Monday, 19 November 2018

Merry Christmas

Hello there my crafty friends!  Antique Gold, white and a touch of black for today's offering.  I started by cutting white and gold strips of card (about 3/4" wide) and attaching them to a piece of copy paper (so it wouldn't be too thick).  Next I embossed it with the Ice Crystals embossing folder for texture.  I matted that piece with a thin white and a thin black mat.  Next I cut the Natalie die out of antique Gold card.  I cut two of the Overlay and ornament die in white and added them to the sides behind the Natalie die.  I used the inner cutting dies to cut the centre for my sentiment and create a thin black frame as an accent.  I backed this section in white to show off the detail.  I reversed shadowed the sentiment in white and cut it out of black gloss card, glued them together slightly offset and attached it to the centre of the frame.  White, black and gold mats and layers were used to complete the card.  The finished dimensions are 7 3/4" x  8 1/4" in size.  All for now, Sue x






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66 comments:

Muriel Kelly said...

Hello Sue and all
Isn’t Natalie a star !! I am so glad that is the one frame I chose from the last release and it has been so handy, the three cutting frames allow for great shadows in the focal element and the outside decorative piece is just gorgeous. Your choice of colours makes it look so rich - love the embossing on the stripes too,
Hugs
Muriel x

June Smith said...

Morning Sue and all Wilsonettes, a stunning sample today, I remember you showing us how to do these strips, either on a video or a Hochanda show and thought how great it was, well if this is the creations that you can make then I am all for doing this. thank you xx

Stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx

BridgetCG said...

Morning Sue, a very classy card, love the striped background, and the colour combo is very contemporary. Have a good day everyone. Bx

hollyberry said...

White,gold and that touch of black gives such an elegant card.

Kitty Davies said...

Morning Sue.
A beautiful card, Thank you.
Take care and have fun Kitty.

Steph Cotterill said...

WOW. Firstly Sue, I just love the embossing folder, it's one I reach for such a lot, along with the Snowflake Lattice and Falling Snow (an all rounder folder)
This sample looks a million dollars, the rich expensive looking gold shows the beauty of the dies and design, who wouldn't adore a card like this coming through the post box it's stunning xxx

hazel young said...

Fabulous card Sue x xhazel

Pussycats said...

Good Morning Sue and all
May I say WOW what a stunning card this morning . The effect you have created with strips for the background work beautifully and the colours are stunning. The centre piece with the Natalie die finishes the card of beautifully.
Crafty hugs and well wishes to all... Wendy

Jan Sayer said...

Do like the background. Must try this idea.
Jan
Northampton

NettyTheRunner said...

Saw you demo this Sue on television. Love the background strips. Natalie and the Overlay die look great together.
Annette

Diane Broad said...

Hi sue,

Stunning card this morning very elegant and so pretty,

Di Di from broadstairs Kent

Janice K said...

Good morning Sue,
A beautiful card with a clever and effective background which I must try for myself. x

Clai01 said...

The card looks great Sue and very unique. x

CraftyCoffey said...

Gorgeous card today.

Michele

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue, beautiful card with a fabulous background! Love Jean xxx

carol edwards said...

Hello Sue a regal looking card , the background is really opulent. The Natalie die is beautiful. Xx

TDQ Karen said...

Such a pretty look xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, a lovely card today. Love how you have done the background and the colours.

Barbara V

Barbara Gosden said...

Hi Sue
A beautiful card. I remember seeing you make the stripe embossed background on Hochanda, such a great idea.
B xx

Lynne L said...

Good morning Sue beautiful card I love the stripod background & the Natalie die is lovely

Chris Curry said...

Great card Sue, love how you have done the background. Thank you, have a good day.xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - a really opulent card today and the background is so striking using the white and gold. Sending best wishes
YvonneMayxx

karenlotty said...

Criipes Sue, a beautiful card in these beautiful opulent colours and you’ve even managed to cut the strips exactly to match up in the EF Something I just know I’d struggle with

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, Lovely card and colours. love Jean Z xxx

Suemac said...

An opulent Card.

Ann said...

Good Morning Sue. This looks like you have spent a million dollars on it Sue. Very rich looking and striking too. The colours together are just great. Love everything about it. Thankyou Sue. Sending best wishes to everyone. Kind regards Ann Toppcards Leeds.

Princess Pixie! said...

Hi Sue
Oh wow what a stunner! Everything about this card screams classy! The way you have done the background is amazing. Matching the strips to the embossing folder - so clever.
Natalie really is beautiful and the overlay and ornament die really is so much more versatile than I would have thought. Thanks for sharing this beautiful card x
Happy Monday everyone
Crafty hugs
PP
Yvonne x

Crafty Vonnie said...

Good morning Sue,
A very elegant card. Yvonne xx

Tressa said...

I like this one a lot. My first reaction when I saw the photo was that I will do that background today on some of my Christmas cards.

Teresa

Anne said...

Very stylish, Sue.

Anne (Northampton)

Anonymous said...

Very classy card. Love it. Hugs MERRY BERRY 2 xxx

stitchingranny said...

Love the way you do these stripes such a useful way use the excess when we have been making square cards; and though I do not like a lot of black in cards I do like the accent of black used like this. All adds up to a stunning card.

Hugs Helen xx

Susan Battensby said...

A beautiful opulent card today, love it.
x

Jackie Trinder said...

