Thursday, 26 January 2012

Christmas Flower Throwdown

It's week 4 of the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown already and so far my resolution to play each week is holding fast - this week it's Theme week and the first theme is Christmas flowers.  To me that instantly meant I had to get out my lovely poinsettia set by Waltzingmouse as I just adore this set.

I went CAS again and started with a simple masked strip about a third of the way up the card into which I stamped some of the smaller solid and outline stamps in this set in two shades of red momento ink.  Next I inked up the medium poinsettia stamp using pearlescent thyme and pearlescent poppy inks, mixing them on the stamp to get some different coloured areas which gives a single layer image a 3d feel.  At this point fussy cut and mounted the bloom and added gold liquid pearls to the centre.  However, once mounted I decided it didn't stand out enough from the white card so I pulled out my cosmic shimmer paints and very carefully painted it in-situ.  It turns out this was a good move as it is only mounted on 3 foam pads in the centre, the edges curled a little which has enhanced the 3d feel (time for my fave Bob Ross quote - "there's no such thing in art as a mistake, just a happy accident").  I added a sentiment, also from a Waltzingmouse set in the pearlescent thyme ink and added some gold and red pearl centres to the flowers on the masked strip.

I know it feels like Christmas is a long way off, but trust me, when it comes to making cards, you can never start to early, so do join in the challenge it's great fun :-)

MAWTT also want to see flowers on your creations this week, so this is a perfect fit for their challenge too.

"Edit - the shimmer just isn't showing up on this photo - poor lighting and nighttime photography!  Will try to get a better shot tomorrow morning as it will be dark again when I get home"


  1. Fabulous Poinsettia .. and i love the CAS style
    Thanks for joining in my Blooming Marvellous challenge at MAWTT this week
    Lisa x

  2. Beautiful Christmas card Tara...lovely poinsettia


  3. Oh this is super what a great card, and so nice to see someone else doing Christmas cards!!! Thanks for playing on MAWTT this week Hazelxox

  4. Tara - this is fabulous!! Love your poinsettia and the pretty strip you made - great work!

  5. How pretty Tara, love the band of poinsettias!

  6. What a wonderful idea--the strip of stamped flowers with bling centers is genius!!! LOVE this--so pretty!!! Thanks for joining us again at 52CCT! :)

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  8. Hi Tara

    Loving the layout and simplicity of this.

    It just shows you don't have to pile loads of stuff onto a card to have a gorgeous finished make.

    Love Jules xx

  9. This is a gorgeous poinsettia Tara and I love the CAS layout of your card too. Have just joined in with this challenge... so many challenges, so little time! We need one of those time thingies that Hermione has in Harry Potter! Vicky x

  10. Those reds and greens really pop on the white card Tara, fab Christmas card :) I just cannot get in the mood to make Christmas cards even tho it's a great idea!!
    Jenny x

  11. Stunning - a beautiful card - thanks for joining in this week at 52CCT - Jacqueline xx

  12. Great card love the stripe of stamped flowers thanks for joining us at MAWTT this week.
    Jenny GDT x


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