Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Silent Night

Hello, everyone!  I'm back again today with another Christmas card!  I like to make at least two per month and this will be my third, so I'm ahead of the game this month!  I used a cute vintage kitty clip-art image from Graphics Fairy, which is still available as a freebie, and I fussy-cut and popped up with foam tape.


For this card I wanted to create my own background. No patterned papers were used. I stamped the three poinsettias from Mark's Finest Papers MFP Stamp Shop Christmas Selections Mini clear stamps repeatedly in Versamark and heat-embossed them in clear. It's hard to see in the photo but it looks quite fetching in person. You can click on the photos to enlarge them. Here's a better view of the embossed background.


I created the black striped border using a stencil with Black Soot Distress Ink and a finger dauber.


I added a thin strip of gold washi tape.  


The sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps - Christmas Mini Tag Sentiments, and I heat-embossed it in white on a black scrap and die-cut into a banner with Taylored Expressions Banner Stacklets 1. Here are the stamps used.


I would like to join the following challenges:  Beccy's Place AG UE; Craft Your Passion AG 2/3; Crafting from the Heart AG 2/3; Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Use Some Gold UE; Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Extra August UE; Create Something Catchy Create Your Own Background 1/2; Creative Inspirations AG Option Sketch UE;  Crop Stop Linky #7 Distress Inks available here 3/5; Cut it Up Old School (old technique - make own background) 1E; Die-Cut Diva's Favourite Holiday (Christmas) 2/4; DL.ART August AG UE 1/day; Get Creative No Printed Papers 1/3; Inspiration Destination AG UE; Hiding in my Craftroom Any Holiday (Christmas) 3/3; Little Claire's Christmas in August 2/3; Lunagirl Moonbeams August Animals 2/3; MFP Speedy Fox and Friends Have a Candle or Make a Candle; Not Just Cards August AG UE; One Stitch at a Time Four-Legged Friends UE; Papertake Weekly Take Your Pick: Vintage 1/5; Pixie's Snippet Playground Black snippet for sentiment 3/3; Send a Smile 4 Kids AG 4 Kids 2/3; Simon Says Stamp AG 1/5; Sister Act Cards Only AG UE; Sparkles Christmas No Designer Paper 1/3; The 12 Months of Christmas Link-up Optional Snow People 2/3;  The Outlawz Twisted Thursday Add an Animal 2/2; Winter Wonderland Christmas Carols/Songs "Silent Night" 1/3; Word Art Wednesday AG w Uplifting Sentiment 1/5

Thank you for looking at my card! Wishing you a joyful day!


53 comments:

scrAPpamondo said...

Thanks for sharing all the process you used, Kitty! The background is just fabulous!! I have enlarged the photo and I have seen the clear emboss, it's stunning!! And I have never thought that the black stripes werw made with stencil and distress ink! The kitten with the candle is a cutie! Lovely Christmas card!

Katrina Brown said...

This is adorable! Thanks for sharing at our Old School Challenge at Cut It Up!

Katrina
ScrappyHorses.blogspot.com

Bad Kitty said...


very pretty card
love the image
hugs❤

Liz said...

Lovely Christmas card, Kitty. The clear embossed background is just stunning! xx

Karen Lunagirl said...

Cute! What a sweet idea for a Christmas card. Love the black and white and of course the kitty! Thanks for sharing in my Animals challenge at LunagirlMoonbeams.com. ~ Karen

Beccy said...

Awwww, your card is really cute KT. I'm very impressed with your stencilling skills, I usually end up with ink ALL over the place... including me! Well done!
Cheers,
Beccy

Lisa said...

This is so sweet, Kitty!! The image is adorable!! I love the stenciling!! The clear embossing is fabulous!! Beautiful card my friend!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Patricia St Martin said...

Kitty, I love the way you created the area for the kitty to sit on that turned out really nice and so creative. Thanks for sharing your darling card on Twisted Thursday.
Hugs, Pat♥

Donna said...

This is just adorable, this kitty is so cute and the way he is sitting on your stenciled area and the lovely poinsettias is stunning!

Pam Tiedtke, or Pammie Lou said...

Darling image and the embossed background is awesome! Excellent card! Thanks for joining in at MFP Speedy Fox & Friends challenge.
hugs,
Pam
MFP SF&F DT

LesleyG said...

Cute kitty, love the subtle embossing and fab stencilling xxx

Lisa Babitz said...

Adorable clip art image. The background and border you created look awesome! I enjoyed seeing your creation over at Die Cut Divas!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

A wonderful image Kitty and love the idea of using the stencil like that too. And go
D washi, think you had that on last weeks car, would buy theta one too as think it would be very useful. Shaz in Ozx.

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

Leigh Penner said...

So sweet!

Pia S said...

I'm addicted to designer papers but have found lately that I'm really enjoying making my own backgrounds too. This one allows your gorgeous retro designed cat to be the star. A sweet and original Christmas design:)

Andrea W said...

That kitty is super cute and I love your embossed background. Delightful Christmas card!

vinita jain said...

