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2/07/2016

Christmas Card Club - Texture

Hello & welcome to another Sunday where it's time for our Christmas Card Club Challenge. Today our  teammate Rachel selected the theme, and Rachel wanted to see Texture on our cards. So here goes (a bit late, but I made it eventually).

You ever start out with a good idea, and then it just seems like everything you touch, doesn't work out to what was in your imagination? These 2 cards are great examples of that, but I really did like the way #1 turned out.

 
 
- Mixed up some transparent paste, Lindys Magicals in a lime green and blue shade, some gel medium, got a nice green - made a background first to test the colors. (it's used in the next card). Then using the same Magicals, took some glass gel paste, mixed again to get this color of green. I like the shading that shows & it's really a nice texture. Looks 'touchable'. This was spread over a Stamplorations Swirl Tree Stencil. I remembered to mix some of the glass gel beads with a bit of acrylic gold paint for the star, but didn't think of the trunk until too late; so it's a green trunk instead of brown! Artistic license. Used 140# watercolor paper for this stenciling.

- HLS Mixed Christmas Sentiments clear set used for the sentiment. Heat embossed with Ranger's Gold Fine Detail EP, rathen than my fav Queen's Gold. This fine detail EP works better with sentiments, but I like the gold gleam of  Queen's Gold much better.

The next card was die cut from the 1st green background created while trying to get the transparent paste a shade of green that I liked. First idea was to add the stenciled tree above on this background, but would have been Too Much Green! (remember I've been doing St. Pat's cards!)


- S/B Holiday Tree die to cut out the tree shape. Going ok so far. Traced the tree outline shape onto Gold Mirror paper, fussy cut, started putting tiny dots of glue around on the green to adhere. This glue is _supposed_ to dry clear, and I did blot as I pressed the green to the gold. When it dried, I could see smears of the glue. (Well if the light hit just right). So 2nd idea not working out so great. Hunted through my gems stash, found these holly leaves, and started to try to cover the worst spots. I would have liked this one, if not for the glue problems. It _was_ fun to do the background...I'm finding that's something I like to do. You just never know what will result.

- HLS Mixed Christmas sentiment stamped on a snippet of the same watercolor weight paper left from trimming out the Stamplorations tree. Handcut a fishtail. No really good place to put the sentiment, so --- Hey, it can cover a glue spot!!!

I hope you enjoyed the cards, my adventures in artistry (and I always have some!) and will take time to visit my teammates to see what they've shared with Rachel's Textures Challenge. See you in 2 more weeks with another Christmas Card Club Card.

Have a wonderful day, and thanks for coming by. Hugs.

47 comments:

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Fabulous cards Mary, love the rich green on the first card.

Love and hugs
Maarit

jimlynn said...

Oh, wow, wow, and TRIPLE wow! I love both of these Mary, but that first one is sensational! GORGEOUS!!!! Green trunk and all it stole my heart! Love!
Every time I attempt to make a card it's an experience so I can relate very well! LOL!
Lynn

cuilliesocks said...

Fabulous cards Mary, love them both and the colours are fabulous, brilliant take on the challenge theme, Kate x

Gibmiss said...

Hi Mary
Fabulous cards ...love the First one ....
i enter mine into the HLS Christmas Challenge after seeing it on your Blog...but couldnt find the Link to it on your Blog???
found the Challenge in the end....
Hugs Sylvie xx

rachel said...

two great cards Mary - really love the first one especially - fantastic. Big hugs Rachel x

Diane said...

Fabulous colors and designs Mary.

Hugs diane

dutchess said...

I just knew you would be the queen of texture Mary...that paste and gel beads sounds fascinating....and it looks stunning....happy accidents always seem to be the best cards and yours are two stunners xxxxxx

scrAPpamondo said...

