Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Sunday, March 6, 2011


I was never very keen on embossing, back in the days when you needed to use a light box and stylus, but since I had my cuttlebug there's no stopping me. So when I found this week's Bah! Humbug! challenge was embossing, it was just a matter of choosing which design to use. I did intend to use some hot embossing as well, but the design sort of took over on its own, and I found I didn't need it. I decided to emboss using a Scrap-magic template. I loved these when I first saw them, but I don't think it has ever been used! And here is the card I made.

I printed out three papers from the Artylicious Season's Greetings CD. One was almost plain though it is a feint misting of the pinks and blues in the second paper, and I printed this onto pearlescent card and used it to emboss the tree template. Then I made a mat from the third paper and used off-cuts of this to scrap some areas on the tree. The second paper was used to cover the upper two-thirds of the base card and for the lower third I used some plain white paper which I had put through a cuttlebug embossing folder. The raised snowflake and pricking pattern for the small stitched tree were both a part of the tree stencil, and a little glitter glue on the snowflake and a few coordinating gems gave the whole thing a lift.

When I saw that the ABC Christmas Challenge this week was E for Embossing and Embellishments, I thought I would enter this card for both challenges. I needed to use three different embellishments, and the gems counted as one. The pink bow at the base of the tree was a second, and for the third one, to finish it off, I made an angel to sit on top of the tree.
Isn't she just so cute? She is one of a pair of Judi-kins stamps called 'Praying' and 'Peeping'. This one is obviously 'Peeping', hence her slipped halo! I stamped her onto some shrink plastic and coloured her with Sakura glitter gelly roll pens, and because she looked a little lost against the colour of the tree, I mounted her in a small oval of white card. Because I am still nervous about empty spaces I added a pair of matching Elusive images corner stamps at the top, in a subtle but matching colour so they filled the spaces without detracting from the main image.
So I am entering this card in the Bah! Humbug! Challenge 9 here,
and ABC Christmas Challenge here.

Following a tip off by Hazel that Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge is also Embossing this week, I am adding that challenge for my card. You can see the details of this challenge here.


veronica said...

nice idea Kate - I have that stencil, and it is so long since I used it I don't even know where it is! I do know where the naughty angel stamp is though.........

Jean Straw said...

Lovely card Kate, I like the colours and I still love the little angel. Jean

Delphine said...

Beautiful card, Kate! Fantastic tree, wonderful colours and I love the angel, so cute! Thanks for joining us at ABC Christmas Challenge and good luck! Delphine xx

Anonymous said...

Really cute card, love how you have put it all together! Thanks for playing along with us on the ABC Christmas challenge this time, hope to see you next time too, hugs Samantha :0)

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Kathyk said...

Very pretty and lovely colours too


Valerie said...

Lovely card, so different using the scrap-magic template. Love the colours as well :)

Ann said...

Kate this is just fabulous - you've done a brilliant job with the scrap magic - I never quite got to grips with those, but wow looking at this maybe I should have tried harder.
It's fabbie - really fabbie.
Thanks for joining us again at Bah! Humbug! and good luck in the draw.
Ann xxx
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Aquarius said...

Well I'd completely forgotten about the scrap magic templates I have and I like what you've done with this tree. cute angel for the top too.

ikki said...

Great card, not heard of scrap magic templates, will have to look into them. Love the lace making post, super crafting. I have checked the link in the Cupboard to the embossing with a stylus pen post and it works for me. Not sure why you can't find it! You could try clicking of embossing tips on the sidebar,you should find it that way. Thanks for dropping by.

Sandra said...

Very pretty card and lovely colours.

Anonymous said...

Very sweet card Kate, love the colours. I haven't heard of scrap magic templates before but if this is anything to go by, they're very striking to use. Love the little naughty angel too! Thanks for stopping by already.


Hazel said...

There's a real touch of luxury with the embossing and the lush colour you've used. You might like to also enter it into my CHNC challenge 10 which this week is also asking for the use of embossing - and there's a random prize this week x

Hazel said...

Thanks for joining in my CHNC challenge 10 - hope to see you again next week.

Max said...

Utterly fabulous. Thank you for sharing with us at Bah! Humbug!

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Helen said...

Gorgeous card - love the colour!
Thanks for joining us at the ABC Christmas Challenge!
Helen x