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Monday, 22 August 2022

AWH Heart of Christmas #8

Heart of Christmas Blog Hop: Nature’s Prints

Hello. Welcome to Valley Inspirations with Andrea and the eighth Art with Heart Team Heart of Christmas Blog Hop for 2022. 

I am so glad you are joining us for our this 2022 Heart of Christmas Blog Hop. I had fun creating a fancy fold card using both Christmas and non Christmas products. Here is my card:

Send Christmas Blessings to someone special with an elegant personally created Easel Fancy Fold Christmas card.

It has been raining for much of the day today so it has been impossible to take my photos in outside light. This encouraged me to try out my light box. I’m not sure about the black background but will need to make time to play with backgrounds and camera angles etc. Hopefully the photo backgrounds will improve quickly.

Here is a look at the card closed. The background and bottom section of the card inner were created with embossed panels using Basic White card-stock, the Pine EF from the Wintry Embossing Folders and my Cut and Emboss machine. The embossed panels were splattered with Soft Succulent ink from a Stampin’ Write Marker before being mounded onto a slightly larger piece of Lights Aglow Speciality Designer Series Paper. The beauty of this SDSP is not really appreciated with such a small mount so I would probably just use Evening Evergreen card-stock if I was to repeat this card.
Send Christmas Blessings to someone special with an elegant personally created Easel Fancy Fold.

The wreath die from the Natural Prints dies was used to cut 4 wreaths, 2 from Shimmery White card-stock and 2 from Thick Basic White card-stock. A number of little leaves and leaf twigs were also die cut from Shimmery White card-stock. The Shimmery White wreaths were water-coloured with either Evening Evergreen or Soft Succulent Classic Stampin’ ink and a Water Painter. The same inks were used for the smaller leaf die cuts plus a little Crumb Cake ink was added to the little leaves. The flower from the Natures Prints stamp set was white heat embossed a number of times onto Shimmery White card-stock using Versamark, White Emboss Powder and a Heat Tool. The flowers were water-coloured with Cherry Cobbler ink.

Send Christmas Blessings to someone special with an elegant personally created Easel Fancy Fold.

The 2 white card-stock wreaths were adhered together and then to the back of the Evening Evergreen wreath. The lighter Soft Succulent wreath was adhered over the darker wreath ensuring it was turned 180 degrees so part of the wreath below showed through. Then the lower section of the wreath was adhered to the lower section of the background so that when the card front is bent the top section of the wreath would stand up.

Send Christmas Blessings to someone special with an elegant personally created Easel Fancy Fold.

A sentiment from the Hope & Peace stamp set was white heat embossed on Evening Evergreen card-stock and then fussy cut. A sentiment from the Brightest Glow stamp set was stamped in Evening Evergreen ink on Basic White card-stock before being die cut with a label from the Seasons Labels dies. This label was popped up on Dimensionals and a flower with some leaves were tucked under one side of the label. 

Send Christmas Blessings to someone special with an elegant personally created Easel Fancy Fold.

A bow was tied with Gold &Vanilla Satin-edged ribbon and Gold Simply Elegant Trim and added to the wreath with Glue Dots. Flowers and little leaves were arranged and some In Colour Opal Rounds were sprinkled around. A couple of remaining leaf twigs were added to a C6 Basic White Envelope and the last twig was adhered to the area for a personal message.

Send Christmas Blessings to someone special with an elegant personally created Easel Fancy Fold.

Thank you for dropping in. I hope you have found something that peaked your interest.

It is always a delight to see everyone's creations and I am sure there will be gorgeous Christmas projects on show so don't miss checking out each blog. To continue with the blog hop, click the "onto the next" graphic below to be taken to the blog of the very special Kate Morgan. I always look forward to checking out Kate’s creations together with everyone else's. 

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

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 our Heart of Christmas Blog Hop Host, the amazing 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.

If you are in Australia, don't already have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and would like your own copy of Stampin' Up's 2022-2023 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 contact me with any other queries about these projects or Stampin' Up!. 

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  1. Gosh, you put a lot of work into this gorgeous, intricate, design, Andrea. The softly-watercoloured wreaths are so pretty, and I love the pops of colour the flowers provide. The embossed and lightly inked panels are beautiful.

  2. Andrea, Oh My Goodness another beautifully stunning card! Using your black background for the photos has made this gorgeous card pop right out at you! It is so pretty, and just like last week I keep scrolling back to look at it. Caroline.

  3. This is utterly beautiful Andrea - such gorgeous soft colours! I HAVE to get my hands on that embossing folder!!
    Kathryn R. Xx

  4. Andrea I love the subtle colour effects you've achieved with your watercolouring - you really know how to extend the colour pallette with your gorgeous watercolouring. Your wreath is divine and that EF is simply perfect - a fab easel Christmas card using non-Christmas products.

  5. The softness that the watercolouring brings to the whitr and shimmery white cardstock is lovely and the embossing folder is the perfect choice for the background. As always a beautiful bow.

  6. Oh my goodness, you have created another stunner of a card, Andrea. I adore the softness of the watercolouring in your wreath and the dry embossing panels work so well. The ribbon and the flowers are gorgeous and I keep going back up to look at all the amazing details.

  7. I am speechless, this is gorgeous! I have been looking at your card all week. It is stunning! I love this fold with the pop up focal point when the card becomes an easel! Your wreath is so beautifully water coloured! You are so good with the watercolouring! The bow is gorgeous too! I love the embossed background it just sets everything off perfectly! Such a beautiful Card!

  8. Wow Andrea I always love your cards but this one is an absolute stunner. I love everything about it.


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