Wow wow wow Mary!!! You have really made a magical potion!!! :D Your texture looks fabulous! I don't have the ingredients that you have used, have only the gel medium, but you have made me desire to mix something... LOL
I have tried to imagine the trunk in brown, but think that it is much better this way, I looooove this tree as it is!!! Great card!!
The second card has a fab shine with the golden outline shape and the blings, looks so festive! Your covering on the smear has been so clever! And the green texturized paper looks so well also on it!... but my favourite is the first one, it's just SUPER!!

Bonnie said...

Wow! Love, love, love that stenciled tree! I've gotta try some of the glass gel paste. What a wonderful shade of green! It worked perfectly for the second tree too!

Zoe Tant said...

Gorgeous cards Mary. I particularly like the first as it is so striking and yet clean and simple. I am glad you persevered even if they didn't go to plan they certainly turned out to be very effective and super. Zx

Sandy said...

Beautifully done Mary -- I definitely like the first card the best - I tend to be more on the simple side!
Sandy xx

Birgit said...

I love these 2 cards and the paste sounds like fun to work with. I love the colours and the first card-it looks like marble

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Two very lovely Christmas cards Mary, the texture with the gel paste looks fabulous. I daren't try anything quite so messy I always seem to get it everywhere, especially those gel beads, they bounce for miles.
Lorraine

Patricia said...

Love both cards, Mary.
Patricia x

Kathleen said...

It happens to me many times.
Two really lovely card, the first is my favourite, gorgeous shades of green.
Have a good week Mary.

Kath x

Lisa said...

They are both so gorgeous, Mary!! I love the designs on each one, but that first one is stunning!! I love the artistic shape of the tree!! You did such a fabulous job on both my friend!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Brenda said...

Even though you had some "issues" with these cards, they sure did turn out so pretty!!! I love the first one because of the simple design and the shades of green in the tree, loving this texture you made. The star is fabulous and I wouldn't have even know that the tree trunk wasn't brown if you hadn't pointed it out. Yep, love this one! The second on is equally as pretty too. Love the tree shape and mirror paper behind it, the gold makes it just shimmer and shine! Even with the glue spot smears, you have covered them up well and wouldn't have even know about them if you hadn't said. Love the leaves and berries and the sentiment fits perfectly across the tree. Hugs, Brenda

pam said...

Two fabulous cards Mary, love the stencilled tree one, beautiful colour.
Pam x

Donna Hanley said...

These are two gorgeous cards. No one would even think about the trunk if you hadn't told us. It is fine just the way it is. Have a good night.

Pat said...

Two wonderful cards Mary and the first is such a prettily coloured stencilled tree and it makes a beautiful CAS card. The second is a lovely die cut one and the background gold complements it really well. I know what you mean about things not turning out the way you envisaged but you would never know there was any problem as it is gorgeous. x

Mrs A. said...

These are both great cards. Lots of texture going on here. My fav is the 2nd one. I had as much trouble with my cards as well. The first card just wouldn't go right. I had an image cut as an oval originally and nothing I did made it work with the backing. In a fit of pique I yanked it off and replaced with what you now see. Pleased with it now. I'm glad Rachel made us create out of our comfort zones. You did great. Hugs Mrs A.

Kath said...

Two great Christmas cards - the first one is my favourite, love that tree.
Kath x

brenda said...

Two beauties Mary, but it's the first that really jumps out at me, I love the simplicity of the tree and the bold greens. And what a great idea to mix your own colours, do you know I've seen it done on TV so many times yet when have a play with my gels it never comes to mind.

Have a good week.

B x

Gerrina said...

Love that christmastree-shape on your first card! And good that you used the test on the second! Have a fun week!

scrappymo! said...

Two great cards. The first has the stark beauty of that gorgeous tree!

The second is the opposite...a card full of texture, colour and a beauty found in the sort of wildness of the beauty. I really like the way you laced the sentiment across the tree (on that fishtailed banner!

Sue said...

Love both cards Mary.

