Saturday, October 29, 2011

CADB Design Team: Ornamental Joy

We're giving you tons of Christmas card inspiration from now until the big day over at Card A Day Blog.  I'm very excited about this week's "Ornaments" theme.  I love reacquainting myself with each Christmas ornament as I place it on the tree.  Some very special ornaments conjure memories of my grandmothers who have long since passed away.  I'm sure most of us have a few of those cherished Christmas ornaments.

The Details:
  • The card base is Papertrey Ink's Kraft cardstock that has Old Paper Distress Ink applied along the edges and Perfect Pearl Mist lightly sprayed over the surface.
  • The next layer is a strip of pattern paper from Basic Grey's Figgy Pudding line.  One edge has been torn and all the edges have been distressed with Old Paper DI.
  • Next, a rectangle of red and white polka dot scrap paper with the edges punched to make it look like a ticket is layered on.
  • At this point, I gave the whole card another spritz of Perfect Pearl Mist.
  • Inkadinkado's beautiful ornament was stamped onto Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip cardstock using Encore Ultimate Metallic gold ink.  This is such an amazing ink!  To even out the gold and make it even more intensely metallic, I brushed on some antique gold Pearl Ex powder while the ink was still wet.  (Encore Ultimate Metallic is a pigment ink, so you have time to play and/or use it for embossing.)
  • When the ink was dry, I fussy cut the ornament and tied gold organza ribbon and gold metallic cord around the "hanger".
  • I made a rosette from K&Co's Bailey line and adhered the cut out ornament to the center. To accent the ornament even more, I added dots of Scribbles pearl dimensional paint and gold Stickles.

  • Lastly, I stamped "Joy" in Stampin' Up! Craft Chocolate Chip onto a scrap of green pattern paper.  I cut around the image with scallop scissors, adhered it to the card, and "dotted" the "J" with a pearl bead.

Hope you're inspired to get started on your Christmas's just around the corner (I know, I don't like to think about it either)!

: Papertrey Ink cardstock ‘Kraft’; Basic Grey ‘Figgy Pudding’; K&Co “Bailey”; scraps
Stamps: Inkadinkado; Stampin’ Up!
Inks: Encore Ultimate Metallic ‘Gold’; Stampin’ Up! Craft ‘Chocolate Chip’; Perfect Pearls Mist ‘Perfect Pearl’
Embellishments: Pearl Ex Powder ‘Antique Gold’; Scribbles ‘Pearl’; Stickles ‘Gold’; Stampin’ Up! gold metallic cord; gold organza ribbon; pearl

Tools: dry paint brush; hot glue; scallop scissors; hole punch


  1. This is SO lovely! I love your rosette!

  2. Your card is GORGEOUS!!! I'm a new follower of your blog &, now, the CADB as well...thanks for all the inspiration!!


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