Peaceful Poinsettia Christmas Card Two Ways PP422

by Joanne James9. December 2018 09:00

 

It's Sunday and time for this week's new challenge over at The Paper Players! It's my turn to host this week and for our final challenge this year I have a festive colour challenge for you to work with:

 

Red, green and a colour of your choice - to retain the festive theme! I have not one but two Christmas cards to share with you this week both of which feature a traditional flower for this time of year. My cards are identical, I simply used Shaded Spruce for the base of one and Real Red for the base of the other. Take a look at the first one on the base of Shaded Spruce:

 

And here's the second one, on a Real Red base:

 

Here's the low-down on today's cards:

Peaceful Poinsettia - I'm not sure whether my colour scheme inspired my choice of poinsettia for today's card, or the other way around - maybe a bit of both! Either way I thought that the two were a perfect match, so used an inverted pair of the festive boughs from the Peaceful Poinsettia stamp set to frame this sentiment from the same set which seemed fitting for our final Paper Players challenge of the year. 

Detailed Poinsettia Embossing - I used the Detailed Poinsettia Thinlits Dies to cut out my floral boughs but also used the corner pieces and smaller detailed dies to create an embossed panel for the base of my card by using the Big Shot embossing mat to emboss using the thinlits rather than diecut with them. I love the effect this gives and the subtle detail it adds.

Added Floral Sparkle - For added sparkle to my poinsettias, I chose silver as my additional colour of choice and used the same technique that I used on this card here where you stamp onto a piece of acetate window sheet using Stazon ink and flip it over and colour the reverse with Stampin' Blends. This is then backed with silver glimmer paper for a sparkly coloured effect. This is such a fun technique and really very pretty in real life.

I'm not sure which of these cards I prefer - that's why I shared both; I'd love to know which one is your favourite. 

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's projects for you to pin for easy reference:

 

 

You can see all of my Product and 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Whilst I've included the link to the bundle below, the Peaceful Poinsettia  stamp set is currently available at 20% off and the dies at a whopping 30% off as part of the year-end closeouts, so if they are on your wish list, now is the time to snap them up at a bargain price before they retire for good. You can access the complete Year-End Closeouts list here

Before you reach for your ink and papers, check out what our amazing team has created to inspire you this week:

The Paper Players Design Team
Here's a quick recap of our challenge rules:
 
1.  Create a new paper project
2.  Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us and provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge submission.
3.  Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL.
4.  Have FUN!

I can't wait to see what you create with this week's colours and look forward to visiting your blogs this week. This is our last challenge before we take a two-week break to celebrate the Christmas period with our families, so we hope you'll find the time to join us! We will be taking a two week break before returning with a fresh new set of challenges for 2019 starting on Sunday 6th January 2019. Thanks to everyone who plays along each week, to this year's guest designers Jan, Elizabeth and Annie, and everyone of you who visits our blogs and leaves us encouraging comments each week - it's great to know that you enjoy our creations! 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend as it will be over all too quickly. I am hoping to decorate the house for the holidays today and put the Christmas tree up. I made a wreath for the front door yesterday however at the moment due to family and sports commitments that is the extent of the decorations, so it's about time we rectified that! I'll be back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!

 

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used: 

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Comments (8) -

jaydee
jaydeeUnited States
12/9/2018 9:11:26 PM #

Joanne, I love both versions of the card, but  I think the red is my favorite.   All of that wonderful shimmer and shine adds another dimension to your gorgeous CAS card.  Love the embossed background, too.
Hugs
Jaydee

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Laurie
LaurieUnited States
12/10/2018 1:44:12 AM #

Awesome cards! I just love the sparkle...your blooms are so pretty Joanne!

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sandym
sandymUnited States
12/13/2018 5:39:04 PM #

What a terrific technique, Joanne. Thanks for sharing the how-to. I'd like to give it a try. The effects are gorgeous!

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Ann Schach
Ann SchachUnited States
12/13/2018 10:12:01 PM #

Oh my gosh, Joanne! I LOVE both cards. The flowers are gorgeous. I am going to have to try this technique.  Thank you for the inspiration!

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Elizabeth Stewart
Elizabeth StewartUnited States
12/14/2018 3:47:23 PM #

Joanne... I love how you got the glitter effect on your card...brilliant!  SO sparkly!
I can't thank you enough for this year...the team's support and friendship were so precious to me throughout treatment.  I have loved being on this DT...it has been so much fun!  I will definitely miss the camaraderie each week. I am not disappearing though, I still plan to play along each week!

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Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
12/14/2018 6:06:24 PM #

Joanne, these cards are FABULOUS!!!!!!!  I love this technique and all that sparkle makes me smile!  Thanks for sharing the directions!  I hope you got your home decorated and can relax this weekend!  BIG HUGS, My friend!  XX

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Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
12/14/2018 7:46:11 PM #

I love how the cards looks quite different when only the base colour is the same. You've used your sparkle technique a lot over the run up to Christmas and it's such an effective thing to do. Great colour choice, Joanne - and you forced me to ink up Shaded Spruce! Thank you so much for sharing all your tips and techniques.

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Anne Marie Hile
Anne Marie HileUnited States
12/14/2018 8:12:27 PM #

Joanne, we have to talk. You keep creating these gorgeous cards and convincing me that I NEED these stamp sets. I didn’t buy this bundle and you are making me wish I did. Haha! I am in love with the shimmer technique as well. I need to try that! What a beautiful effect. As always, you wow me. This was a fun color challenge this week.

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