Hope you are having a good start to the week. Sue

Viv's Visuals said...

Lovely cards Mary but confess that the first one has to be my absolute fave!

Olga Fink said...

Wow gorgeous cards! so beautiful! xoxo Olga

Shona Erlenborn said...

Gorgeous! Love the style of the first card particularly. You are getting quite adept with those pastes and mediums Mary! Love the texture that it has. The green trunk allows the star to stand out - as it should! Second card looks gorgeously sparkly.

Jenny L said...

HI Mary,
that is true sign of a very clever craft person when they can cover up any probs with something else.
2 brilliant Christmas club cards, and what clever use of your St Pats green.
Fab use of snippets also.
Love and big hugs from my house to yours.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Stampsnob. said...


Two pretties you are getting a head start. I find that hard to do until after Easter Like the shops putting out Easter before Valentine BTW Mary the markers from Stampfest are copic just replacing ones that dies. I usually have about 25 that are dry and bad nibs so I replace instead of refil...Lis

Donna said...

Two really fun cards. I do love the swirl of the first tree. Very CAS and very pretty. The second one is more ornate not quite my style but lots of people go for that kind of Christmas tree. Awesome cards! Hope you have a wonderful week! Thanks for sharing these beauties.

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Love the way you used the two colours on the first, lovely, CAS tree Mary my friend! I love that you made a mat for the second tree by fussy cutting a layer from gold foil! Have a lovely week! Hazel xx
My Card Attic

Team Clark said...

Super Christmas inspiration, Mary! Lovely cards! <3

Barb said...

Hello Mary, So you've been up to some alchemy and produced to lovely cards. That's a lovely colour green you've got and I like the tree on the top card with a green trunk. I think it looks very stylish. Barbxx

alexandra s.m. said...

Two beautiful cards Mary!
Thank You~

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Elizabeth,

Both are lovely cards. Like you, I am drawn to the texture and different greens on the tree. Good for you to be making Christmas cards already! You must be VERY organized!

Hugs,
Kay

Loll said...

Two pretty cards Mary. LOVE the stenciled tree with the glass bead gel. I know how pretty and sparkly that product is ... so can imagine how sparkly this card is in real life. It's a shame the camera doesn't pick it up. And that stencil is so cool. I LOVE it! Your second card is so pretty with the Gold mirror card background. Great job with both cards Mary! xx

Pia S said...

Similar design concepts and colors, yet so totally different! One contemporary and CAS, one elegant and more detailed. I like both these styles, what others will pick as favorite will depend on what style they're more into, because both cards are well designed.

Petra Swart said...

Both your trees are gorgeous, Mary!!!! (#1 is my fave!!) The green you got is really lovely and the die cut tree on #2 is beautiful!!! Two wonderful CAS cards, my friend!!!
Have a super Tuesday!!!
Hugz

nwilliams6 said...

I think they are both fun - lovely colors and effects you achieved. All my cards start out so great in my mind and never quite get there when I make them - same with Bible Journaling (or come to think of it, everything else I try - lol). Many hugz to you Mary.

Redanne said...

Oh fiddle, Blogger does not want me to leave you a message.....

I am sitting here smiling because you sound just like me Mary! Both cards are beautiful, I really love the shape of the tree in the first one! Hugs, Anne xx

Rita said...

Two beautiful cards Mary. Love the textures. Hugs Rita xxxx

Pippa said...

Lovely cards Mary, I especially like the sparkle and CAS style of the first one.

Daffodil Cards said...

One modern and one traditional, both great cards, you'll be so ready for Christmas LOL.

Anita in France said...

These are both fabulous, Mary ... the die cut decorated one is so pretty and delicate ... and the stylised, contemporary, shimmery texture-y second one just stole my heart ... it's gorgeous! Hugs, Anita :)

Christine Harrop said...

Two fabulous cards Mary. I think maybe the first one might be my favourite. Hugs Christine xx