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Friday, August 27, 2010

CSS Alumni Blog Hop

Welcome to another StampTV Center Stage Alumni blog hop!  If you've arrived from Carolina's blog, you are in the right place!  You can also start at the beginning by going directly to Stamp TV and hopping from there.

Carolina challenged us to create a card that contains only the following items and no others:

* one neutral color for the card base:  white, ivory, black, brown, or kraft
* two different colors of card stock
* one patterned paper
* three buttons
* one color of ribbon
* as little or as many Gina K images as we'd like

Since I really need to add to my Christmas card stash, I chose to go with that theme for my design.  I love this beautiful reindeer from Gina's The Magic of Christmas stamp set.  He has a regal bearing about him, don't you think?


I chose white as my neutral cardstock; burgundy and metallic green as my two different colors of card stock; my one patterned paper is obvious; my three buttons are actually a button die cut out several times and stacked for depth of a real button; I used gold for my ribbon; and, like I wrote above, I chose Gina K's The Magic of Christmas stamp set.   I colored this sweet reindeer with Copic markers, masked him off, and stamped the trees in the background.  The trees were colored with Stampin' Up's old forest green reinker, as well as creamy caramel and chocolate chip reinkers, and blender pen.  I used a gold paint pen to color the stars on top of the trees.  I added silver glitter on the garland of my trees.  For my clouds, I punched a scallop punch out of a post-it note and sponged my color around that.  It's hard to tell in my photo, but for the snowy ground, I dipped a paint brush in white craft ink and painted it carefully around my trees all the way to the bottom of the card.  I then used detailed white embossing powder and heat embossed it.  Last, I used a glue pen to adhere dazzling diamonds on top of the snow.

Now, to continue the hop, head on over to Cheri's blog and check out the marvelous creation she has designed!  Have fun!


33 comments:

Cheri said...

Oh, this is so elegant, Charlene. I love your fine details and how you created that snow.

Carolina said...

What a delightful Christmas card Charlene - love the rich colors you achieved here!

Betty Neville said...

Fabulous card Charlene! Love your design and your coloring is amazing!

Giovana said...

This is an adorable card! Beautiful!!

buggin2stamp said...

Beautiful card! I love the rich colors and the adorable reindeer scene.

Joan Ervin said...

Whoa....This is absolutely gorgeous, Charlele!!!!! The little dear is sooo pretty and what super cool snow....I have got to try your snow technique!!!! Love the elegant colors and papers, too!!!!

Carla (cmsuto) said...

What a wonderful Christmas card, Charlene! I love the colors, papers and beautiful scene you created!

Sharri said...

Charlene, Gorgeous Christmas card! I love how you colored the reindeer!

tlgirl353 said...

Charlene- this card is absolutely stunning. I love all the details and especially love your coloring of the reindeer.

Melissa Cash said...

What a beautiful Christmas card Charlene! I love your faux buttons. You could have fooled me with those.

Joanne (jojot) said...

I LOVE this holiday creation but have to admit I am totally blown away by your 'faux' buttons...you fooled me totally..they are fab as is your coloring on that dear deer....you are a rockin' stamper, my friend

Theresa Momber said...

Beautiful coloring! What a great holiday card!

Miss Boo (a.k.a. jen70) said...

Oh wow! I love your stunning Christmas card!

Cook22 said...

That is one fabulous Christmas card - love the contrast between the rich brocade background and the muted colours of that lovely deer scene.

Mothermark said...

Very nicely done. Beautiful! Another Christmas card one! Yay!

Lagene said...

Fantastic...over the top!!! Love the buttons!

Melanie said...

the dimesnion you gave the deer with your coloring is amazing! great scene!

Peggy B said...

Really like your pattern paper and the color grey you chose to go with it!!

joy said...

very sophisticated with great colors and dp choice!

catdidit said...

What a fantastic design! Love that deer standing in front of those trees, neat idea!

Tina Gilliland said...

What a gorgeous card. It looks so vintage. LOVE the coloring on the deer and trees.

dj1952 said...

Gorgeous card. Love all of the colors.

Chrissie said...

Beautiful card with fabulous papers!
Chrissie

Georgia Ehrmann said...

wonderful vintage look to it! I love the scene you have done by masking!

Francie G. said...

Beautiful, beautiful, Charleen! Love that sweet deer and those whimsical trees! Fabulous faux buttons! Beautiful coloring!

Becky said...

Gorgeous card, love the buttons.

qvande said...

This is such a gorgeous scene that you have created! Great looking sky and amazing snow.

Diana Queen said...

Wowee...lovely card with wonderful coloring! :D Diana Q

Pat (mspfd) said...

Amazing card. You really hit this one out of the park! What gorgeous coloring. Love the scene you created, and the rich colors. Beautiful work, Charlene. Hope all goes well.

terrie said...

ohhhh such a beautiful card...well done

Kary said...

Such a pretty Christmas card!! Love your colouring - it's awesome.

Lynne said...

Great idea to use a post-it-note to create the clouds. Will try that as soon as my company leaves. Looks like it may take some practice.

Jessica said...

What a lovely card. I love how you covered that button. And you've added to your Christmas card stash! Thanks for sharing