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5/01/2016

Christmas Card Club - Poinsettias

Hi and welcome once again to the bi-monthly Christmas Card Club, where a group of ladies make cards based on a theme chosen by one of our members. This week, it was my turn to select the theme, so I chose Poinsettias OR Christmas Angels. For my card, I decided to pick my favorite Christmas flower, the Poinsettia. 

Before I share the card, however, let me give a warm welcome shout out to a new blog follower, Janice of My Craft Room Makes. Thanks for becoming a follower here, and I hope that my visitors will take a few minutes to pop over to say Hello to Janice, and enjoy the wonderful cards that she is sharing with us!


For this first card, I tried a technique using acetate, which I'd seen done some time ago, on this video:
It's called Stained Glass, and really was not that difficult to do. I didn't have the same image as used in the video, nor the colors of reinkers. Attempted it anyway, and the idea of wrapping the plastic palette with cling wrap, and tossing when you're finished was a good one, that I highly recommend. Mixed a few drops of glossy accents into a palette well, added about 3 drops of red & green reink colors (one red was a PTI Scarlet Red, and one was Ranger's Candied Apple. The Candied Apple was a bit thick coming from the bottle - that sort of surprised me. Usually the Ranger reinkers are quite fluid). The green reinkers were Stamping Up colors.





- Transparency acetate stamped with black Staz On, allowed to dry overnight. Be sure to follow the directions as to what side you should stamp and ink when using transparencies. Since I'm a rather slow painter, my ink probably got drier than it should have by the time I was ready to dump the glitter, which was SU Dazzling Diamonds. It did not adhere as well as shown in the video, but enough stuck to make a mess trying to trim out. Adhered the image to the white embossed card front with Glossy Accents, and no hint of it shows through the ink and glitter. You only get one chance to apply this, because the glitter, which has become colored, gets all over the white...at least mine did!

- Stampendous Create a Poinsettia Image, pretty, but with all the 'extraneous twigs' in the image, it was a bit difficult to see just where to place the color painting from the back side of the acetate.

- An old EF, embossed on the white top layer, and HLS Mixed Christmas Sentiments for the greeting. Bet you can guess that my first effort stamping over the white didn't stamp evenly, so when I tried to restamp, it blurred. Why didn't I use Misti? I stamped again with DI Candied Apple ink, using the Misti, and did 3 stampings to get an even inking...Then used an oval punch. It would have looked much nicer without the extra layer, as the whites look different.

This is a technique I'll be trying again.


Same Stampendous Create A Poinsettia inked with versamark, heat embossed with Ranger Queen's Gold, colored with copics.  Because this is a rather largish image, decided to cut it apart. Put the green twigs in flat layer, popped up the poinsettia petals & leaves on dimensional foam.

Another old Darice EF to emboss, the same HLS Mixed Christmas Sentiment, stamped with Misti and DI Mowed Lawn...3 inkings and looks much better applied directly to the card rather than an extra layer.

Please check the side bar for links to my fellow Christmas Card Club members, and take time to enjoy what each has shared.

We're off Sunday to our annual family reunion up in North Carolina, so I'll be missing at least for Sunday. Will try to catch up my visiting ASAP. Monday I think our TO DO will be going to a tile store to see what is available. Decisions must be made, and get this repair started.

Thanks for visiting, have a  grand Sunday, and come again when you can. Hugs.

51 comments:

cuilliesocks said...

Good morning Mary, two gorgeous cards, must have a look at the video you mentioned. Your designs and colours are amazing, love them, Kate X

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Gorgeous cards, the second one is so beautiful with the embossed edges.

Love and hugs
Maarit

Kath said...

A fabulous card and a great technique too.
Kath x

Veerle said...

This looks great Mary. Will have to give this a try too.
Hugs Veerle x

dutchess said...

Two fabulous cards Mary, doesn't using the acetate make the colour so vivid....wonderful and vibrant,I love the stamped image it's a great one!...you have been so busy and real made stunning cards xxxxx

scrAPpamondo said...

Great technique, Mary, and fabulous both your cards!! Thanks for sharing! I visited youtube link and I have seen the process, it is fun to play! The glossy accents added on the ink makes the effect so gorgous! And the glitter ...wow! Really an amazing look!
Have a lovely day with your family!
Hugs

Sue said...

Beautiful card Mary.

Hope you have a lovely time at the renunion. Sue

Zoe Tant said...

These are both stunning Mary. Your colouring is awesome and the gold ferns just set it all off. thanks for a fun challenge I can see why you chose it making show stoppers like these. TFS. Zx

Rita said...

My word Mary, your wonderful card just takes my breath away. It really has a stunning effect. Must give this one a try. Hugs Rita xxx

Patricia said...

Wow! Oh! Wow! Your Poinsettia cards are beautiful, love, love, love, them.
Have a great week ahead
Patricia x

Marilyn said...

Beautiful!!

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Fabulous makes Mary my dear friend! Love the vibrancy of the first!! Both, fabulous CAS designs! Have a wonderful reunion weekend my friend! Hazel xx
My Card Attic

Barb said...

Absolutely stunning work Mary. I find stamping on acetate so difficult. You've done a wonderful job. Gorgeous rich colours and the embossing adds to everything. Barbxx

Shona Erlenborn said...

These are both gorgeous Mary! Thanks for showing the video on the acetate! I'd love to give this technique a try. Love the colors that you used in the second one - I agree, the sentiment does look better directly on the white background. Love the pine and mistletoe background on the second too.

Sarah said...

This is really gorgeous Mary. I love poinsettias. I managed to keep one for almost a year several Christmases ago but have only achieved weeks since...strange, as they always sit in the same spot!! xx

Gibmiss said...

