Fairy Christmas Card
Winter Magic by Godiva’s Dream
I’ve just looked at the calendar and it says that there are only 35 days left till Christmas! How did that happen? Where has all the time gone? I better get a move on with my Christmas cards then, huh?
I’m a big fan of traditional Christmas colours such as red, green and gold, but for this project, I chose some unconventional shades, because they can be just as nice. The beautiful papers come from a collection “Merry Little Christmas” by My Mind’s Eye. This whole pad has that sugar plum fairy feel with soft pinks, blues and greens dominating the colour scheme. I really do love it, it’s non-traditional and yet just as festive - perfect for my card!
I chose four festive coordinating patterns and arranged them in a way that seemed appealing to me. I then cut the papers to size needed and mounted them on pale pink cardstock by American Crafts. In this case, pink does not add contrast, but blends in nicely with the rest of the colour scheme, giving the card that soft, even a bit girly look.
Stamping and Colouring
A non-traditional Christmas card needs a non-traditional image, don’t you think? I chose this playful wintry fairy, who’s very ready for the colder weather in her lovely bobble har and spectacular dress (or coat, depends on your interpretation). The stamp is appropriately called “Pom Pom Fairy” by, you guessed it, Annie Rodrigue for Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps. Her characters are just so quirky and fun, I am very partial to them.
I stamped the image in Memento “Tuxedo Black” ink and coloured it using Promarkers, Brushmarkers and Copics in shades matching the colour scheme of the project. I then fussy cut the stamped image leaving a narrow white outline around it to help it pop against the background.
As this is very much a wintry card (just look at all the beautiful snowflakes on the papers), I wanted to create a background that was also chilly. On watercolour paper, I blended Tim Holtz Distress Inks in “Tumbled Glass”, “Peacock Feathers” and “Dusty Concord”, and then generously spritzed the area with water, to make the colours blend even more. Once dry, I sprinkled the background with larger water drops to create bleached speckles for extra interest. Finally, I used “Shabby White” Frantage embossing enamel to heat emboss and create snow flurries. Overall, I created a background that looks a bit like northern lights in the snow.
Showcasing the Image
I really like this sweet fairy stamp, so I wanted to display it in the best possible way - I chose Oval Vine (6002/0304) die set by Joy! Crafts. I cut the shape out of green cardstock then brushed tacky PVA glue on it, sprinkled loose pale green glitter all over and tapped off the excess. Once dry, I was left with a beautiful shimmery frame which looks a bit like frost flowers on glass. You may remember that I used the same die cut on two of my Halloween projects this year (“Best Witches” and “Hocus Pocus”) where it looked a lot like brambles. This just proves that the same dies can be used on a variety of projects creating completely different looks.
I used the same die set to cut out an oval out of the inked background I prepared earlier and then glued it to the centre of the frame. I adhered the fussy cut image in the middle using 3D foam and then attached the whole focal piece to the card with dimensional foam for even more elevation.
Embellishing and Finishing Touches
There’s one die that I cannot wait to use every time I create Christmas or winter cards and that’s Dee’s Distinctively “Snow Covered Tree”. It is a five piece die that creates the most amazing dimensional snowy fir free. I cut mine out of textured pearlescent cream cardstock by Craft Sensations, sprinkled “Shabby White” Frantage embossing enamel over the shapes and heat embossed to create the snow. Finally, I assembled the tree using 3D foam. I love how it turned out, definitely wintry!
I really wanted to add some extra softness and textures to the card, so I created my signature double looped bow from pale pink satin ribbon and adhered a sparkly pink ice cream button by Dress It Up in its centre. Now that definitely looks like fun to me.
Finally, I added some fuchsia pearl dots in one corner for that stronger pop of colour.
Do you create traditional Christmas cards or opt for unusual designs? Maybe you do both and like them equally as much? Leave a comment, I love reading them. Thank you for visiting my blog and until next week.