Hello, hello! I don’t know about you, but I love poinsettias. Their big, deep red velvety petals are just perfect for the holidays. For a long time we couldn’t have poinsettias in our house because we had a cat who was prone to eat anything that even looked like a living plant, and we didn’t want silly Oscar to make herself sick. But now our house is animal-less, so poinsettias are a possibility again, and I’m excited about that! When I found these poinsettia embellishments on one of my many (dangerous) trips to my friendly neighborhood Michaels, I knew I had to have them. I’ve only used them on a couple things so far, including today’s cards. Take a look:
This card is fun and different! I knew I wanted to use the white and gold poinsettias, so I started there and decided it would be neat to juxtapose the glittery flowers against plain kraft cardstock for a kind of shabby chic feel. From there the design came easily. I stamped the polka-dot border using VersaMark, and embossed with gold on the white paper and white on the kraft paper…et voila! I die cut the label then used the same gold tinsel embossing powder to add some pop without adding another layer of paper. The sentiment stamp fit well with the shabby chic style. The final touch was the bow – oh, the bow! I used 2 types of twine and some gold thread to make this beauty. And the button in the middle just sets it off! I love that bow.
And now, the inside:
I don’t usually like to put any dimension on the inside of cards because it makes them hard to close, but I couldn’t resist another bow-and-button combo! The inside needed some dressing-up anyway, and I knew this card was going to be given in person (in other words, not mailed), so I didn’t worry too much about it.
The second card uses a more classic red poinsettia, and combines it with music, my favorite 🙂
This card took me a lot longer than I like to admit. I just couldn’t get all the layers just right, but I finally settled on a design and started gluing. The adorable little children and the “A Merry Christmas” poem came from the Crafty Secrets Christmas Images and Journal Notes Heartwarming Vintage Collection. They’re just so sweet! I covered them in glossy accents and sprinkled some gold glitter in, then set them aside to dry as I picked out the rest of my papers and embellishments. Then came the layering I mentioned before…and, long story short, the corner punch with gold background was the finishing touch that made this card come together. Of course, that gorgeous poinsettia didn’t hurt, either 🙂
I kept the inside very simple:
That’s all for today! I hope you’ll stop by again tomorrow for a brief respite from Christmas cards – it’s Wedding Wednesday and I have a brand new design ready for you! Have a lovely day 🙂