The card I have made uses the wattle from Flourishes Bloomin Aussie Florals stamp set. I really struggle to find stamps appropriate for Australian Christmas cards. The stamps are all northern hemisphere snow, deer, holly and pine trees. Lovely stamps but don't really reflect the swelteringly hot days of summer which is our Christmas here. The only white stuff falling from the sky here is likely to be hail from a thunderstorm. Australian Christmas stamps tend to be cutesy surfing Santas or koalas in Santa hats. So I thought I would colour up the flourishes wattle with Christmas green and red rather than our green and gold and add a bit of sparkle. I used Copics R000, 02, 22, 24, 27 for the flowers and G000, YG00,03,06,67 for the leaves. The green background is a scrap of card I used to wipe up distress ink and glimmermist from another project. The circular die is Memory Box's Suffix Globe cut from red glittery cardstock. The Merry Christmas is an old Kaisercraft wood mounted stamp.
Thank you for looking and I hope everyone has a lovely Christmas. Cheers Linda
I made this card for Marks Finest Papers Speedy Fox and Friends challenge 188 Purple Christmas. I was a little stumped at first as I don't have a MFP Christmas stamp set, but then I remembered all the gorgeous window scene cards that I have come across lately. So I grabbed the bare branched tree from MFPs Tree Greetings stamp set and Poppy Stamps Grand Madison window. I stamped the tree in Stazon jet black on gloss card, masked a circle for the moon coloured the background with distress inks - milled lavender, shaded lilac and (my all-time favourite) dusty concord. I masked some snow drifts at the bottom but the window ended up covering it. I then added a bit of Signo white pen for snow on the branches. The sentiment and banner, and the sparkly snowflake are Marianne Collectables dies from two different sets.
Maybe one day I wont be crafting in the middle of the night and be able to take a nice picture in natural light. Thank you for passing by my blog. Cheers Linda