Candle in the Window...

As I sit here scheduling this blog post, I've just finished creating and have been listening to Christmas music as I worked.  Seems too funny as the weather outside is frightful...but in a very hot sort of way!  LOL

Thanks for stopping by to visit with me today!
I'm so glad you're here!
Did you catch the new release last week of the "Sparkling Poinsettia" Collection by Heartfelt Creations?  It is certain to make all of you holiday card creating or memory preserving a simple task this year!

I'm showcasing the collection with another card this week.  
I love the tradition that some people have of putting up candles in their windows during the holiday season.  It's not something I do as we live in a rural area, and no one would take notice...but I love driving around in the local towns and villages in the evening and seeing those pretty candles all a glow.  This tradition is what has inspired my project this week.

Shall we take a peek...

I wanted to give the card the appearance of snow softly falling across the window panes and used white embossing enamel, and Diamond Stickles to achieve that effect.  I've also used some of the Aleene's Glitter Snow where the "window sill" would be.  (And yes, it discolored on me again as it wicked up the color from the Distress Stain I used on the window frame...I had to get a little creative and throw in some Diamond and Gold colored Stickles!  I really need to find a different snow product...but you know you gotta use up what you have first, right?)

I've stamped the image on a premade card panel that you find in the paper collection.  It was perfect as the white space was off to the side where I wanted the candle to peek through the window.  
For the poinsettias I've used several different colors of Memento Inks and love how the color combination came out!

 A close up of the flowers shows a better view of the color scheme and the shimmer on the tips of the petals. 

 Of course, since I wanted the appearance of the weather to be "snowing" I just had to incorporate the Arianna Lace die cuts!  They are just so very beautiful and just make the card seem extra delicate.  Top of the card with a ribbon and a few berry clusters and I was good to go...and add sparkle of course!  I just cannot create a Christmas card that does not have some element of sparkle to it...and maybe I've gone a tad overboard on this one!  Ha, ha, ha.

Well, now it's your turn!
Set your air conditioner to frosty, get the holiday carols playing and cook up a mug of hot chocolate! Get a jump start on creating those Christmas wishes you want to send out early December.  
And of course, if you're looking for more wonderful inspiration, be sure to check out the Heartfelt Creations blog as well!  The amazing team of designers work so hard to give you fresh and new ideas each week!

Until next time...

Project Supplies & Instructions
 HCDP1-256 Sparkling Poinsettia Designer Paper Collection
HCD1-765  Large Sparkling Poinsettia Die
HCPC 3679  Large Sparkling Poinsettia Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-766  Sparkling Poinsettia Die
HCPC 3680  Sparkling Poinsettia Cling Stamp Set
HCPC 3681  Sparkling Poinsettia Candle Cling Stamp
HCD1-747  Arianna Lace Die
HCST1-401  Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit
272486  Cameo Sparklets
TSMP801  Memento Dye Ink Pad - Potter's Clay
TSMP708  Memento Dye Ink Pad - Olive Grove
TSMP707  Memento Dye Ink Pad - Bamboo Leaves
TSMP301  Memento Dye Ink Pad - Rhubarb Stalk
TSMP103  Memento Dye Ink Pad - Cantaloupe
SMP001  Rubber Stamp Mat Pad
273900  Zip Dry Glue

Other Products Used:  white card stock, Silhouette Cameo electronic die cutting machine, BigShot manual die cutting machine, Memento Dye Ink Pad - Love Letter, Silhouette Design Store Design ID #12956, Tim Holtz Distress Stain - Walnut, ribbon, Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils - 025, 026, 093, 094, 058, 108, 084, & 107,  Spectrum Noir Blending Solution, Spectrum Noir Blending Stumps,  Stickles - Patina, Champagne, Diamond, Cranberry & Gold, Aleenes Glitter Snow, VersaFine Black Ink, scissors, sponge daubers, Stampendous White Embossing Enamel, 3D pop dots, heat tool, scor tape, mist bottle, water, washi tape for masking

