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9/06/2015

Christmas Card Club - Christmas Carol

Good morning, and here we are - another month closer to Christmas. Can you believe how fast this year has flown by? Before we start on the Christmas Card Club share, please help me welcome two lovely new followers:

April C. of Paper Lily Leaf and Alice P. of Scrap & C
 
Both these very talented bloggers are fairly new to Blogland, and it would be a big Happy if you have some time to pop round to say Hello. I had the pleasure of meeting both these Bloggers over at the Snippets Playground recently, and spent a nice afternoon just 'strolling' around to see all the projects they have shared. So do yourself a favor: grab a cup of something nice, and go for a 'stroll'.
 
There is a group of cardmakers who make Christmas Cards all year long, and share a specifically themed card every two weeks. This week the challenge theme was Christmas Carols, chosen by our sweet Rita of RMG Creations. Rita does many different kinds of crafts (makes some gorgeous boxes and wonderful handmade bears), but she always shares a wonderful card. So here is my interpretation of Christmas Carols:
 
 
 
- Stampendous cling stamp, We Three Kings - inked with Versamark, sprinkled some gold, red and Christmas Green glitter over each king, and heat embossed.This image was fussy cut and adhered flat to the background. Added some gold stickles on the star, along with a gold pearl for the center. The star's gold embossing did not show up as well on the blue background, so the gold stickles helped. Used a WoS pen to add some trim color on the Kings' headpieces. The gold in the center King was added with a WoS brush marker, because the open area looked too 'white'. Thought about coloring the rest of the robe, decided to just leave the embossed surface as is.
 
- Impression Obsession Cover a Card music background was embossed with white EP, then sprayed with various shades of Dylusions After Midnight. (Full strength, diluted with water, diluted with white). Once dried, used a small star stencil with some pearl embossing paste. (This stencil was a sweet surprise from Lynn some time ago). As you can see, the stencil has various sizes of stars, which just fit into the space where the embossing didn't get done as well ...but I liked the effect of the starry night sky. There is a navy card base but it's not showing well because of the navy background used to line the light box for the photo. 
 
- Free font from DaFonts.com. to generate the sentiment. Printed in an orange-gold color, then used a Gold gel pen to go over the letters. This card is one that looks better IRL.
 
My Christmas Card Club Teammates' links are shown on the sidebar, so hope you'll have time to check out their interpretations of Rita's Christmas Club Challenge. After using the Cling Cardinal with the music background for Rudolph Day, discovered I didn't have another stamp with a Christmas Carol background, so had to put on my thinking cap while hunting through the Christmas stamps. I always love the song We Three Kings of Orient Are, so when this stamp turned up--Ah, that will work!
 
Have a wonderful afternoon. Thanks for coming by, and Big Hugs.
 
 

 
 



41 comments:

brenda said...

Hi Mary,

Just been having a very quick catch up after demoing at a show this morning, was about to log off and this popped so had to come have a peek.

The Three Wise Men look very luxurious with their warm colours and stand our so nicely against the embossed and inked background, there's something about music scores that always pleases as a backing to a card.

B x

Jacee said...

Fabulous festive design Mary and yes you are right, this year seems to have flown by, just don't know where the time has gone, in no time at all it will be Christmas, and guess who's not made any Xmas cards yet! doh.
Hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Zoe Tant said...

Your kings look very grand Mary and are perfect for Rita's challenge. I love how you've got the music as a back drop too! Zx

cuilliesocks said...

hello Mary, gorgeous luxurious card, and wonderful image to represent the carol, your design is fabulous and so are the colours, love it, Kate x

Christine Harrop said...

They really are sumptuous kings Mary. The background looks terrific with the music score and the stars. I've been singing Christmas carols all day ... lol! Hugs Christine xx

Barb said...

We Three Kings is a lovely carol and your card is a beauty. It's a gorgeous background and I love the glitter on the Kings. You've done some fine fussy cutting there Mary - that wasn't a quick job! Barbxx

jimlynn said...

I can see the shine all the way down here in Texas! How beautiful this is. This is what Christmas is about and I love your card. I don't remember sending you the stencil but glad it came in handy anyway! Love your gorgeous card Mary.
Lynn

Lisa said...

Oh wow, this is stunning, Mary!! I love the wise men!! They look amazing!! The musical blue background is gorgeous!! What a beautiful card this is!! I love, love it!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Sue said...

Lovely card Mary. I love Christmas cards that are different from the traditional.

Thanks for popping into my blog earlier.

Hope you have had a lovely day. Sue

Liz said...

A beautiful card, Mary. The Kings look wonderful against the lovely background. xx

Pia S said...

This is so beautifully colorful! I love how the man in the middle picks up the colors of the men beside him and that he's got his own color too. Looking gorgeous!

