Friday, 1 February 2013

CHNC Challenge 109 - Nativity

Evening All,

I'm late today but didn't want to miss Hazel's challenge this week - CHNC Challenge 109 - because, not only is it fun, but I think making at least one Christmas card a week is no bad thing ... it saves me stressing out at the end of the year :)

In an effort to save on the exorbitant postage Royal Mail sees fit to charge us in these hard times, this card has been kept super thin - absolutely no foam pads have been used in the making of it :)

Instead, I've used a recycled topper and added a silver embossed edging, with a tiny nod to frantage by sprinkling a little of the embossing powder around the sky. I've also added a bit of sparkle to the star just to give the picture a bit of a lift.

The base was a plain white card until it was stamped all around with a border of blue snowflakes.

The snowflake is stamped inside too, as is the greeting.

And, of course, the back is stamped too.

Materials used:
base: a smooth square white card
stamps: Hot Of The Press Magical Christmas stamp set
ink: Vivid Dye Inapt, Ultramarine
topper: old Christmas card cut to desired size 
embossing: VersaMark and Heat It Up Silver EP
glitter: white iridescent 

That's it - quick and easy for today.

Off to watch the second part of Silent Witness now.

Edited note: Oh, heck! Forgot, until Hazel reminded me, that I should add this card to her other fabulous challenge - CHNC Extra for February.

Take care all, have a wonderful weekend and happy crafting,


Sandra H said...

Beautiful card Elizabeth lovely Nativity scene, great recycling topper and a lovely background paper xx

scrappymo! said...

This is lovely...That snowflake card is so intricate and fine!
I love the way you silver embossed the edges...How did you do the sort of random silver across the sky? I was tying to figure to how you got it to stick...cuz it looks great! It looks just like that frantage look!

Love the inside and the back...your signature look!

Ohhhh...I love silent Witness but i bet you are seasons ahead in Scotland:) You lucky girl!

Hazel said...

Beautiful card, Elizabeth - and you got here with lots of time to spare - lol! - - thanks for entering my CHNC challenge 109 - you could also enter this into my new CHNC challenge extra for February - I'd love to see it there too. X

scrappymo! said...

Me again...forgot to say well done on keeping your card are sure right about the postage rates! It seems to me they like the mail slimmer too!

Marie-Louise said...

Beautiful card Elizabeth. Love the topper and the marvellous stamp that you have used.

Hettie said...

Super card there Elizabeth and extra points for recycling.

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi there Elizabeth.. Mm so agree about making card for this years event... love the upcycling you have done to this one great work! Shaz in oz.x

Jackie said...

A beautiful card, great way to recycle :o)
Jackie xx

Jules said...

Hi Elizabeth

Fabulous recycling and I love the snowflakes you have added inside and the one on the back too The perfect finishing touch.

Hope you have a good weekend Elizabeth. We have a hit of sunshine this morning .. woo hoo!!!

Love Jules xx

Alison Scott said...

Lovely card. Great recycling. Love the snowflakes. And of course your signature inside and out stamping.
Surprisingly, like Jules, it's sunny here in Glasgow. How is Ayr this morning. Hubby going down Largs way today and hoping it stays nice.
Have a good weekend

Hazel said...

Thanks for also linking for my CHNC challenge extra for February - hope to see you again soon. x


Very beautiful card. The image you used is just perfect! Thanks for joining Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra this month.

Linby said...

This is gorgeous, I love the stamped background and that snowflake on the back looks good too.

Craftychris said...

Gorgeous Christmas card - I simply love the sparkly star! xx

MaryH said...

Such a beautiful use of an upcycled card. You really enhanced its look with your added embellies, and I hear you about the postage. USA rates went up as well. TFS