Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tidings of Comfort grungy/vintage card and gold gem technique

Hello Crafters!

Sunday night in bed I thumbed through a new magazine and fell asleep.  I must have dreamed about making cards because I woke up Monday at 5:30am- bright eyed with a card idea in my head.  Into the craft room I went and made this card.  All of it was made before I went to work except the poinsettia.  The poinsettia was made about two months ago and was waiting patiently for its project.  I hope it was well worth the wait!  :)

The card used a Quietfire Christmas stamp Tidings of Comfort and Joy:
Tidings of Comfort and Joy
The corrugated card base (Recollections) had Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain applied along the edges.  Green distress paper (Tim Holtz 8x8 pad) was dry embossed with Couture Creations "Trellis" embossing folder, cut to size and edges were distress inked.  It was mounted on gold paper.

The poinsettia was fun to make: a piece of card board from an old paper pad was die cut using Sizzix' poinsettia die.  Distress inks in Fired Brick, Scattered Straw, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain was applied to the die cuts.  Clear Crackle was applied and dried.  After drying, more Fired Brick, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain was applied.  The flower center was finished using Stickles in Golden Rod.  The cool crackle poinsettia was adhered to the card as shown.  Here is a closeup of the front...
...and a side view...  
The Tidings stamp was applied to more distress paper with black dye ink. Distress ink was applied along the edges.  Gold bling was added.  
A front view of the card:

Now, it wasn't until the weekend when I was scrounging in my room trying to find a metallic embellishment that I had a crafting Eureka! moment.  I took some gems I hardly ever use (in this case yellow) and used Sakura's Pen Touch in gold on the gems.  After the gems dried I used my tweezers to add the gems to the card.  The surface is durable and my sharp tweezers did not scratch the finish.  Here is another tip: for a smoother look use the pen on the entire gem and then press the pen nib on top of the gem- the gold flows out on top of the gem and gives it a smoother finish.  Cool, huh?
I hope you enjoyed the card and the metallic gem tip!  Thanks for stopping by and have a terrific Tuesday!
Kathy Jo

This card is entered into the following challenges:
A Crafty Mess, AG
Crafting by Design, AG
Crafty Sentiments Designs, 2 or more papers (4 on the card)
Brown Sugar, AG
Scrapping for fun, AG with bling
Sweet Stampin', To die for
Word Art Wednesday, AG
Crafty Calendar, Christmas
Love to Create, Christmas
Christmas Stampin all year long, AG
Suzy Bee's, AG vintage
Crafty Hazelnut Christmas Extra, AG
Dies R Us, Christmas


  1. BEAUTIFUL creation ... love that poinsettia ... thanks for the tips on making it! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘CHRISTMAS’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)

  2. absolutely gorgeous flower! I just purchased the Tim Holtz tattered poinsettia die. I hope mine turns out as nice as yours!

  3. Beautiful card and your poinsettia is gorgeous, thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments this week. Jac x

  4. This is absolutely gorgeous, love it. Thanks for joining us at the Brown Sugar challenge, hope to see you back next time. Barb

  5. This is absolutely stunning!! The poinsettia looks amazing!! I love the idea of coloring the gems...wouldn't have thought of that so thanks for the tip!! Gorgeous card my friend!! Have a great day :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  6. Another beauty love the poinsetta , thanks for the tip on the marker I usually use the Copic marker .

  7. Gorgeous card, love the poinsettia, thanks for the tip about the marker. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Calendar Challenges.
    Kim x

  8. Stunning card! Love that beautiful poinsettia! I'm so glad you were able to join our Christmas challenge at Dies R Us!

  9. Gorgeous Christmas card! Incredible textures and design!

  10. Hi Kathy!
    Beautiful card! I love your work.
    Thank you so much for joining us at Scrapping4Fun Challenge Blog!
    Hugs Sandra DT

  11. Absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week. Sammy-x

  12. Gorgeous card! Thank you for joining our "Make it for Christmas" Challenge at Love to Create this week.
    Ruza ~ LTC Admin/Designer
    Ruza's Craft Corner

  13. Absolutely stunning!!! I love the poinsettia! Thanks for joining us at Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Blog and good luck!
    Lynne, Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Blog DT

  14. AHHHHHHH! I am in awe! That poinsettia is simply amazing! DEFINITELY worth the wait to go on this most perfect card. So much beautiful texture and dimension, Kathy Jo - honestly, what a beauty. It needs a frame!

  15. That Poinsettia is just stunning! Love your vintage card...thanks for sharing this with us at Scrapping4Fun challenge. Good Luck, Rupa (DT

  16. Very Gorgeous card! Love how you detailed your poinsettia using TH mixed media. :D Thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments Challenge.
    Deborah GDT

  17. Stunning card, love what you did with the Poinsettia!
    Thank you for your entry at Scrapping4funChallenges.
    Rachelle DT

  18. Every time you use corrugated paper, I ooh and ahh over your creations. It's your special gift to blend rustic and elegant together to make the most amazing cards. I haven't seen anyone else be so good at it!

  19. Just gorgeous - love everything about this.

    Thanks for joining us at A Crafty Mess and hope we'll see you again for the next challenge.

    Helen x

  20. Thank you for sharing your lovely crafting for my CHNC challenge extra for November - hope to see you again soon x


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