Monday, March 19, 2018

Merry Monday #282 {Silent Night, Holy Night}

The weeks are just flying by way too fast! How is it already Monday again? I need time to SSSSSSSLLLLLLOOOOOWWWW down! Well, regardless, it IS Monday, so that means I have a new card for the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge!

This week Linda has asked us to make a card using this photo as inspiration! I'm realizing that I definitely need to get a candle image. I have needed/wanted one for a few challenges now and have just had to go in a different direction! Anyway, this photo is chock full of inspiration, regardless of the candle. I decided to use a lot of red, greenery and a few other touches that I will explain in my post.

To begin, I dry embossed a piece of Pure Poppy cardstock using a quatrefoil embossing folder by The Paper Studio that I picked up at Hobby Lobby. If you look closely at the ribbon in the photo, it also has this pattern so I thought that was a good starting point. Whenever I do dry embossing, I feel the need to simplify my card to let the embossing shine.
I also really liked all of the gold in the photo, so I decided to heat emboss one of the sentiments from the Happiest of Holidays stamp set in Antique Gold embossing powder. I matted the sentiment piece onto a piece of Kraft cardstock. I liked how that set off the gold in the sentiment, so I also mounted the dry embossed red piece onto an A2 Kraft base for continuity.



I loved the sprigs of greenery framing the candle so I made some of my own using the Pinecone Greetings stamp set. It has a great mix of greens and pinecones that work perfectly for this challenge. I stamped them and then die cut them using the coordinating Pinecone Greetings Sugar Cuts. I arranged them above the sentiment. It felt a little naked to me, and even though I was covering up the dry embossing, I decided to add a strip of pattern paper for some added texture and warmth. The finishing touch is a few Bright Gold Nuvo Drops around the greenery. Thanks for fluttering by!


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13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lovely!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

An elegant beauty, Kelly! Just love your pine boughs with pine cones - so much wonderful texture on those glossy pine cones! Perfect on the quatrefoil embossing!!

Felicita Johnson said...

Kelly, Beautiful! I love all of the detail and your right the craft makes the design pop even more. I'm in love with the pattern paper. Have a great week.

JoAnn said...

So many wonderful details. Love the sentiment embossed in gold and the lovely pine cones and branches. The embossed background adds great texture.

Kim Heggins said...

So beautiful...love all your sweet little details, they make your card shine!

Colleen said...

I just love visiting you and reading your posts, you layer and add so much detail to each card, it is a masterpiece ready for framing! Love this card Kelly! Have a wonderful week!! Heart Hugs, Colleen

Tracey McNeely said...

Beautiful Kelly, you always put together beautiful scenes!

Linda said...

Beautiful card Kelly. Lovely papers and layout. Hope you have a great week.

Debbie Henderson said...

This is so pretty! Everything just really shows up great with the red background behind the layers!

Marcia HIll said...

Beautiful, beautiful card Kelly! As usual, I LOVE all the little details you always add! Loving the embossed background and the gold embossed sentiment on red too! Your greenery and the pinecones are just lovely as is the strip of DSP! FABULOUS card! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!! :0)

Notes by Nina said...

Stunning card, so many wonderful details.

Lori Turner said...

Gorgeous card - I love all the details...the embossed background is a great touch! Hope you have a wonderful weekend xoxoxoxo

JD/ Jill said...

Beautiful card! I like how you layered all your neat elements!