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Thursday 11 November 2010

A knew it was a mistake....

I should have known better than to make a card with starburst stains, glitter card and mirri card - a recipe for photographic disaster lol! I wanted to make something a bit different for my brother-in-law's Christmas card this year, he's a real 'blokey bloke' so cute is out of the question and i thought that by using Christmas colours of Starburst Stains on black card i'd get something suitable for a men's card. I used Sparkle and Sprinkle 'Sparkle' EP and Tim Holtz snowflakes and reindeer stamps to make a resist for the starburst stains background.

Sorry for the dodgy photo, I did my best honest :-). i'd love to be able to get a decent photo of this card as I'm really pleased with the colours and the shimmery effect in real life but this is the best pic i can get so you'll have to use your imagination ;-)

The starburst stains i used are poinsettia red gold (with a little red mica powder mixed in as the mica in this ink is gold), winter jasmine gold and cathederal pines green. I've used black/green glitter card and gold mirri card for matting and layering. The black and gold ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons. As my BIL is a bit of a grumpy old man, I used a 'Tis the season to be jolly' sentiment with the same EP and starburst stains.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
The Stampman: anything goes Christmas
Simon Says Stamp and Show: Your fav Tim Holtz stamp (I love both the reindeer and the snowflakes)
Cards for Men: Animals

Thanks for calling by, hope you are keeping warm and cosy. Its terrible weather here in the UK so I'm staying in and crafting all day :-) I've been messing around with my new melting pot this morning (messing being the operative word here lol) and had a great time making some beads. You don't want to see the mess I've made  ;-)


  1. Great work on the BIL Christmas card. I LOVE that stamp you have used - its works wonderfully with the black and green glitter and all. I'm sure the BIL will enjoy it. So happy you could join in the fun with us this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

  2. I love this manly man card!!! I am certain it looks uber fantastic with its details unseen to us!

    The word dodgy is fabulous I must remember this adjective!

  3. a great card love the embossing thanks for joining us at anything goes x sue x

  4. I think it is an awsome card, would love to see in real life. I'm sure you BIL will really like it,

  5. I've got a great imagination, but didn't need to use it, lol. It's wonderful.

  6. Gosh, I think it looks beautiful Claire...must be gorgeous IRL!!!
    Sounds like your having fun with your melting pot, messy fun, the best kind! lol
    enjoy your day!
    hugs & blessings!

  7. Hiya Claire thanks for joining in on Simon Says Stamp and Show with your fabulous Christmas card for your BIL....I know he is going to love it fab colors and nothing to sweet heehhe....Thanks for sharing Hugs Terry xxxx

  8. Girl, this is an amazing piece of art! Stunning work! Love love it!
    He must be very happy to get such a special card from you!

  9. I'm sure your BIL will love it. I can see that the colours are fab and the reindeer stamp is lovely - it's a pity you couldn't get a good photo of it - perhaps you should try again before you give it to him when the light is different.
    Beryl xx

  10. Gorgeous and unusual card, love the background and you can just see the deer. Thanks for joining us at CfM, good luck with the challenge. with hugs Shirleyxxxxxx

  11. are tooo funny...LOVIN' your blokey blok man card!! it's just FAB!!!

    thanks bunches for playing along with the Design Teamies and Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge Blog!!

  12. Oh wow Claire, what a gorgeous Christmas card, I love it! Thank you for joining us at Cards for Men for our animal challenge, good luck xxx

  13. Gorgeous!! I, too, love this stamp!! :)

    Thanks so much for entering the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge!!!


  14. Beautiful Claire, I am sure BIL will absolutely love it. It happens all the time to me that IRL the project is heaps better than the photo. Hugs Suzanne xx

  15. I know your card will be stunning in real life with the effects of the Starburst Stains. I also know how hard it is to photograph the effects but even so I can see how fab this card is. I'm sure your BIL will be impressed!!

    I'm going to try this resist on black card myself as I have those stains and stamps.

    Thank you for entering it into The Stamp Man Christmas challenge


  16. Great card, I wish I could see it in real life. From your description it's been a lot of work.

    Good luck in the challenge over at Cards for Men.

    Donna x


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