Oh Sue this is a stunning Christmas card. It is just so gorgeous. The dies you have used are amazing. Have a great week. Take care. Hugs Jackie

dj from kettering said...



That is a lovely card, would make a lovely
birthday card too!


Doreen x

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
Beautiful card, love the background.
Lydia
X

Owlish said...

Hi SUE
Another great card love the colours very versatile
OWLISH Xx

Lisbeth said...

Hello Sue. What a very classy looking card which would be great for all occasions. For me, I would probably want to add some poinsettias to make it a bit more Christmassy.

Lisbeth

sued99 said...

A fabulous card. X

Fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, a gorgeous card that I love. I do remember seeing you demonstrate this one and now that I have Natalie I must give it a go.

Frances

rolfi said...

Hi Sue,
Looks stunning!
ROlf xxx

Pauline Austen said...

Hi Sue,
WOW. Such a classy card to begin the week. I much prefer the antique gold to the very bright and sometimes brassy gold card that we can buy. Although I do like to add highlights with the latter, on occasions.
The colours really show Natalie off to perfection.
Hugs xx Pauline in S.A.

sharon casey said...

Morning Sue and all Wilsonettes
Beautiful card today, love the white and gold

Sending love and healing hugs to all that need them xx

Have a lovely day all

Love
Hunnymummy54 from MK
xxx

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, a lovely Christmas card. Elegant in the white and gold.

Marion Scott said...

Stunning card Sue, so elegant in white, gold and black
Marion S x

CraftyJo said...

Lots of work involved in this, can appreciate that but it's not my cup of tea today.

scrAPpamondo said...

Gorgeou and perfect for both masculine and feminine recipients!

theresa w said...

Hi Sue and lovely wilsonettes x
Stunning card Sue x I love the striped background and Natalie looks beautiful x with a different folder and sentiment this could be a design for any occasion x thankyou so much Sue for your inspiration x
Theresa w in Berks xxx

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Beautiful elegant card and I love the background

Love and hugs to everyone
Pat

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
Love, Love, Love this card. And it is such a good technique to make use of your strips.
And White and Gold is perfect (for Xmas but for other occasions as well).
Hugs, Rose

KarinsArtScrap said...

gorgeous Sue
Gr Karin

Crafty Cruiser said...

Opulent and classy! Really lovely!
Doreen R

ursula said...

Such a brilliant idea for a background and so effective embossing it too...beautiful card Sue...thank you...luv Ursula xx

Deb E Isle of Wight said...

A bit different but still stunning and with classic colours I love it...

Joan McKevitt said...

A beautiful card, Sue, that could be adapted for numerous occasions, not just Christmas. You must have the patience of a saint to cut and piece all those strips together.... :) Jo xx

Sandy G said...

A very classy card Sue. Thanks for sharing.

Littlelamb said...

A beautiful Christmas card Sue. Love everything about it. Thank you.

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Sue, Really lovely card.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Di said...


Hi Sue,
Lovely Christmas card, love the Ice Crystal folder and the lovely dies.
Cheers,
Di B. x
Tasmania.

Brenda Lello said...

Hi Sue, What a lovely card, the background is brilliantly clever. Hugs Brenda xxx

Maria Alder said...

Hi Sue and everyone
oh, this is a stunner. Love the gold and white and gorgeous die
you have used together. Going to make some strips now
hugs to all Maria x

Sam Smithard said...

To My Wonderful Dear Friend Sue,
“WOW WOW WOW”
Today’s Card Is Just Phenomenal/Magnificent/Magical
It’s Rich/Opulent Plus So Much More
You Used The Tremendous
“Creative Expression “ICE CRYSTAL EMBOSSING FOLDER” Designed By Sue Wilson”
“Creative Expression Coconut White/Antique Gold/Black Gloss Foundation Card”
Famous Cutting Dies Used In Today’s Card:-
“Sue Wilson NATALIE DIE SET”. (From The Festive Collection 8 Cutting Dies)
The Above Die Has A 3D Matching Poinsettia Embossing Folder)
“Sue Wilson “OVERLAY/ORNAMENT DIE SET” (From The Festive Collection 2 Cutting Dies)
Sue, I Can’t Begin To Thank You Enough For Giving Me So Much Inspiration For My
Christmas Cards Every Time I Felt My Mojo Had Gone I Just Look Through My Folder I Truly
Appreciate Everything You Do, You Bring So Many Exceptional/Exciting/Exquisite Cards/Projects
Take Great Care My Wonderful Dear Friend Sue,
Extremely Wonderful Warm Fond Wishes To Colin Also Heather
Sue, Lots Of Love Also Huge Hugs 🤗
Love From Sam xxx.......................................

Eunice Astle said...

I really love the background of this card, the Natalie die sets the whole card off. Thanks for your wonderful ideas!

Marie P.from Longridge said...

Good Tuesday morning.
Sorry I didn't comment on this one yesterday but it still hadn't arrived to my inbox when I went to bed.
It is a truly beautiful card. I am saving a collection of your blog postings to show my Daughter who lives in Wisconsin. She is an Activity Director in a large Care Home and she and her Husband are coming to me for a visit in 5 days time. I will most certainly be adding this posting to my list.
Thank you.
Marie P.

Laura O' Connor said...

Fantastic card sue love the gold and white stripes stunning. Laura o Springfield

Pawprintx4 said...

Wonderful Christmas card. I love the strips and coloring.
Stephanie K
SC/USA