Sunday, 17 July 2011

Christmas in July

Since discovering sponging techniques some time ago, I have gained enormous satisfaction from creating cards using this medium.
Here is a Christmas Card using a sponged background with Adirondack Cranberry, SU Apricot Appeal and  Ranger Weathered Wood Distress inks, each applied with a sponge dauber over a masked section of the card.
The trees, a stamp from Artemio, were over stamped with SU Mellow Moss and Stazon Olive Green inks, both before and after the upper mask had been removed.
I finally added a  few prints of the tree using Encore Ultimate metallic gold ink, inking only the edges of the stamp so that some of the colour beneath would show through.
The sentiment from Penny Black is heat embossed in gold.
I had fun making this one!
Stamp Something - Christmas in July
Stampin with the dragon - Christmas in July
Winter Wonderland - Wet or Dry Embossing
Craft Us Crazy - Christmas in July
ABC Christmas Challenge - No Nonsense
Christmas Card Challenges - Christmas in July

41 comments:

Kathyk said...

This is such a beautiful card, anyone would be delighted to receive this

Kathyk

Wishcraft said...

Gorgeous card Chrissie, love the sponged background you've created. Beautifully stamped too :o) Lisa x

PS. Thanks for joining us at Stamp Something!

Maja said...

Stunning card Chrissie, the background is perfect:)

Fiona said...

Absolutely beautiful Chrissie, what gorgeous colours.

Mandi said...

SUPERB!!
x

Shaz said...

WOW... this is brilliant Chrissie. Love it. x

Caroline said...

Wow!!! This is stunning Chrissie.
Caroline x

Jan said...

This is gorgeous Chrissie
xx Jan

downrightcrafty said...

Hiya Chrissie beautiful Christmas card and lovely embossing and such a pretty card, thank you for sharing with us at Winter Wonderland and Stampin with the Dragon
Hugs Kate xx

coldwaters2 said...

Wow Chrissie this is excellent, I am blown away by the beautiful colours and trees, I love this big time.
Hugs
Lorraine x

Elborgi said...

wow- thats so fantastic card! Wonderful!!!!!!
Hello from Elborgi

Aileen said...

Beautiful scene. I like that your tree breaks through the panel and your gold edges on the trees. x

craftykitten said...

Wow Chrissie, this is awesome hun. Love the colours and that embossed wording is stunning.
hugs
Dawn x

Sue said...

Hi hun
wow this is bloody gorgeous, ya no i luv me trees,luv how you have so much depth to it, awesome creation, sue,x

redscrap said...

so what a beauty this cad!
greetings mina

McCrafty's Cards said...

Beautiful card, Thanks for joining in with us at Stampin with the Dragon, good luck.
Kevin xx

Gibmiss said...

Hi Chrissie
Fabulous xmas card ...love it ...stunning...
hugs
sylvie
xx

Jenny said...

Amazing card Chrissie and thanks for the description of how you did it...I really must get myself more inky:)
The gold trees at the front look so natural within the scene. You have a real eye for colour choices :)
Jenny x

StephC said...

My goodness this is gorgeous! I love everything about it! So glad you joined us for this weeks CCC!

Elizabeth said...

This Christmas card is so.... gorgeous!!

debby4000 said...

WOW Chrissie this is fabulous.
luv
debby

Helen said...

Wow - this is stunning Chrissie! Lov ethe sponged background...the stamping is so effective too!
Thanks for joining us at the ABC Christmas Challenge!
Helen x

Julia Dunnit said...

It's a beauty, Chrissie. Can almost forgiv eit being a Christmas card!!

Vicky Hayes said...

Wow! This is just my kind of card Chrissie! I love the way the trees burst out of the top of your strip and I love the gold edged trees. The sentiment is perfect with it too. Vx

Craftilicious said...

This is simply stunning Chrissie! What kind of sponges to you use to get such a great soft background?

Samantha said...

Yup this is a WOWzer alright! love this so clever! Thanks for joining us on the ABC Christmas Challenge

hugs Samantha

Angela said...

Wow what a fantastic christmas card.
Many greetings
Angela

VICTORIA said...

This is a beautiful card Chrissie I love it I need to learn how to mask better :)

Dot said...

Beautiful card, lovely background. Thank you for sharing it with us at ABC Christmas challenge.
Hugs Dorte

Shobana said...

Oh.My.God.
This is super beautiful! Stunning! :)

Penne said...

Totally beyond "stunning", Chrissie!

Kaz said...

Oh WOW! This is an absolute master piece, totally stunning.
Kaz xx

June Houck said...

Holy Moly, this looks like a gorgeous photograph rather than a brilliantly done stamping technique. Beautiful, Chrissie!

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Brilliant card Chrissie you have really mastered this technique and I love the depth of colour in the background, beautiful, Gay xxx

Karen Aicken said...

OMGoodness, but this is a beautiful card. TFS!
Cheers, Karen
alteredscrapbooking.blogspot.com

Adelina said...

oh my goodness! it looks like a painting! thanks for joining us at CCC!

lostinpaper said...

Those trees are amazing, this is such an elegant Christmas card! You + ink = Brilliant!

Trish said...

Beautiful!

Viv said...

Oh Chrissie what a great card and little scene, I also love sponging. Love the way you did the trees too, what inspiration you give us all... thank you :O) Viv xx

Chris said...

Oh noooo I don't want to think about Christmas yet lol... but your card sure is a stunner. Love it.
hugs
Chris xx

juelmarie said...

I love the simplicity and beauty of this ! Rock on Sister!

Christmas Card DT
Juelmarie