Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Time to Sparkle and Shine!

Hello everyone and welcome to another month and a fresh new challenge over at Country View Crafts.  This month the Design Team are challenging you to


Sparkle and Shine




I decided to make a start on some of my Christmas cards, but of course there are plenty of other ways to interpret this fabulous theme.




I have recently managed to buy the Tattered Poinsettia die (hooray ! at long last) and was eager to try the frosted film flower which Tim made in his December 2013 Tag. If you want to know how it is made then click the link HERE. It really is a stunner of a flower! The frosted film really sparkles although it is difficult to see this in the photograph.



And so to the background of the card. I cut a piece of Ranger manilla cardstock to fit my card blank and sponged Festive Berries Distress Ink through the Harlequin stencil and over stamped some text with Antique Linen. Vintage Photo Distress Ink was blended around the edges.  Despite trying to be very light handed it was a bit too strong in colour, so I spritzed the whole background with water and rolled a kitchen towel over it and then dried it with the heat gun. Perfect!



You can see what a lovely soft finish it gives.  



For some shine I inked my die cut flourish in Walnut Stain and embossed it with clear embossing powder. Again you can't really see the shine in the photograph.



Quite a simple card but I think very effective thanks to that wonderful flower!

I do hope you will join us in our challenge this month and do hop on over to the blog to see the other fabulous makes from the rest of the Design Team and our Guest Designer. And of course there are posts nearly every other day through the month from the Design Team as well.


Thank you for joining me today!


Jennie x



18 comments:

Doreen said...

This is just gorgeous,love the flower and fab details.xxx

Rita said...

Oh my goodness Jennie your card is so beautiful. That Poinsettia is fabulous, especially all the subtle colours. TFS. Have a Good Day. Hugs Rita xxx

Bonnie McLain said...

Jennie, this is very attractive and so very soft and sweet ... I love it.. stunning card. Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

Astrid Maclean said...

Fabulous make Jennie! Love the soft colours you have used and that poinsettia looks amazing!

butterfly said...

It's so lovely, Jennie - subtle and elegant, with just that hint of shimmer and shine from your glorious poinsettia.
Alison xx

Aspiring crafter said...

This is so pretty Jennie , the poinsettia is beautiful and I love the background and the sentiment,
XxxRuth

Sue said...

This is beautiful Jennie, I love the poinsettia, and I'm sure I have some (unused) frosted film, so definitely time to get it out xx

2amscrapper said...

I also have this die and have yet to use it. Thanks for the great inspiration! Helene

Inkypinkycraft said...

a really lovely piece x sorry for the lack of comments but life has other plans for me at the moment and is keeping me busy! so sorry x

Juliz Design Post said...

Such a sophisticated poinsettia and beautifully made and elegant in design.
Have a great weekend.
Julie x

Julia S-W said...

Wow! This is stunning Jennie, really beautiful flower (of course!). I thought you'd used vellum before I read your post but this film looks amazing. The background is subtle, elegant and the perfect backdrop for your bloom. Beautiful.
Have a lovely weekend.
Juliaxx

Mona Pendleton said...

Gorgeous Jennie! That Poinsettia looks amazing!

Annie said...

a gorgeous Christmas Card Jennie and the Poinsettia is amazing. I have had vellum in my stash for years and I really must use it ( from my Pergamano days)

Crafty Hugs
Annie x

kassa said...

Awe Jennie - simpliy delightful just love and adore <3 <3 <3

Dr Sonia S V said...

Dropping by seeing your Dt card...love your flower...looks so gorgeous ..off to explore the tutorial link
Cheers
Dr Sonia
Cards Crafts Kids Projects

Tracey Mallaghan said...

Stunning flower and your background sets ot off perfectly :)

Susan Carol said...

This is simply beautiful. The lovely soft backround really sets off the gorgous poinsettia.

Brenda Brown said...

A delightful card Jennie, I love the background and gorgeous poinsettia xx