Friday, 1 December 2017

House of Cards December ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week was a good one and you have awesome weekend plans. It’s the beginning of December, oh my, which means we have a lovely blog hop for you and it’s the start of a new challenge theme too whoop whoop!! We are saying goodbye to some of our lovely team mates and I wish you all the very best with wonderful opportunities and I know we’ll still see each other in and around blogland. You should have arrived here from Janes blog and after visiting me you need to go to Katarinas blog.
We are very lucky this month in that we are sponsored by MHK Designs, Digistamps 4 Joy, and Imagine That Digistamp. All of these lovely companies provided us with images we could use on our projects: so my heartfelt thanks go to our wonderful sponsors.

 Imagine That Digistamp                  Digistamps 4 Joy

Here is the photographic inspiration for you …

And here is the blog hop order …

House of Cards Challenge Blog

Mynn | Judy |  Chanya13 Cohenna 
Donna | Em | Heather | Jane
Michele | Rocky | Rosi 
Shawna | Shirley | Sue N. | Susan 

I decided to pick an image from my lovely bosses store, in fact I wanted this image before the blog hop, lol, I love Christmas stockings so it really ‘spoke’ to me as the phrase goes. Another bonus of using this image is that I knew I had the perfect embellishments and the perfect patterned paper that would enhance the lovely stocking even more and here is my card …

I created an A5 card 
You can see how I decoupaged the stocking here
All the lovely details
I managed to capture a little of the shimmer

Luckily for me I can also enter these Challenges
Crimbo Crackers Challenge Anything Goes
Crop Stop Blog Linky Party #34 
I used:Tim Holtz Distress ink and paint and WOW EP & Versamark ink
Dream Valley Challenge #168 Add Texture
Winter Wonderland Challenge Traditional Colours of Red & Green

Because I knew what image, what papers and what embellishments I wanted to use this card turned out being quick to create with the exception of colouring the stocking digi. The think that took me the longest was colouring the stocking so that there were areas of light and shadow where required and here are my steps for you:

1. Print the image twice onto white card and dry the ink with my heat tool.
2. I used a deep red Luminarte Twinkling H2O watercolour to colour every other stripe deep red. I left the other stripe white.
3. I coloured the background around the stocking with silver paint .
4. I coloured a piece of white card with Fired Brick paint so that I had a lovely matt for the stocking image.
5. I coloured the chipboard stocking and hat with the Fired Brick paint, two layers.
6. I folded A4 white card in half and inked the edges with Fired Brick Distress ink and dried it. I cut the patterned paper a little smaller then adhered it onto the card.
7. I piped the snow onto the stocking cuff and hat and sprinkled a little loose white glitter onto it. I found my last two poinsettia flowers and applied the Cosmic Shimmer texture paste to them and once dry I attached them to each other with a white brad.
8. I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment onto a snippet of white card and inked the edges with the distress ink.
9. I applied the candy stripe ribbon to my card and I applied Cosmic Shimmer texture paste to the decoupaged stocking lower layer.
10. I figured out how I wanted it to look and glued everything in position.

I do hope you come on over and hop along and play along with us. Don’t forget if you get lost you just need to go back to House of Cards and find your back that way. Only twenty four days until Christmas Day my lovelies!! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x

Stamp &/ Stencil:
MHK Designs: Deck the Halls digital stamp
Unknown with love stamp
Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; spray bottle of water; palette knife; computer; printer

Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
Crafters Companion Single Sided Centura Pearl Snow White Hint of Gold
Papermania patterned paper (more than five years old)
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Luminarte H2O watercolour deep red
Tim Holtz Distress paint: Fired Brick
Copper embossing powder
Brad, chipboard hat & stocking, fabric poinsettias, glitter, & ribbon are old & from my stash
Cosmic Shimmer Texture Paste: Polar White
Viva Decor 3D Snow
Versamark ink pad
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam


Nana Connie said...

Incredible card, Karen! Love the sparkle and 'snow'.

craftysahmiam said...

Gorgeous, I really like what you did with this digi stamp (same one I chose!) HOC teamie

Donna said...

This is just gorgeous, like the decoupage and snow. Donna HOC teammate

Daen'Ys said...

Gorgeous card, Karen!! Love the stockings and poinsettia sprinkled with "snow"! ... beautiful colors too!
I wish you a very pleasant Advent.
Rosi (HOC-teamie)

Cara said...

I love this, totally festive x

Esther Asbury said...

What a beautiful Christmas card, everything goes together so perfectly! Love the sparkly snow effect!
So happy you linked up to the Cropstop blog with this beauty -- do join us again soon!

Marjorie DUMONTIER said...

Wow ! your card is just fantastic ! It looks like a present !

Pam Sebring said...

Love love love this card it is breathtakingly beautiful! Enjoy your holiday!

Brenda said...

Oh my word, I am totally loving your beautiful Christmas card Karen! The cut outs you used are fabulous and I just love the papers you used. Love, love, love! Hugs, Brenda

Monika Gulyas said...

What a beautiful Christmas card, Karen!!! I love the classical motives and colours on your card!!! Than you for joining the December challenge of the Country View Challenges blog!

Katarzyna Ewa said...

Love this traditional colours and embelishment

Katarina Ewa

my blog

DT House of Cards Challenge blog

Pat K said...

Beautiful Christmas card. Thanks for playing along with us at Winter Wonderland. Pat K xx

Craftyfield said...

What a beautiful card! I love the stocking and the poinsettia too. Thank you so much for playing with us at Country View Challenges this month!

Em Louise Fairley said...

Gorgeous card, Karen xoxo

Doris Klein said...

Wow..this is just awesome!

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Susan Renshaw said...

What a lovely card! Love all the layers and sparkle!
Fabulous make for the House of Cards!
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