It was Karen P at Stamping in Pink's turn to choose the theme for our fortnightly Christmas Card Club. She chose Poinsettia's!
I was caught a little off guard with this card as it is only a week since our last challenge. We had to adjust and tighten our timeline down to a week this time, to accommodate our yearly schedule.
In decided to keep with my current goals to use my stash on hand, and to incorporate NBUS (never before used stash) as well as VOS (very old stash). I chose this NBUS embossing folder, Couture Creations A Magical Time, for the background of my card.
I embossed a piece of Co-Ordinations black card and then used the green flip side, to showcase my focal point. I lightly sanded the embossed piece of Co-Ordinations black card, and the lovely green showed through.
I have wanted to try this type of embossing for a while...and I really like the outcome. Kept the rest of my card quite simple as the embossing sort of steals the show.
Die cut Penny Black Holly leaves die out of a snippet of white card, and inked it with Ingvide Bolme Gunsmoke chalk ink...then over inked it with some of her dark green chalk ink as well. Added some 3D K&Co branches, required poinsettia, and their 3D Cardinal, to create my focal point.
I used Marah Johnson Christmas Swatch Impress Ons (rub ons) to create the inside. They are my VOS item. I have had these for a few years now and have been trying to remember to use them on my cards this year. Had a little trouble with the rub on not completely transferring...so I did a little fine ink pen touch up. You can see a slight difference in the sheen. Thought I might try a little hairspray to even out the sheen, after I sign the card!
No recipe tonight as I have given it in the descriptions above!
****************This is card #12 of 50. I am on a consumables spending freeze until I have made 50 cards (Sook Wang tape and heavy weight card stock are exempt).***************
I am entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Christmas Card Club - Poinsettia
2. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets
3. MFP Speedy TV Christmas Card Challenge - must be Christmas
4. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Card Challenge Extra - must be Christmas
Such a lovely card Mo and strangely enough I have photographed some Red Cardinals today, I'd never seen them irl before xx
Caught me on the hop too this time! But this is a beautiful card Maureen and I love the cardinal!
Hugs Christine xx
Gorgeous festive card, the background is so beautiful as is the wonderful Red Cardinal... Love it all...Hugs May x x
Fabulous card.... Love all the images
Hugs Sylvie xx
A gorgeous card Mo, I love the embossed background and Red Cardinal. Very Festive.
Gorgeous, lush and oh so festive, Maureen. There's something so regal about Cardinals. LOVE this card. Have a lovely Sunday!
PS Good luck with the no-buy policy! hehehe
lovely bright cheerful card Maureen....I do think your embossing looks stunning....perfect! xxx
Stunning card Karen. Phew, I just made mine this morning. Where on earth are the weeks going to. Enjoy your Day. Hugs Rita xxx
Sorry Maureen, I think I called you Karen by mistake. xxxx
What a lovely card Maureen. Very pretty. Zx
Beautiful embossing and such a wonderful and pretty card! Love the way the green shows through and of course that beautiful cardinal.
Bravo Mo - what a beautiful card, and using up stash too - I love it!
Hi Maureen love your card, the embossed background is smashing. I remember we used to get cardinals in our garden in New England - so pretty! Susan xx
This is a gorgeous card, your embossing folder is fabulous - I can't believe you have never used it before and I love your Cardinal and Poinsettia.
this is wonderful - a beautiful card - I love that cardinal - wonderful make xx
I think it caught us all on the hop Maureen!! Your card is gorgeous though and the fabulous embossing showcases your image to perfection. Carol x
Very pretty and I like the rub ons too. I have never used them before!
A beautiful red cardinal and poinsettia card. Love the EF.
Hugs Mrs A. (CCC).
I love it NBUS and VOS lol..I am really proud of you for using your stash. And this is a beautiful card you have made....You keep crafting and you will get to your goal...Hugs, joann
I was scrambling too, had the post in draft, as we were away when 'linkup' was available. You have to know I'm loving this card. My favorite cardinal and of course the lovely poinsettia with the pretty holly. Love that core paper. I always forget about the sanding process, and it really made a stunning card with the embossing. Definitely a WOW, Mo, and the inside is so pretty too. Well done, You, on using some NBUS! Love that term. TFS & Hugs
Another great Christmas card :)
Love that you are using your stash :)
Fabulous Mo! Gosh you did well with rubbing the embossing so the wording appears. I really ought to try that but am always worried I'd use different pressure - but nothing ventured I guess.
Great little red cardinal - we don't have those here in the UK, such a beautiful little bird.
Hugs, Di xx
Another lovely Christmas card Mo, you are so going to be organised early this year. Love the lettering and the bright red birdie. Cute.
Happy crafting, hugs Erika.
Hi Maureen - this is so beautiful and I love the description, I hadn't realised that the black card was embossed then sanded, it looks amazing. I love those little cardinal birds, they pop up just like our Robins! Gorgeous card.
Graham says thank you for the kind wishes re his back.
Hugs to you Sue Pxxx
A stunning Christmas card love your beautiful red cardinal ....
You have used this embossing technique to perfection! And the cardinal and branch are gorgeous! Love this!
Gorgous card with the lovely bird against the fabulous background xx
Oh how gorgeous! That PB die is one of my favorites & you've inspired me to use it!
Hi Mo - this is just GORGEOUS and I love your embossed piece. The little Cardinal is so cute too.
Hugs, Sarn xxx
With so many lovely unused and/or old items you don't need to invest in more yet (but I think we're all guilty in that respect). I LOVE the embossing folder you've used, great idea to sand it so that the pattern shows really well. It's a wonderful card!
Gorgeous card Mo, love the image, in fact love all of it!
Karen chose a lovely theme this time for us and I love that you have stuck to your pledge and used VOS as well as NBUS. Have a lovely week hun Karen x
Your cards are always so pretty!
Sorry I'm late in commenting. Your card is super for Karen's poinsettia challenge for CCC. Thanks also for entering your lovely card for my CHNC challenge extra for May - hope to see you again soon x
Gorgeous embossing and a really lovely card :o) Hugs, Lisa x
Bootiful Mo. Just bootiful.
Hope you are well Honeybun!
A gorgeous card .. .. love the colours and your embossing is brilliant. Great technique!
Love the little scene you have made in the centre too,
Well done on the NBUS usage!!
Love Jules xx
Wow, Mo! What a wonderful card! Red cardinals are so beautiful, and against the green background this looks brilliant!
beautiful! i love the colours and the cardinal!
Beautiful traditional Christmas card, love the cardinal!
Hi Maureen, this is a lovely card. I like the effect you got with that embossing folder on the coordinations card and the red cardinal on the holly is gorgeous, and the inside is lovely too. So nice to see not just NBUS but VOS being used too - keep up the good work :) Elizabeth xx
This is a great Christmas card, and the coordinations cadstock is lovely sanded back and the Red Cardinal is really striking. I love the inside too. Hope you are having a good weekend. x
You did a Beautiful job of using everything you alreay had.... You got me looking around now too!!!
Thank you for entering your lovely card for my CHNC challenge extra for May - hope to see you again soon x
Great card - thanks for joining us at Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Extra Challenge.
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