Saturday, October 15, 2016

Wood Grain Christmas

I just had to participate in a Gina K. Designs release challenge in which we were to use a wood grain background for a Christmas card. And, I had so much fun again and this version uses a wood grain design with an embossing folder as well.

First I took an Ivory card stock sized 4 x 5 1/2 inches and scored it with half inch increments. My next step for the wood grain was to take the Gina K. Designs Kraft dye ink pad and run that flat along the whole panel. Next I then took the Gina K. Designs Christmas Pine dye ink pad and went over the top of the Kraft ink.

Now I was ready to put it in the Holly embossing folder by Cuttlebug and make the embossed design. When that was done the final step for the wood grain background was to take the Gina K. Designs Ivory pigment ink pad and by laying it flat go down the panel to bring out the embossing. The pigment ink was a bit wet so I took a paper towel and rubbed it to dry it off somewhat but you could also let it air dry or use a heat gun. I was in a hurry and the paper towel was handy.

The cardinal image and sentiment from the Gina K. Designs Peace and Joy stamp set were added to Ivory card stock too. I stamped them with Gina K. Designs black dye ink and then colored them with my Bic Mark-It pens, I also sponged on a little bit of Memento Summer Sky to create a blue sky on my scene. The image was then die cut with a Die-Namic My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Oval die. And, the outer Red Velvet layer was cut with a Cheery Lynn Designs Classic Oval die.

I added a ribbon to the wood grain background and then placed that on a Red Velvet card base. Over the ribbon I popped up the cardinal image. Next I took some of the red glitter paper residue I had laying around from the ornaments I did earlier in the week and used that as bling on the card. My card was then finished by adding an Ivory panel inside on which I stamped some holly and the sentiment.

Supplies used:
Gina K. Designs Card Stock
Die-Namics MFT Wonky Stitched Oval Die
Cheery Lynn Designs Classic Oval Die
Gina K. Designs Peace and Joy Set
Gina K. Designs Ink
Memento Ink
Zots Glue Dots
Crafter's Companion Glue Pen
Stampin' Up! Red Glitter Paper
Bic Mark-It Pens
Cuttlebug Holly Embossing Folder
2-Way Glue Pen (added glitter bits)
Tweezer (added glitter bits)

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Crop Stop Linky Party #21-Anything Goes
Scrapy Land Challenge #51-Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by. We have a wedding reception to attend later today so that will be a fun event I am sure too. I hope you have a great weekend.

God bless,


Karen Dunbrook said...

so pretty...the red pops and who doesn't love seeing those beautiful cardinals on a holiday card!!! Lovely mf.

Unknown said...

This is beautiful! Love the wood grain going horizontal and the holly embossing folder you used! O course, the star of the show is that fantastic Red Cardinal! Merry Merry!

Donna Ellis said...

Your cardinal is beautifully colored, Verna! Lovely use of the wood fence technique, and gorgeous in the teal/turquoise paper. Such a lovely card! XXOO

Judy Woodland said...

I really, really like this, Verna!!! Your background is perfect, great color. And the cardinal is perfect too. Just a wonderfully gorgeous card!!!

Ina G said...

Beautiful card Verna. Lovely layout.

Barbara said...

Genius to use the holly embossing folder. There are soooooo many ways to do this technique. Love this one.

Joyce Erb said...

Beautiful, love the wood color and embossing folder. The bird is perfect for your scene

Anne Temple said...

Wow, this is stunning! Love the woodgrain embossed background and your cardinal looks fabulous too.

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

Wow, this is really beautiful! Great job!

Lori Kobular said...

Gorgeous Christmas card! I love that beautiful cardinal and the holy and woodgrain background! Thanks for playing along with us at Scrapy Land Challenges!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Oh, very pretty, Verna! I love the cardinal! Your backing papers are gorgeous too! I like how you are adding your watermark with the little name tag - brilliant idea!

Nancy said...

I have not tried this technique..but you sure have me intrigued! Beautifully done!

Esther Asbury said...

I saw your link on the Crop Stop blog and wanted to stop by your blog and say what a beautiful card this is! I love the wood grain and vibrant colors! So lovely!

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