Saturday, November 7, 2015

Peaceful Poinsettia

11/11/2015 Update: The AHSC Design Team selected Peaceful Poinsettia as a Top Three in this challenge!
The holiday season has arrived if you've been in any of the stores and so I am posting a card that was inspired by the holiday season. The design is from the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #132. I like this sketch so well that I may use it when I make my personal cards to mail. I was also influenced to use the silver glimmer paper and glitter by the Inkspirational Challenge #95.

Having lived in Florida for many years, my yard was always abloom with huge poinsettias in fall and through much of the winter. At least until a frost. The poinsettia's flower is actually only the yellow center. The leaves turn red as the flower matures and appear to look as if they are the flower. The profusion of color in my winter garden included red, pink, peach, speckled and ivory poinsettias. We trimmed them back in April and August with a dose of plant food and by November they had grown as tall as 8' with huge blooms.
In making the card, a panel of green print DSP was adhered to the card base. A panel of cardstock was embossed with a poinsettia design, trimmed in silver glimmer paper, backed with craft foam and adhered. A die was used to cut the frame from silver glimmer paper and then inlaid with a coordinating cardstock frame. This was also popped up with craft foam.
The poinsettia was stamped four times, colored, and fussy cut. The entire image included leaves so that was the first layer. Two layers of the poinsettias only were stacked and finally only the center petals were added. I added clear glitter glue but the light reflects both gold and silver tones although I was only going for silver. The sentiment was added and the inside of the card was lined with cardstock and stamped with a border of green.
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Techniques: Stamping, coloring, fussy cutting, die cutting, die-cut inlay, dry embossing
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")
Materials are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:
Stamps: Reason for the Season & Watercolor Wings (inside border) 
Ink: Stazon Jet Black
Stampin' Write Markers: Watermelon Wonder, Crisp Cantaloupe, Garden Green
Cardstock: Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder, Crisp Cantaloupe
DSP: Silver Glimmer, Green print from stash
Dies: Pretty Pink Posh Decorative Tag No. 1, Spellbinders Labels 8
Misc.: Studio G glitter glue, craft foam, The Paper Studio EF


  1. This is stunning Melanie! I love the colors and you touches of glitter are perfect. Fantastic holiday card!

  2. Gorgeous! Love how you colored/created your poinsettias....thanks for playing along at Atlantic Hearts!

  3. Your poinsettia is beautiful and glittery. Also like the embossing and design papers you used for the panels and of course the glitter. Great card.

    1. Thank you, Sue! You know I usually avoid glitter like the plague but at least none of these products sheds glitter. I love the SU! silver glimmer paper. Wish we had more competitors in the AHSC challenge. Even if we don't place in the top, challenges are a great source of new ideas. Good luck to both of us!

  4. That poinsettia is absolutely beautiful! Thanks for joining in at AHSC.

  5. I LOVE all the glitter! Thanks for joining us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

  6. I love poinsettias and your card is magnificent. That flower is beautiful! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC)!

    Brandi R
    DT member AHSC

  7. Love all the sparkles and the poinsettia is beautiful! hanks for joining us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge this week.

    Linda N
    ASCH Design Team

  8. I love all your glittery details! Thanks for playing at AHSC!