Love this Mary....another gorgeous PB stamp which I keep thinking I need! Your background looks fabulous, must check out the tutorial and buy some alcohol to use. Carol x

crafty-stamper said...

Great card and love the fun image and texture
Carol

Rainey's Craft Room said...

This is a great card Mary, it is always fun to try a new technique and to have the fab results that you did. That background really reminds me of a cold and frosty winters night. Cute image too.
Lorraine

Carol L said...

TFS the tutorial for making this beautiful background! Those penguins look so cheerful singing their songs! Adorable card!

Granmargaret said...

Lovely card

Liz said...

Such cute penguins, and I love yor background! Thanks for the tutorial. xx

brenda said...

An adorable Christmas card Mary, just perfect for our theme.

Thanks so much for joining in at Penny Black and More challenge.

B x

Lucy Woods said...

Gorgrous! The marbling looks so great and love the stamp!
Lucy x

Faith A said...

What a fun card, love it ALL.

Brenda said...

OMGoodness, this is such a cute card Momma Mary! I love that lamp post die and of course those caroling penguins are adorable. Love the marbling technique but I haven't tried it yet. Yours came out awesome! Hugs, Brenda

Zoe Tant said...

Fab card Mary. I love the marbling effect it's perfect scene for those cute penguins. Zx

Bonnie said...

Another awesome background! Love the penguins too!

MagsB said...

Those Penguins are so cute! And your background is delicious, hun, the marbling looks fantastic!

love Mags B x

Pat said...

I love the three caroling pengins and the way you have paper pieced the hats and scarves Mary, with the pretty blue background on the shiny card, and also the added MB lamp which works well with the WOS lamplight, this is a beautiful card. x

Loll Thompson said...

Hi Mary. Your carolers are so adorable and sure to bring a smile to whomever receives this sweet card! :) Love the marbling alcohol inks technique, but haven't had time to try it out yet ... you have aced it!! Loll xx

linda said...

aww, cute card mary and the background is very unique! thank you so much for playing along with us this month at penny black and more.
linda

scrappymo! said...

You are always such an expert at describing the techniques you have used. This looks great. Love that PB image and your wonderful background!

nwilliams6 said...

Another fun technique and I love how you described it. Darling image and perfect die cut and glitter. A truly fun card Mary. Hugz!

Whisper said...

Oooo i so want that image, and a great layout too.

We would love it if you joined in our Candy giveaway too that's on at PB & More and good luck, Luv Sam x

Tracy said...

I love this image. Thanks for joining Penny Black & More. Good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Hazel said...

Thank you for sharing your lovely crafting for my CHNC challenge extra for October - hope to see you again soon x