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Monday, 22 November 2021

AWH Heart of Christmas #21

Christmas with Festive Foliage

Hello. Welcome to Valley Inspirations with Andrea and the 21st Art with Heart 2021 Heart of Christmas Blog Hop

I'm delighted you are joining us for this Heart of Christmas Blog Hop. It is our second to last Christmas blog hop for 2021. I have really enjoyed creating for Christmas - even though I am not as far advanced as hoped.  Here is the card for this pen-ultimate HOC Blog Hop:

Send love to special people in your life with a personally designed and created card for Christmas, by Andrea Sargent, Australia.

I love the Festive Foliage stamp (from the Annual Catalogue). It is a single large stamp, that could be used as a background stamp or be the star of the show. For this card I have tried to make it the focus. The colour scheme was inspired by the one of the designs of the Tidings of Christmas Designer Series Paper, as you can see in the photo below.

Send love to special people in your life with a personally designed and created card for Christmas, by Andrea Sargent, Australia.

I started by stamping the Festive Foliage stamp in Versamark ink on to Basic White card-stock and heat embossing using Gold Metallic Emboss Powder and a Heat Gun.

Send love to special people in your life with a personally designed and created card for Christmas, by Andrea Sargent, Australia.

The embossed image was coloured with Stampin' Up's alcohol markers, Stampin' Blends, that is Evening Evergreen, Soft Succulent, Misty Moonlight, Cherry Cobbler and Crumb Cake Combo markers.

Send love to special people in your life with a personally designed and created card for Christmas, by Andrea Sargent, Australia.

The embossed and coloured panel was cut into strips of random widths varying between 0.5cm and 2cm. All the strips were then adhered to a piece of window sheet in order to maintain the design but with small gaps in between. This card front was mounted on a slightly larger piece of Evening Evergreen card-stock with Dimensionals. A piece of Gold Shimmer Ribbon was wrapped around the card front; which in turn was added to a Thick Basic White card-stock base. Another piece of the ribbon was cut in half length-wise and the two halves were tied in a bow that was added to the card with Glue Dots.

Send love to special people in your life with a personally designed and created card for Christmas, by Andrea Sargent, Australia.

A sentiment from the Heartfelt Wishes stamp set was stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed in Gold. The fussy cut sentiment was layered over a strip of 2021-2023 In Colour Shimmer Vellum, ie Evening Evergreen vellum and then popped in place with Dimensionals. Some Evening Evergreen 2021-2023 In Colour Jewels were added as the finishing touch.

Send love to special people in your life with a personally designed and created card for Christmas, by Andrea Sargent, Australia.

In detailing the processes above I left out the comedy of errors that occurred. So many things went wrong - it was just one of "those" days, which meant I ran out of time to decorate the card inner and envelope - ah well, a task for tomorrow.

Thank you so much for spending time on my blog. I so appreciate you.


If you are in Australia, don't already have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and would like your own copy of Stampin' Up's 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue and or the July - December Mini Catalogue then let me know and I will be delighted to send them to you. Pease don't hesitate to make contact with any other queries about these projects or Stampin' Up!. 

To continue with the blog hop, click on the "onto the next" graphic below to be taken to the blog of the lovely Caroline Manwaring. I always look forward to checking out Caroline's clean & elegant creations together with everyone else's. 

Hope to see you next week for the final AWHT Heart of Christmas Blog Hop

Also, don't forget the weekly Colour Creations Blog Hop by the Art with Heart Team that launches every Wednesday at 8.00pm AEST.

Stay well, stay safe and be kind to yourself and others.

Andrea XXX


As mentioned, it is exciting to see everyone's creations and the way they each use the amazing Stampin' Up! products. I am sure there will be gorgeous Christmas projects on show so don't miss checking out each blog. 

If at any time you find a broken link and the next blog doesn’t come up or you started part way through, please head to the blog of this week’s host of the Heart of Christmas Blog Hop, the very special Sharon Davern, and she will have the list of all Art With Heart Team members who are participating in this blog hop. Check out her beautiful creation while you are there.


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5 comments:

  1. This is really cool, Andrea. I love the effect of the panels in different widths; it really is striking and a great idea with such a large stamped image. Beautiful colouring too xx

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  2. Andrea I love the strip technique you have used for your card, very eye-catching. Love the gold embossed image and superb colouring.

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  3. What a lovely, different, way to showcase this beautiful background stamp, Andrea. It looks so elegant, gold-embossed. I love your use of window sheet behind the strips, to maintain the continuity of the design.

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  4. What a fresh take on using a large background stamp, Andrea!Love the embossing too - this is a very eye-catching card.

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  5. Such a lovely card, Andrea. The coloured, gold embossed image is beautiful and the strip technique looks fabulous!

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