Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Inlaid die cut holly

Good evening folks.
Over at ATSM we have moved onto our theme of -


I know Easter isn't that far off but I don't send nearly as many Easter cards as I do Christmas ones, so here is another for the stash.

I used the theme over at the brand new challenge set up by the lovely Loll, CAS Christmas, which is holly.
This Tim Holtz Sizzix Christmas trio die was purchased last year but didn't use it so this is it's first outing. I die cut a panel of white card with it, then ensuring I retained all the tiny bits, then coloured the holly branches with Copic pens and replaced them carefully back into the panel. The Believe, from STAMPlorations, was die cut then covered with Versamark and heat embossed with gold EP. I stamped the sentiment from Uniko under that and mounted the panel on a white base card. I didn't like the gap in the holly twigs above the first 'e' so cut some more berries and added them to cover the join.
We have some rather large holly bushes in our field hedgerows that were full of berries last autumn. The birds love them, especially the fieldfares which swoop down from Scandinavia to gorge themselves over the winter. I disturbed a flock of them last week when taking the dog out, they must have been picking off the last few berries from the hawthorn.
OK, that's all from me but please check out the rest of the DT and join us this week.

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  1. What a gorgeous festive card Jules and your sentiment is placed perfectly over the gorgeous holly spray.
    I hope you are seeing signs of spring in your neck of the woods.
    Carol x

  2. that brunch and leaves so beautiful with your sentiment Jules
    great idea using the gold as sentiment
    beautiful christmas/holiday card
    hugs and see you around

  3. Beautiful holly card Jules! Love your colouring with shading to give the holly lots of dimension. Great technique with the inlaid design ... lots of tiny bits that must have taken a lot of time to insert. The gold sentiment adds lots of shine. Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Christmas! xx

  4. Individually color and replacing all those tiny bits must have take time, Julie, but it was well worth it. The holly is a beautiful backdrop for the gold embossed word die.

  5. Simply beautiful Julie. Fabulous cas style and the gold die is a real stand out.

  6. How nice that you had a NBUS holly die, Jules! Love the rich green leaves and red berries! The embossed gold Believe is so elegant! Thanks for sharing this with us at CAS Christmas!

  7. Great CAS design with your holly branch, love the gold sentiment. thanks for joining us at CAS Christmas

  8. Fabulous job on the inlaying! And what a wonderful holly die and "Believe" die. A great card. Thanks so much for joining us at CAS Christmas!

  9. Schitterende kaart
    Groetjes Gerrie

  10. Gorgeous showcase of your pretty holly; so striking with the gold sentiment and the lovely white space that really draws our eye to your design. LOVE this!

  11. Beautiful card, I love the gold sentiment! Thanks so much for joining us at the Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge!

  12. I just love your gold embossed "Believe", its so elegant and festive! Have a great week! Hugs, Gwendolyn

  13. Such a stunning and elegant holiday card, Julie! Gold die-cut sentiment is a fantastic detail.


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