Thursday, 20 September 2012

Christmas Baubles

Hi Bloggers.

I have another Christmas card for you today. No Spellbinders on it but it does feature the Creative Expressions Christmas Bauble Stamp Set that is on the shows today and it has the same technique on the background as one of the demos I'm planning to do. The demo will be of one Sue's card which is featured on her blog here. Sue gives such a good explanation of how the technique is achieved that I suggest you pop over there and have a read.

Anyway here's my card -

I used Pesto, Stonewashed, Stream and Pool Alcohol Inks for my background. I sprinkled Gold Mica Powder on top from the Metallics Set. I also added some Gold Glitter from the Cosmic Shimmer Festive Brights Glitter Set.

I stamped some baubles from the stamp set using Cobalt Archival and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Clear Embossing Powder. I cut them out with scissors leaving a small white border around the edges. I wrapped some Baker's Twine from the Primary Set over the back of the card in 3 places and 'hung' my baubles from it. Looking at it while I type this, I may add a twine bow to each of them.

I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set using the Cobalt Archival and embossed with clear powder. I cut it out with my trimmer and rounded the edges with a punch. I cut 2 x Spellbinders Fancy Framed Tags Two (oops I lied! There is a Spellbinders die cut on here. Forgot about that one!) out of black card. I cut one end off each of them and joined them together to make a mat for my sentiment.

I finished the card off with some dots of Cosmic Shimmer Pearlescent PVA in Olympic Gold.

Hope you can join me later - 12noon on Ideal World and 4pm and 7pm on Create & Craft.

Thanks for stopping by.



  1. Hi Julia, I find this card a bit dark and scary, maybe it is the lighting on the photo but this is not for me. Looking forward to your shows today. Loved Sue's shows yesterday, lots of great ideas.


  2. Morning,
    I like the concept but do not like the background colours for Christmas - maybe Halloween??? But then with a colour change would be a great Christmas background.
    Enjoy today
    Amanda x

  3. Morning Julia, I love the 'caught in crystal' technique, it is beautiful, so I will be eagerly awaiting your demo. I love the colours you have used on your card, they are very complementary to each other. Looking forward to your shows today, Julia, I have already programmed my recording box.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx PS Thank you so much for the very swift despatch of my Tied Together folder xx

  4. Hi Julia, just love this background, looking forward to the shows today. Bx

  5. Hi Julia, just love this background, looking forward to the shows today. Bx

  6. Good luck with the Shows today, I'm out most of the day but hope to catch the later show. I like the stamped bauble and must try the background making lark for a couple of hours... get a stock built up if I'm getting the ingredients together,Mabex

  7. Lovely Julia, I love the crystal technique myself. I have already set the recorder as I'll be at work. Have a great show

  8. Morning Julia, stunning background but not a Christmas one for me, other Christmas colours would be great. Fab design though and yes think the twine bows would look lovely. Hope to watch first show but will need to record the others to watch later. Enjoy your day, love Christine H xx

  9. Lovely card Julia really love Sue's technique and it does turn out so well as i tried it a while back. Will be watching you today for some inspiration xx hazel

  10. Morning Julia, good luck for todays shows, will be watching.
    I think this is brighter than the photo shows. thanks for this as im always looking for more ways to use my alchol inks. Great layout and colours.

  11. Hi Julia,
    Like the concept of this card but I also am not fond of the background colours they are a bit dark.
    Hope your shows go well.

  12. Love doing this background,always looks good,hope to catch part of your noon show as I will be on my lunch break but will miss the rest as I have to work to make more pennies to spend on craft.

  13. This is a stunning card, love the background and the bauble stamping. Will be watching your shows and can't wait to see you demo the crystal technique. Thanks for your inspiration.
    June xxx

  14. Julia,
    I love the background colors very nice. Happy holidays, I am ready to start singing holiday songs. Cheers

  15. Hi julia love the layout of the card and I love the caught in crystal background but for me the colours aren't christmassy enough!! And yes a bow on each bauble would look good will be watching your shows today can't believe how much they're selling the calibur for!! What a lesley

  16. not mad about the background but I do really like the stamps.Laura O

  17. Hi Julia - I love the way this background is made and I also love the bauble stamps - gorgeous. I would really like to see this one in Christmas reds/greens/golds as an alternative. The design is great - agree that a twine bow would look good.

    Hugs Sue Pxxx

  18. Hi Julia,
    Just like to say I have been throughly entertained with your shows today, just loved you and Loen together, she should do craft more, two demos great stuff, your cards are fab, todays is lovely, the colours on the background are great, you must be a dab hand with the scissors, the baubles are so neat, great card.
    I do check your blog everyday, so tonight I am now an official follower:-p
    Michelle (

  19. Hi Julia,
    loved your demos on C&C. Leon was so funny - you are both like a comedy duo. I sent in the pic of David Essex and the musical he was in is called All The Fun Of The Fair.
    Well I have just joined your blog and look forward to all the inspritation you will bring.
    Thank you,


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