Tuesday, 14 October 2014

'Star of Wonder' Christmas Card

Hello and welcome again, today I would like to share a Christmas card that I have just made using a set of Crafty Individuals stamps, some PaperArtsy chalk acrylic paints, mica powders and a few other odds and ends.

Items Used
Crafty Individuals stamp set CI 270 and CI 171
White card scraps for stamping
Kraft Card
Green glitter card
PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk acrylic paint in Mermaid, Inky Pool, Pewter, Autumn Fire, Pumpkin Soup, Pansy, Blush and Metallic Glaze.
Black archival ink
Distress ink in Vintage Photo
Clear embossing powder
Stampendous Aged Ivory embossing enamel
Copper and perfect pearls mica powder
Versa-mark ink
Brilliance Pearlescent Olive ink

To begin with I cut a square of kraft card and randomly stamped the harlequin design in 2nd generation vintage photo. Next I distressed the edges with a pair of scissors and made a couple of small nicks to give an aged appearance. I then added some vintage photo ink to darken the raw edges and rolled the corners.

The palm trees and building were then stamped in the vintage photo and then brushed with the copper mica powder. Then the bottom part of the card was lightly brushed with the vintage photo to give an impression of sand.
The 3 kings were then stamped in black and embossed with clear powder.

Next I coloured some oddments of white card with the paints ready to stamp the 3 kings onto and cut their cloaks out.

Starting at the top the colours used were;

Pansy, blush and pewter.
Autumn fire, pumpkin soup and the metallic glaze.
Mermaid, inky pool and pewter.

The cloaks only were cut out and then stuck onto the stamped figures on the card.
The star was stamped onto white card with versa-mark ink and embossed with the aged ivory enamel and then cut out and stuck above the stable.
Star of wonder was then stamped in black onto the kraft card.

The card blank was decorated with the words being stamped in black and the star in pearlescent olive, then the edges lightly inked in vintage photo and then lightly brushed with the perfect pearls mica  to add a subtle sheen.

The kraft card was mounted onto a piece of green glitter card that had been dulled by adding some vintage photo ink, then attached to the card base.

I really like the sheen and sparkle on the 3 kings robes and cutting them out and layering them onto the stamped figures adds real dimension.
This set of stamps is a new acquisition and I have enjoyed my first 'play' with them, if you have a few spare minutes pop over to Crafty Individuals blog and see what their DT have been up to

I would like to enter this card for Crafty Individuals monthly challenge titled 'Halloween Madness and Christmas Frenzy'.
Hels Sheridan's Sunday Stampers challenge titled 'Stars'

Thank-you as always for stopping by and I hope you have a good week, looks like autumn has arrived so it's a good time to get crafting!
Take care, Jane x


  1. Oh my goodness - this is beautiful Jane. Love the richness of the robes against the kraft card. Thank you lots for joining in the Crafty Individuals October Challenge. Jean x

  2. Oh, I love this very original card, your Kings robes contrast in a wonderful way against the vintage background, that's very subtle and beautifull!!! Thnak for joining the challenge of Jea and Malcolm this month. Coco xx

  3. ~Oh I absolutely LOVE this card, think it is my fave Xmas card I have seen this year... tis wonderful... Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

  4. Absolutely gorgeous!!!
    Alison x

  5. A gorgeous richness to your card, especially to the robes.
    Really is wonderful.
    Thank you for joining the Crafty Individuals challenge.

  6. Such a lovely card! It's simple, yet so effective, the three wise men just pop up from the delicate background!