Sunday, December 4, 2016

Joy to the World

12/07/2016 Update: Top Three winner at AHSC #188:

Black is not a color I typically associate with Christmas cards but I have this gorgeous paper pack that includes some DSP with black and gold.
The card base is black, lined with vanilla cardstock, decorated with a strip of glitter paper and stamped inside with "Season's Greetings." Using clear embossing powder, the first panel of swirly DSP was coated with Versamark, heat embossed and adhered to the card base. Textured foil cardstock was cut into two pieces - a small rectangle and to die cut another with a label die. The rectangle was adhered to the embossed DSP layer. The flourish was die cut, clear embossed and adhered. Finding a sentiment on the DSP, a die was used to capture the sentiments, "Joy to the World," "Kris Kringle" and "May Christmas Love and Christmas Cheer Surround and Bless You Again this Year." Another piece of black DSP with tiny stars was die cut. The three die cut labels were stacked by size, backed with foam for dimension and adhered.

Photography does not capture all of the clear embossing, which gives a beautiful sheen to the swirly DSP and the flourish.
I am submitting the card to the following challenges:
1. Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #188 (sketch reversed):

2. Color My Heart: Color Dare Challenge #222:

3. Aud Sentiments #169: Anything Goes + a sentiment:

4. Crafty Creations #329 - Christmas:

5. Brown Sugar #227 - Anything Goes:

6. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper December Challenge:
(randomly selected winner)

7. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas December Challenge Extra:
(randomly selected winner)

Techniques: Stamping, die cutting, heat embossing, Faux Patina
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Stampin' Up! Materials
Stamp set: "Curly Cute" (inside sentiment)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Gold Glimmer (inside decoration)
Dies: Deco Labels
Misc.: Dimensionals foam, clear embossing powder

Other Materials
Cardstock: Pressed Petals Embossed Foil Mat Stack
DSP: Graphic 45 St. Nicholas Collection
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (inside sentiment) & Versamark (for heat embossing)
Die: My Favorite Things Fancy Flourish


  1. The designer paper is just beautiful! I love the touches of gold and the shimmer on the black die cut. Perfect! :)

  2. Looks awesome
    Thanks for sharing at Brown Sugar Challenges x

  3. Thanks for playing along with the Color My Heart Color Dare. I love your card. I don't think of black with Christmas, but it does lend itself very well to an elegant card. Glad you posted some additional challenges, I'll have to check them out.

  4. Wow, I knew you wouldn't miss this color challenge...beautiful work and combination of metallics. Gorgeous. And really great job combining the sketch from AHSC...good luck on both of your challenges along with the many others you were able to link to.

  5. Black and gold...perfect for Christmas!!! Your card is stunning. Thanks for joining us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.


  6. Stunning card, Melanie! I wouldn't have thought of black either, but it works so well with the metallics.

  7. So... one. This is absolutely gorgeous. two. Did you notice this would be the perfect card to use to give my ornaments I made yesterday?! You've done it again! My jaw has dropped. Thanks so much for playing along at Atlantic Hearts!

  8. Stunning! Simply stunning. This card is so elegant, I love it! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC)!

    Brandi R
    DT member AHSC

  9. Classy and beautiful, Melanie1 I love every aspect of this card! WTG, and Thanks for playing at AHSC again this week! Love having you with us. ~ Ali (AHSC DT)

  10. This black and gold makes a stunning christmas card! Thanks for sharing with us at Aud Sentiments challenge blog!

  11. Beautiful card! Love how you added the scroll die-cut. Thank you for inspiring us at Color My Heart Challenge Blog.

  12. what a wonderful project filled with so much love and holiday joy!

    thank you so much for joining our challenge over at The Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge Blog Extra!🙂

  13. Your card is stunning, black and gold are gorgeous together. Thank you for joining us at CHNPPC.