Stunning card Mary ... Love the embossing....
Thanks for a great challenge
Hugs Sylvie xx

Sandy said...

So very gorgeous - I am pea green that you try so many different techniques. I am still trying to get the hang of coloring!
My computer is sick - Art has to take it to the computer doctor this coming Wednesday!
Will read your post over again!
sandy xx

Daffodil Cards said...

WOW what a fabulous technique you have used, I would never have thought of mixing glossy accents with anything, make a great finish on your cards. Beautiful embossing. Both gorgeous cards.

Lisa said...

Both of your cards are stunning, Mary!! The poinsettias look amazing!! I love the colors!! Beautiful cards my friend!! Enjoy your family reunion!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Stampsnob. said...

Both cards are lovely The embossing on the first one caught my eye ..............Lis

Petra Swart said...

Your poinsettias look FABULOUS against the white bgs, Mary!!!! Two stunning and very striking cards!!!! You have done great with the technique on the acetate and your colouring of the flower on the second card is great!!!!
Have a great day!!!!
Hugz

Pia S said...

Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. You've produced two really lovely traditional style cards here, Mary. Will have to check out that video...

Redanne said...

It certainly looks like a great technique, you have used it beautifully Mary, I love your gorgeous card! Hugs, Anne xx

rachel said...

beautiful beautiful cards Mary - really lovely! Hugs Rachel x

Pat said...

Both beautiful Mary and that Stampendous is a real eyecatcher of a stamp. I love the bright red colouring for both and the two different embossing folders are very pretty with the poinsettias. Hope you have a great time at your family reunion. x

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Mary I must say I do love Poinsettia's and wow these are two beautiful creations I love them.
hugs
lorraine x

pam said...

Two beautiful cards Mary, love these poinsettias and gorgeous colours.
Great technique with acetate.
Hugs Pam x

Valerija said...

Two wonderful Poinsettia cards. Love them both!
Valerija xx

Kathleen said...

Gorgeous creation Mary, beautifully presented.

Kath x

Gerrina said...

Beautiful bright poincetta's! Great colouring! Hugs, Gerrina

Loll said...

So pretty Mary. I have never tried painting with reinkers and glossy accents. Sounds like a great idea. Will have to give that a try. :)

Love the Copics version ... so pretty. And great idea to stamp the pine branches in the background and pop up the beautiful poinsettia.

Have a great time at your family reunion. Have a safe trip! xx

Bonnie said...

Two beautiful poinsettia card, Mary! I think I tried this technique once but with a smaller flower! Loved the look but not the mess! It's gorgeous in the red! And the one colored with the Copics with the added dimension is equally as beautiful!

Sally H said...

Two stunning creations, Mary! Sorry I haven't been over in a while. Hope you are keeping well. Enjoy your family get together x

Sally H said...

Two stunning creations, Mary! Sorry I haven't been over in a while. Hope you are keeping well. Enjoy your family get together x

Maxine D said...

What absolutely stunning cards Mary - they are both beautiful
Blessings
Maxine

Christine Harrop said...

Oh wow! These are beautiful Mary! I can't choose between becauuse they are both gorgeous! Sorry I'm late with my card but i promise it will be here by tomorrow(Tuesday)! I was hoping ofr today but had forgotten we were out tofriends for lunch - and when we get together time just disappears. We didn't arrive home until 7:30 pm. Loooong lunch! Hugs Christine xx

SARN said...

Simply beautiful cards here Mary xxx

Migdalia said...

Gorgeous cards!! The pionsettia is beautiful!!
Have a blessed day,
Migdalia
Crafting With Creative M

Team Clark said...

These are so lovely, Mary!

crafty-stamper said...

Both beautiful cards and like the sound of the technique -love the poinsettia image
Carol x

Carol said...

Two beautiful cards Mary, love the poinsettias. Thanks for a great challenge. Enjoy your trip away. Carol x

Olga Fink said...

Fabulous cards!
xoxo Olga

Rainey's Craft Room said...

I'm a bit late commenting Mary sorry, things are getting hectic right now.
Today you gave us a two for one, great job and beautiful cards, your Christmas card pile must be building up nicely.
Lorraine

Carol L said...

What an amazing pair of stunning cards with that brilliant red poinsettia! I love how the technique you used makes those colors "pop" against the bright white background. On the 2nd card, the gold accents really help to soften the overall look. I don't know which one I like better because they're both gorgeous! NJ on these Mary!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Such lovely poinsettia cards! I really like the sparkly one on acetate. I remember that technique and how it can get out of hand real quick if you aren't careful.

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

LOVE your cards Mary, esp the second one, but first us grand too. I wondered as I read your post if you could cut it out first add pain the glitter so as to save cutting wiht glitter on it? Would that work I wonder?
Love embossing white backgrounds on both cards too really make them classy.
Thanks so much for the inspiration,
Shaz in Oz.x

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

Pippa said...

Lovely technique and lovely card Mary.

Kim Heggins said...

Gorgeous card...your poinsettia's are amazing, so beautiful. Would you come to my house and teach me to color like you??? Always love looking at your incredible cards.

Leanne said...

Wow! This one's a beauty. Love the technique involved in making it.

Mrs A. said...

Oh my Mary, These are both so good. I love the poisettias. This is a new technique to me but you have nailed it perfectly. Sorry it has taken so long to get round to commenting. This flu virus is a particularly nasty one and juist leaves you feeling so weak. hugs Mrs A.

Brenda said...

Wow, what beautiful cards Momma Mary! I love the poinsettia's you used. I will have to watch this video, it looks like a fun technique to try! Hugs, Brenda