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Very luxurious in it's colouring and a great one for the theme this time Mary. Lovely details on the background too.
Lorraine

Carol L said...

Those 3 colorful kings look great on that beautiful blue background! I love how the stars take over at one point, which adds to the great theme of this pretty Christmas card! Well done!

MiamiKel said...

Mary ,this is absolutely spectacular! My very very favorite Christmas cards are one with the Nativity and the Wise men - this is just stunning with it's richness of colors and amazing card design. Fabulous and flawless! Hugs!

Kathleen said...

Gorgeous card, love the image and the way your have dressed them up, gorgeous colours and love all the gold.

Kath x

Sharon said...

Fabulous Mary. The kings look spectacular in the Christmas colours. Love the musical backing papers.
Hope you have a lovely week.
Hugs Sharon. x

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Jean said...

This is a great three kings stamp Mary and I love the way you have coloured it with the glittery embossing powders.The blue background with the music score looks lovely too.
Jean x

Sue - said...

This is just a perfect Christmas card Mary!

Donna Hanley said...

Very nice card and I love that you used three different colored powders. Love that background and your gem as well as your sentiment. Very nice job, Mary. Enjoy the rest of the day.

JD/ Jill said...

This Christmas card is so pretty! I bed with all the sparkle it just pops in real life. Lovely design...

scrAPpamondo said...

Hi Mary, thanks for the spotlight to my blog and for your lovely comment! :)
Your "We Three Kings" card is so colourful and full of Joy! Love the embossed and fussi-cut Kings and the stunning starry night sky!

Pat said...

This is extremely pretty Mary and the Three Kings look suitably regal with their beautiful embossing and the background with the music and stars goes really well. Hope you have had a good weekend. x

MagsB said...

This is absolutely lovely, Mary! I love the delicate image of the Three Kings, it looks very special!

love Mags B x

Maxine D said...

Beautiful card Mary - love how you have embossed the 'kings', and the background is gorgeous!
Blessings
Maxine

Donna said...

This is a beauty Mary! Love the musical background and We Three Kings is one of my favorite Christmas Carols. Gorgeous colors. Have a wonderful week.

Petra Swart said...

The three Wise Men against the great blue bg is just so striking, Mary!!! Love the beautiful star and the lovely embossing of the kings!!! A lovely Christmas card!!!
Have a great week!!
Hugz

Bonnie said...

These 3 kings are so regal with their sparkle and shine! I especially love how you've tucked the stars in among the music! Very clever!

Sandy said...

Gorgeous Mary - love the color combo. I want to join a Christmas card club next year - any suggestions?
Sandy xx

Shona Erlenborn said...

Love the background of music and stars for you carol card! Very creative! Your kings are gorgeously elegant - so many clever little details Mary. A Stunning card.

mamapez5 said...

I´ve been absent for a while, so I am doing a quick pop around some blogs. The Kings are a good interpretation of the theme, and I love your cardinal further down. We don´t use the cardinal very often because it is not native to UK, nor to Spain, but I think they make a lovely image. Kate x

Stampsnob. said...

Beautiful Mary Just starting to appreciate you who get an early start ....Lis

Linda said...

It is gorgeous!

Faith A said...

Mary what a striking card, I love your background and your star and how you have glittered the Kings. The navy card frame certainly shows it off beautifully. Great font too.
Have a great week
x

cotnob said...

A gorgeous card Mary, such a wonderful image and fabulous background.
Pauline
x

Irish Cherokee said...

Very unusual color scheme on this card Mary. Must admit that I like it. I bet the glitter makes it shine and sparkle like crazy in the right kind of light. Love the music sheet background too. Great piece of art. Wonderful.

Love, Hugs and Blessings
Jim

Jenny L said...

Hi Mary,
what a wonderful card for the Christmas card club theme.
The musical background is fab, and the 3 Kings stamp is super.
Super designing as always.
Just love that carol too.
It won't be long till Christmas now.
Oh dear I have said the C word. LOL.
Love and biggest hugs from my house to yours.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Anita in France said...

Rich and shimmery, Mary ... just perfect for the three kings ... they're fabulous against that gorgeous blue texture-y background! Hugs, Anita :)

Mrs A. said...

Fantastic Mary. A great take on Rita's theme. Those robes on the wise men are so rich and dazzling. They just ooze with colour and texture. hugs Mrs A.

Shelly Schmidt said...

Love this beautiful image and it is so pretty embossed! Love the musical notes BG and the stars.

Kim Heggins said...

Mary....this is simply stunning! I love all your amazing and beautiful colors, really makes for one of the most beautiful Christmas cards ever made. I love your music background and the blue is so beautiful. Just love this.

Carol said...

A gorgeous take on the challenge Mary, this is so opulent and colourful...love the musical background. Carol x