Saturday, 16 March 2013

Christmas animals .....

... Hi!  It's time for our new challenge at 52 {Christmas} Card ThrowdownLouise is hosting the challenge this month and this week she'd like us to make Christmas/Holiday cards featuring animals that are popular at Christmas. 


Now, I have a lot of Christmas animal stamps, so this is an easy challenge - wrong!  It turned out to be harder than I first thought - my first couple of cards are in the bin; didn't like them at all!  However, I found a couple of stamps that I think are just super - oh yes, I made two cards!!  Here's the first:


My card features a well-loved Christmas animal - Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer!  I used some polka dot paper for the backing layer and the debossed side of the white card.


Stamps:  Stampin' Up! - More Merry Messages; Animal stamps free with Simply Cards & Papercrafting; Waltzingmouse - Festive Foliage
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black; SU - Real Red
Accessories: Promarkers - Berry Red, Cocoa, Burnt Sienna, Tan; SU 1¾" Scallop Circle Punch ; SU Design Paper - Real Red; Cuttlebug EF - Distressed Snow; Gem from stash; White lustre card

The design paper is double sided with white polka dots on the front (as on the front of the card) and large outline circles on the reverse, which is the side I used for the mat on the inside of the card.  I added a few holly leaves and berries as well.  I'm going to come clean here - I managed to get a couple of ink marks on the white background and rather than start over, I simply covered them with the holly leaves (that's why they're black) and some berries!  I seem to remember that there are no mistakes in crafting, just happy accidents!  I think the inside looks much better with the addition of the leaves and berries.

I did make another card, but I'd completely forgotten that we weren't including birds!!  Here's my other card:


Stamps:  Stampin' Up! - More Merry Messages; Animal stamps free with Simply Cards & Papercrafting
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black; SU - Real Red
Accessories: Promarkers - Berry Red, Cocoa, Burnt Sienna, Tan; SU 1¾" Scallop Circle Punch ; SU Card - Real Red; Cuttlebug EF - Distressed Snow; Piccolo Pure Sparkle Gold Glitter; White lustre card

I just love robins - they really remind me of Christmas.  I stamped the image twice onto white card, cut around the circle on one and around the body of the bird on the other.  I coloured the robin with Promarkers and glued the coloured image to the circle.  I used a glue pen to colour the crown and when touch dry poured on some glitter!  I used my scallop circle to punch out a red background.  I stamped the image onto the red mount in order to see the robin's feet!  I cut a couple of panels in red and white.  I attached the red card to the card base and ran the white through my Cuttlebug.  I used my Fiskars stamp press to stamp the sentiment.  For the inside I cut a couple more red and white panels.  I stamped the singing robins along the bottom of the white card and a greeting in the centre.


Now - don't forget to visit the rest of the team and check out their inspiration cards!  We had so many lovely entries last week, and I can't wait to see your cards for this week's challenge!

That's all for now.  See you soon.

14 comments:

Pauline said...

These are both so jolly and festive Deborah, a great addition to your Xmas card stash!

Jackie said...

Fabulous cards and the debossed side is quite effective :o)
Jackie xx

Stamps and Paper said...

Lovely cards Deborah...but your reindeer one really made me smile..

Anne

sarahstone said...

I love that your cards are so simple, yet wonderfully decorative at the same time. Super cute! Great job!

Wendy Coffman said...

I love that bit of bling on his nose - great card!

Marybeth said...

They are both very fun and pretty ! Sounds like a fun challenge. Love the inside of your cards as well.

Jacqueline said...

Gorgeous cards Deborah especially Rudolf - love the polka dot paper - Jacqueline xx

Kim Heggins said...

Deborah, you will be more than ready with your Christmas card stash when the holiday rolls around. Adorable cards.

Patricia H said...

You've created two great clean and simple cards this week, Deborah! The rhinestone nose is the perfect accent for your Rudolph image. I adore the line of singing robins inside your other card - the poor third guy in the line has lost his crown, ooops! :)
P.S. I think it's interesting that you associate robins with Christmas. Here in Virginia they are a sign that spring is on the way!

Louise van Vuren said...

Sorry to hear you binned a couple, I often do that. But these two re both brilliant - fun, crisp and so Christmassy. I do love rudolph with his bling and that polka dot paper is just too gorgeous. Hope you enjoyed the challenge!

Louise xx

Ruth M said...

Love the crisp red and white with the black on both cards! Both cards are very festive and cheery and I love the texture the embossing adds! I'm delighted to see decorated insides too - even though you may not have exactly planned the holly leaves LOL! Yep, no mistakes in crafting - just embellishment opportunities!
Ruth x

Danielle Vincent said...

Hi Deborah - fab cards! I especially love Rudolph! Love the embossing and polka dot paper.

Mynnette said...

Two darling cards! LOVE the layout and how you just flipped it on either card! LOVE the dry embossed white, too! Fabulous, Deb! :)

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Fantastic, love the red noose.

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