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:

  1. 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!

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

    Katrina
    ScrappyHorses.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete

  3. very pretty card
    love the image
    hugs❤

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

    ReplyDelete
  5. 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

    ReplyDelete
  6. 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

    ReplyDelete
  7. 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

    ReplyDelete
  8. 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♥

    ReplyDelete
  9. 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!

    ReplyDelete
  10. 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

    ReplyDelete
  11. Cute kitty, love the subtle embossing and fab stencilling xxx

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

    ReplyDelete
  13. 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}

    ReplyDelete
  14. 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:)

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

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

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

    B x

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

    ReplyDelete
  19. 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

    ReplyDelete
  20. 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

    ReplyDelete
  21. 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

    ReplyDelete
  22. 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

    ReplyDelete
  23. Very cute thanks for playing at little claire

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

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

    ReplyDelete
  26. So cute Kitty, love it.
    Hugs
    Cathy
    xxxxx

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

    ReplyDelete
  28. 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

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

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

    ReplyDelete
  31. Perfect and such a cute kitty :-D xxx

    ReplyDelete
  32. 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

    ReplyDelete
  33. 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

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

    ReplyDelete
  35. 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/

    ReplyDelete
  36. 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

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

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

    sparkle & shine *~*

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

    ReplyDelete
  40. 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

    ReplyDelete
  41. 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.

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

    ReplyDelete
  43. Just too cute

    Thanks for playing along at Sparkles Christmas Challenge x

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

    ReplyDelete
  45. 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

    ReplyDelete
  46. 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)

    ReplyDelete
  47. 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

    ReplyDelete
  48. Beautiful CAS design - love the border you created.

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

    Helen x

    ReplyDelete
  49. 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

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

    ReplyDelete