Saturday, 28 October 2017

CCT-October Stash

We are into the second week of our Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge - October stash. We have been asking you to use canvas or wood on your cards. 

I think wood is a popular feature on cards but canvas is maybe not quite so easy. 

I have used an embossing folder which I have had for a good long while and rarely used. It is actually called 'Hessian' but I hope I can be forgiven for that. 

I started with grey paper, embossed and then inked directly with a Dew Drop Brilliance white pigment ink pad. I blended more grey and black dye ink around the edge.
The ribbon on the left is covering an unembossed area where the folder was too narrow and I couldn't get it in my machine in the other direction. 

I heat embossed the holly (Honey Doo Holly) on vellum, added some more Brilliance with a brush and a touch of red pencil on the backs of the berries. 

I will say that the holly was reluctant to lie flat even after scrolling with a ball tool on the back. It had to be quite well stuck down so as not to be damaged in transit. It really behaved like real holly being prickly and curled up in all directions. In fact it was like one of those paper fish you hold in your hand that tell your fortune. Perhaps because I'd painted it with ink. 

I wanted to create a wintry frosty look and I think that's what I've done. I hope you will feel inspired to join in with our challenge. Do have a look at all the great work by the rest of the DT.
I'm Joining in with October Rudolf Days over at Scrappy Mo's. There are always wonderful cards to inspire.
Also Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Callenge #357 Anything Goes as long as it's Christmas. 
Thanks for visiting and Enjoy Your Day, x


  1. WOW love the background and the holly leaves look simply divine
    Thank you so much for joining us at the Rudolph Days Challenge!
    Rudolph Days Challenge DT
    Dr Sonia

  2. Wow what a glorious creation- I wish I could wake up to that in my delivery of cards!


  3. Fabulous card, some really lovely elements, especially love the holly done on vellum as I have a poor relationship with vellum.

    Kath x

  4. Wonderful card! I love the hessian embossing and the holly on velum is magnificent.
    I love the overall look and feel of this card.
    Thanks for taking part in the October Rudolph days Challenge.

  5. I absolutely adore this card! The frosty look, dry embossing, ribbon--everything!

  6. That is absolutely lovely, the hessian effect background looks beautiful.
    Jane (Rudolph Days GDT)

  7. Beautiful! I love the vellum holly and the softly coloured berries along with the texture of the background! Thank you so much for sharing this lovely creation with us at the Rudolph Days Challenge!
    Rudolph Days Challenge DT

  8. I love the delicate holly leaves, that hessian background embossing folders makes me keeping looking twice at it, it looks 3D. A really striking card x

  9. Thanks for entering your lovely crafting for CHNC challenge 357 - hope to see you again soon x

  10. This is so unusual in the grey and white .The hessian embossing folder is very realistic and looks lovely with the holly leaves. A perfect card. Hugs Mrs A.

  11. quelle merveille Alison, c'est une carte si élégante! biz

  12. Wow this looks fantastic Alison. Your hessian background looks great and the vellum holly and berries look very pretty. Barbxx


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