Sunday, December 16, 2012

Noel Challenge

I have a few more cards for the holidays that I am creating.  This morning I was inspired by the Our Daily Bread Designs Noel Challenge. You need to include something on your card  for each letter in Noel. 

I pulled out my ODBD stamps and used "N - Nature/Nest (See the statice and moss in the nest)"  O-Ochre - The bird is colored using Ochre tones. :)  E - Epoxy I had to use a lot of glue to get that nest to stick and L - Layering I layered the images on the card. Phew...

This card is going to a special friend of mine and she lives close by so I won't have to worry about the nest in transit.   
 The background is stamped using the ODBD Joy to the World stamp on white cardstock.  I just purchased this Mr. Huey Gold spray and sprayed that over the surface of all of my images and my background it had a nice soft shimmer to it. 

I stamped the ODBD poinsettia using a black archival ink on white cardstock.  I colored it with my STAEDTLER Karat Oil Pastels and a Tsukineko sponge to blend.  I added a layer of shimmer with the mist and white highlights with the gel pen.  I finished it off with a coat of versamark and heat embossed using clear embossing powder.

The ODBD Chickadee was stamped with black archival on a remnant from the background music so there was the gold shimmer on the paper before I colored.  The bird is colored with my STAEDTLER Karat Aquarell Watercolor Pencils.  I added highlights back in with the white gel pen.  He too was finished off with a coat of clear embossing powder.

The next step was arranging my nest.  I did apply some Adirondack gold paint onto my moss along with a healthy dose of Stampendous Bronze glass glitter.  I glued it all down with Zip Dry.

I tied on the bow.  and found a few bells which were silver.  I rolled them on my Versamark Ink pad to give them a coat of Stampendous Champagne embossing powder.

I colored my ivory twine with the Adirondack Acrylic Gold paint to coordinate.

Assemble and send... :)

Hope your Sunday is blessed.  I am sending prayers to the families and children in CT who are impacted by the horrible tragedy that has occurred.



  1. Stunning card the layout is gorgeous. Caroline xxx

  2. Your card is amazing Susanne. I love all the interesting things you've added to it. It's a real work of art!

  3. Wow Suzanne your card is absolutely STUNNING! That nest is just beautiful and so perfect! Merry Christmas!

  4. So gorgeous, Suzz! Love all the fab texture!

  5. Beyond stunning, Suzz... the chickadee looks perfect in his fantastically glamorous nest, and the music is so gorgeous as a background!
    Alison x

  6. Gorgeous card Suzz. Love the elements you have put together to create this card. I am sure the recipient will love it!

  7. So fabulous, such a gorgeous creation. Love the yellow bird against the red poinsettia.

  8. Outstanding artwork! Love the design and textures!

  9. Wow Suzanne!! This is absolutely stunning!! I just love your poinsettia, your musical background, your bird and the dimensional and textured nest. Your friend will love it. Thanks for joining the ODBD Shining the Light challenge this week!!

  10. OH my word!!! This is gorgeous!!!! How smart to combine the poinsettia with the chickadee! Love it!

  11. What a GORGEOUS Card!! I love all of it, and the love just shines through!!

  12. Such a beautiful card. Not only do I love the sweet little bird. I love how you placed him in front of the poinsettia. So pretty.

    Hope you are enjoying your week.


  13. gorgeous, she will be thrilled to get this beauty!!


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