Thursday, October 20, 2011
It is time for a new challenge at Joan's Gardens. This week Joan and I have each used one of the new Cheery Lynn Christmas dies to show you the versatility of these pretty dies. We used the "Christmas Candlelight" (DL174) die. It is a beautiful very dainty die. Below is Joan's gorgeous card created for this challenge showing how to use just the outline die cut of this Candlelight die.
Even though we both used the same die, our cards look very different, don't they! Joan's card is very "elegant", die cut using shinny gold card stock, and mine is more traditional. I used black card stock to die cut the image, and in order to add color to the image, have filled in the open spaces by die cutting additional pieces of the die using colored card stock, i.e. red for the poinsettia, white for the candle, etc.
Before I explain how I added color to the candles, I want to tell you I used a piece of design paper from the "Authentique " Christmas paper pad. The green doilies are the two largest Cheery Lynn "Doily Stacker Circles 1,2,3 (DL164). You get 3 doilies in this set and each one is solid in the center. Using the smaller stacker doily, I glued the dainty candle outline to it using "Glue n Seal". You need to glue down the outline image prior to gluing in the colored pieces. This is a glue that comes in a jar and it is very easy to brush it onto the back of this candle die cut. It dries clear so if some of it get on the top, it won't show. I also used the same glue to attach the colored pieces to the image. This was kind of like putting a puzzle together. I suggest when you die cut, for instance the poinsettia out of red, you push out one red petal at a time and place it in the same place in the main die cut. It is easier to know exactly where they go if you push them out one at a time and glue in the main outline you are using. When I pushed out the white portions of the candles, I decided to put an embossed design on them. They were placed in the Sizzix "Ribbon Set" (656980) embossing folder, taped down, then embossed to give them some texture. I don't know if you can see it very well in the photo because I then added some glitter to the candles.
To give my card lots of shimmer I used the "Glue n Seal" to brush glue just inside the black outline to either add beads or glitter. There are tiny red beads on the flower, and glitter on everything else. I'm sorry it is hard to see the glitter and beads but they look beautiful on the card. Gold Stickles was added to the center of the poinsettias. Red corners were die cut using the Spellbinders "Lace Doily Accents" dies. The JustRite sentiment is from the "Christmas Trimmings" stamp set and die cut using the new Spellbinders "Picot Edge Circles". It was attached with a dimensional dot.
Please go over to Joan's Garden's to get all the details about this week's challenge. I hope you will play along with this fun challenge. Remember, you will be eligible to win a prize, plus the winner will be entered in the drawing at the end of the year for the $100 gift certificate to Joan's Gardens.