I was checking out the challenges for the beginning of this week and found two that would help me with my trying to make a Christmas card each day of the week. I found two challenges that work well together and I am actually making three cards of this same design.
Last week I made a poinsettia card which you can find here. As I was clearing/cleaning up some things to take to a scrapbook rummage sale I found some more poinsettias. This package is not the deep red of the first card I made but more of an orange/red. It works. Poinsettias come in all colors now days.
The first challenge is Merry Monday where the challenge is to use red and gold.
City Crafters Challenge Blog where the challenge is Getting Ready for Christmas.
I am using a red poinsettia. I took out a doily and spray painted it and then also painted it with a gold glitter acrylic to get my gold for the challenge. I also used the gold spray on the poinsettia. I needed a brad to hold my flower together so found 2 of these brown suede ones. They were kinda small so I added a punched circle which was painted gold behind the brad. The white paper is a book page that has a thin layer of gesso on it. I used my distressing tool on the edge of the book page and the kraft paper it is matted with. The sentiment was gold embossed on the bottom of the book page. A simple twine bow was tied on the card to finish it off. No - to finish it off - I splattered some watered down gold paint over the top. The white book page needed some splatters on it.
Close up of doily, poinsettia and gessoed background.
To finish the inside I sprayed a couple more doilies and will use half of one to top the inside of the matted cream paper. I think that will give the inside a finished/coordinated look to the front.
Three more Christmas cards will be done by the end of today. Come back tomorrow for another Christmas card. I have some new Penny Black stickers and will be using a sketch from a Sunday challenge for Christmas cards.
Last night as I started to create this card - I had a visitor - a icky mouse in the basement with me. I don't know who was scared more me or the mouse by the time I got done screaming at him. I am trying a home remedy plus I have two sticky traps laid out and I went and bought a couple more traps. The home remedy is to use peppermint extract or oil on cotton balls spread around your house. Well my house does smell minty fresh. If nothing else, stop back tomorrow for an update on the mouse problem.