Using your Silhouette Cameo and design program, size your card base and window frame to a 5" x 7" card base.  Cut both base and frame from white card stock using your electronic die cutting machine.  Apply a thin coat of Tim Holtz Distress Stain to the window frame and set aside to dry.  Locate one of the 5"x7" pre made card panels within the paper collection that has white space off to one side.  Decide where you would like to stamp candle image and mask off any area you do not wish to have the image appear.  Before stamping, be sure to double check that placement of the candle image will appear as you want it to in the window.  Stamp image and color using blendable pencils and blending solution. Next, drop small amounts of white embossing enamel onto the pre made image panel and stamped image.  Set with heat tool.  Continue this process until you have achieved the "falling snow" look you desire.  Add several areas of white embossing enamel to the brown window frame itself and heat set as well.  Next build up several layers of Aleene's Glitter Snow to the bottom of the window ledge, allowing each layer to dry slightly in between.  Adhere window frame to image panel.  Next, moving along to the handshaped flowers, stamp as many poinsettia images as you wish to incorporate. (In this example, the largest poinsettia has been created using the large poinsettia image and coordinating die, as well as the largest image and die from the multiple image set.  Then a complete set of the multiple images have been used to create the other two smaller poinsettias.) Using sponge finger daubers and your Memento inks, begin building your colors on top of one another. Spritz with a tiny bit of water and shape using flower shaping kit.  Assemble flowers and set aside to dry.  Cut one of each of the snowflake shapes in the Arianna Lace Die set.  Place the largest one on the bottom corner where you will place your largest poinsetta, and the second one at the top of the card as shown.  Adhere your flowers to your card base over your lace die cuts as pictured. Adhere ribbon to card base.  Stamp two sets of the holly leaves and once again die cut and color using your Memento inks and sponge daubers.  Arrange and adhere around floral arrangements and bow once happy with placement.  Once again using the Arianna Lace Die, cut four of the swirls in the collection using white card stock.  Adhere over and around leaves as shown.  Locate your die cut berry clusters and color using Memento ink.  Shape and adhere to card base around several poinsettias and to centre of bow. Locate small square panel with the pictured sentiment image on the tags and embellishments page in the paper collection.  Fussy cut and apply using 3D pop dots.  Now it's time to bring on the sparkle...apply Champagne Stickles to the edges of the Poinsettia leaves, and a Cameo Sparklet to the centre of each flower.  Apply Diamond Stickles to the Arianna Lace snowflake die cuts, and Patina Stickles to the Arianna Lace swirl die cuts. Also apply some Diamond Stickles to the Aleene's Glitter Snow for some added shimmer.  For the berry clusters, add just a touch of red and gold stickles to the tops.  Lastly, apply some Gold Stickles around the outside of the window frame, and also a touch to the snow on the window sill as well...and just a touch of a few spots of Diamond Stickles among the white embossed enamel snow to give it a hit of shine.  You are now ready to dazzle someone this Christmas with a poinsettia card that brings out the sparkle of the holiday season!


Maureen R said...

This card is magical Tracey! I love the window framed look, it's perfect. I think the color of your poinsettias is wonderful! Anyone who would receive this card would be blessed!
P.S. A hint for bleeding snow, try adding a thin coat of Gesso or white acrylic paint where you want your snow, let it dry, then apply snow. It may act as a sealer like Kilz or Zinnzer when painting walls. Just a thought. Hugs

Tracey Fehr said...

Thanks for your kind words Maureen...and for the fantastic tip about the snow...I will definitely give that a go the next time I use it!

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

Tracey, this is such a wonderful card! You created a real feeling of nostalgia and home and holiday warmth. I love the falling snow effect. This project just shows so much imagination and creativity! Well done, my friend!

Regina Hamilton said...

This is absolutely gorgeous. You are an amazing crafter.

Tracey Fehr said...

Awe, thanks Kathy! You make me blush with your kind comments!

Tracey Fehr said...

Regina, thank you for your kind words!

Heather G said...

Love this card. Your projects are absolutely amazing. You just keep getting better and better.

Tracey Fehr said...

Awe, thanks Heather! Nice to see you stop by!

Robin said...

Just beautiful Tracey! Your card really achieves the feeling of snow fall with all your details! Just love your poinsettias; great coloring and the touch of gold on the edges is perfect! Another awesome project! Hugs!

Papercrafting Princess said...

Haven't been over in a while. Wanted to stop by and say hello. Such lovely details!!

Anne Harada said...

This is just so pretty and festive! I laughed about the "discolored" snow because I thought it was very creative to make it gold and sparkly!! LOL! You are so talented my friend!

Tracey Fehr said...

Ha, ha, ha my dear Anne! Little disasters sometimes call for some quick gold snow it became! Thanks for your kind words. Hugs!

Tracey Fehr said...

Hello Princess! Long time no "see". I popped by your blog the other day as well, and just didn't have time to leave a hello! Great to hear from you!

Tracey Fehr said...

Awe Robin, you are so sweet! Thanks for all your lovely comments!

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