An adorable kitty and i love the embossed BG, so pretty, love this beautiful creation! And glad that you also joined at Catchy challenges:)

brenda said...

Gorgeous Kitty on your card and the colours are really eye catching.

B x

Kuni said...

Oh... this s so sweet, gorgeous layout.
Hugs
Kuni

Di said...

Totally adorable Kitty! Cute image, love the embossed background and I was convinced that must have been striped DP you used - well done!!

Hugs

Di xx

SARN said...

Adorable! x

Barb said...

What a cute kitty image. The background stamping shows well in the second photo and your black and white border looks really good. I thought it was tape till I read what you'd done. It's a very sweet card Kitty.Barbxx

marion said...

Finally visiting your blog :) , what a lovely idea to create the stripped black lines, love the image you used and your lovely card, lots of hugs and love to you and cuddles to your furbabys, Marion

Cut It Up Challenge Blog said...

I love the whole card. Lots of cool techniques, and that's such an adorable kitten!

Thanks for joining us for our Old School challenge at Cut it Up!

Evelyn
http://mylittlecraftblog.wordpress.com

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Very cute thanks for playing at little claire

Vickie Y said...

Beautiful image and card. Thank you for sharing with us at MFP SF&F candle Challenge.

Stampsnob. said...

Love the kitty that is an unusual candle Thanks for sharing at MFPSFF>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Lis

KraftyKoolKat said...

So cute Kitty, love it.
Hugs
Cathy
xxxxx

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Wow! Your stenciling is great I thought it was a stamp or wide washi tape since it was so perfect. Love the vintage kitty!

Jacee said...

How sweet, love the kitty!
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Andrea La Vigne said...

I LOVE your card! I'm definitely a "feline-ophile," so anything cat-related catches my eye. Love the composition, and the embossed poinsettias add a nice, subtle touch. I'm sure it's even better in "real life." Tfs! ~ Andrea

cotnob said...

A gorgeous card Kitty, such a cute image and fabulous stencilled border.
Pauline
x

Natalie said...

Very sweet kitty and a lovely border. Pretty card! Thanks for sharing with us at Word Art Wednesday this week!

ike said...

Perfect and such a cute kitty :-D xxx

Brenda B said...

Very cute little kitty, love the border and also the embossed background too. Thanks for playing along with us at Sparkles Christmas this month.

Hugs
Brenda B
Sparkles DT

Sandra H said...

Oh this is just the cutest card ever what a lovely image and just perfect for our challenge over at “ Sparkles Christmas Challenge "No Designer Paper“ good luck and hope to see you again next time Dt Member Sandra H xx

Jane said...

Adorable card!
Thanks for playing along at MFP/SF&F challenges.

sue k said...

Darling card, adorable kitty image, great job on the boarder. Thank you for joining us this week at HIMCR.

Sue - HIMCR DT
http://suek86401.blogspot.com/

Kren Kurts said...

Just stopping by to say hello and thank you for joining us for our candle theme at the MFPSS/SFF challenge this week. Love your card! kReN

Hazel said...

Thanks for entering both of my CHNC challenges with your lovely crafting - hope to see you again soon. x

Teresa Kline said...

super cute, sweet design and fun image! so glad you played along with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

sparkle & shine *~*

Cazro said...

A very sweet card. Thanks for joining in the fun at Sparkles Christmas Caz DT.

Lena's Creations said...

Such an adorable image. Very sweet card, perfect for the holiday season!
Thanks for joining in the fun at Hiding in My Craft Room.
♥ Lena – DT
Lena’s Creations

Arlene said...

Darling card. The cat is so cute. Your background is subtle and quite festive.

Beautiful card. So glad you could join us at Die Cut Divas.

Helen said...

So cute. Love the border. Thank you so much for sharing it with us at Sparkles Christmas Challenges.
Hugs Helen P (DT) xx

Kimbo said...

Just too cute

Thanks for playing along at Sparkles Christmas Challenge x

Taunya Butler said...

Cute image and super great card - I love the black and white border - such a nice touch!!

Ginny Maxam said...

Adorable card!! I like the focal point popped!! Thank you for sharing your Art with ust at Word Art Wednesday Challenge # 198!! Ginny DT WAW

Charity Chamberlain said...

Sooo cute! Thank you for playing along in the Word Art Wednesday Challenge! Have a blessed day!

Charity - DT Member - Word Art Wednesday
http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com
http://collectivecreativity.blogspot.com (my personal blog)

Larelyn said...

So adorable and I LOVE the background you created. Your coloring of the image is fabulous. Thanks for sharing at Cut it Up.
Hugs
Larelyn

Helen said...

Beautiful CAS design - love the border you created.

Thanks for joining us at The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up.

Helen x

Monika Reeck said...

luv this cute image Kitty so so cute
and hey you made your strip paper self I love it so tidy and good made Kitty
I love that gold washi tape too
adorable card as always my friend

Ruchis Crafeteria said...

Very cute. Thanks for playing along with CSCC Aug challenge- week 4. Good luck. :)