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:

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

    Kathyk

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

    PS. Thanks for joining us at Stamp Something!

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  3. Stunning card Chrissie, the background is perfect:)

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  4. Absolutely beautiful Chrissie, what gorgeous colours.

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

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  6. Wow!!! This is stunning Chrissie.
    Caroline x

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  7. This is gorgeous Chrissie
    xx Jan

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  8. 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

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

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

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

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

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  13. 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

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  14. so what a beauty this cad!
    greetings mina

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

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

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  17. 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

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

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

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  20. WOW Chrissie this is fabulous.
    luv
    debby

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  21. 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

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

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  23. 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

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

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

    hugs Samantha

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  26. Wow what a fantastic christmas card.
    Many greetings
    Angela

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

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

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

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  30. Totally beyond "stunning", Chrissie!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  37. 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

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

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

    Christmas Card DT
    Juelmarie

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Thank you so much for popping by, I appreciate your comments!
Thanks,
Chrissie