Thursday, September 11, 2014

For the Love of Aquas - Christmas Noel

Hello Everyone!

I'm back with the finished card from the Speed Craft Challenge #2 - Colour Theme.

TIME TO COMPLETE MY CARD - 7 hrs.
I had to let all the layers of glitter, snow and crackle accents dry before I could assemble the card. I think my colours are a little towards the blue side, but it's what I had for aquas and I think it worked OK.

I find Christmas cards to be the hardest to photograph. All the shimmers and glitters and metallics and shine...they do not not speak on camera the way they do in real life. I hope you can see all that glitters and shines on this card, just like a fresh snow under the twinkly lights.

 

- for the background, I applied some home-made texture paste through a Tim Holtz's Bubble stencil. While the paste was still wet, I covered it with white embossing powder and heat dried it. The embossing acts as a resist for the painting stage, so the raised areas stay white.

- I mixed up four different colours of diluted aqua paints and used a small sip straw to drip the paints down the page horizontally and vertically.

- the icicles are made from Snow Tex and covered with Rock Candy Distress Stickles - Dry Glitter. I love this stuff!!


- the flower is made using Spellbinders foliage die and coloured with Tim Holtz distress ink Peacock Feathers. I filled the inside of the flower with chunky crystal glitter...so shimmery!


- the frames are cut out using Spellbinders Grand Stately Circles. I lined them with vellum, covered them with clear chunky glitter, popped them up on foam dots and stuffed frilly silk mesh underneath.

- the snowflakes are from the Penny Black Snowflake Trio set.


- I cut the Noel from Tim Holtz Vintage Noel set and partially covered it with texture paste. I didn't want it to be completely flat, so that gave it some depth and texture. I painted it white, the used Peacock Feathers distress ink to highlight the raised area, giving it a marble appearance.

- I covered it with DecoArt Crackle Medium and then rubbed Peacock Feathers and Tumbled Glass into the cracks for a little extra texture. I added some Snow Tex and Rock Candy dry glitter to the tops of the letters.



I am entering my Aqua Noel Christmas card into the following wonderful challenges:
- Completely Christmas - Challenge #28 - Anything Goes

- Through The Purple Haze - Challenge #58 - Clear and Bright
(For 'Clear' I have used vellum, clear glitters & glaze. For 'Bright' I have used beautiful bright aquas and white)

- Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge - Choose R, E or D
(R - Rock Candy Glitter...E - Embossing Powder...D - Die Cuts)



That's it for today. Thank you for stopping in and for all the amazing comments. I read and appreciate every single one! If you have any questions, please let me know.


68 comments:

  1. Oh! Looks like I saw it first! This is outstanding...absolutely stunning. The colors are cool and the textured too! You are too good at making cards. This is a real visual treat.

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  2. Oh Pamellia,this is lush beyond words....again! It's a real jaw dropper,I absolutely adore the colour used and it has a real winter wonderland vibe to it. There is no way I would send this to anyone...would never part with it! Everything you create just gets more and more wonderful,you are a star.

    Thank you so much for your kind thoughts too,you are a lovely crafty friend :)

    Extra big inky hugs
    Donna xxx

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    1. Thank you so much Donna! Think I will hand deliver this one, the vellum is so fragile and would rip in the mail, I think. big hugs to you too :)

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  3. BEAUTIFUL colours love this outstanding creation...the flowers the texture the glitter is just gorgeous. I can imagine how beautiful it is in real life, such a pity our camera's don't pick up the real beauty and colours...just love this....another WOW FACTOR my lovely friend.xx

    The Journey is the Start


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  4. Ok, that's it ... When are you teaching a class somewhere near? I want to go and learn things!!! If everything goes as planned I will go shopping for some mixed media things (sprays, paste etc.) at the end of October and then I will *hopefully* get myself to try to make something like that - meaning: different techniques. This is spectacular!!!! <3 <3 Big crafty hugs to you!!!!!! xx

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    1. Aahhh, thanks Maja! I can't wait to see the amazing project I KNOW you will come up with! You are a star! hugs :)

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  5. Oh my crafty Goodness! This is spectacular! This is like a winter wonderland type of card!!! I just want to bury myself in the prettiness!! Oh, it was worth waiting for! Gorgeous!
    Xxx

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    1. Thank you so much my dear crafty friend!! big hugs :)

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  6. OKAY... this tops it all... just dripping with LOVE, and beautifulness... lovely, lovely card Pamellia... love it all.. the dribbles, the embossing on the textured paste, all of it... just wonderfully creative and so very pretty with the colors and for SNOWY times... which hopefully are not coming anytime soon... love this one... just perfectly delicious. Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

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    1. Thank you so much Bonnie!! I don't mind winter, as long as I don't have to go outside. hahah. big hugs my friend! :)

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  7. Very lovely, very different but beautiful.

    Fiona DT
    TTPH

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  8. A totally stunning creation Pamellia, it is absolutely gorgeous! Anne xx

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  9. Beautiful work, so pretty, love the colour, absolutely gorgeous, love it!
    Hugs Jacee
    Simply Paper Card Design

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  10. WOW! The beauty of your card is breath-taking Pamellia, honestly this is one of the most stunning Christmas creations I have ever seen. I LOVE the icy blues, wonderful textures, beautiful detailing and all the sparkle looks magical. Totally inspiring.
    Hugs Sue xx

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    1. Aahhh, thank you so much Sue! You made me smile! big bear hugs! :)

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  11. Gorgeous card, awesome details as always.
    Yvonne

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  12. This is absolutely stunning Pamellia, I love the gorgeous colour and I certainly can see all of the sparkle and shimmer. There are so many fabulous details and wonderful textures.
    Pauline
    x

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  13. Magic!! beautiful colouring and love all those embellies. thanks for taking the time to visit my blog. xx

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    1. Thank you Sherryn and it is my pleasure...always! hugs :)

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  14. OMG!!! What a gorgeous card!! Love all the details! soooo beautiful!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    Hugs

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  15. WOW this is stunning Pamellia!! I LOVE the aqua color for a Christmas card! Fabulous sparkle and gorgeous flower! Hugs, Tammy

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  16. AMAZING!! Love every detail Pamellia. All your cards are a work of art with so much love and attention to detail ... I totally understand how this would take 7 hours --- so beautiful! Loll xx

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  17. Hi Pamellia

    So just gorgeous is your card , i can understand why it took you 7 hours such a lot of work has gone into it such beautiful detail and textures but hey soooo worth it .
    I love it all .
    Take Care
    Elaine H X

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    1. Thank you so much Elaine! You are so sweet! hugs :)

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  18. Well the finished result is stunning as always ... You can't rush an artist!

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  19. Love the delicate colours. Thank you so much for entering our Completely Christmas challenge 28 with your lovely crafting - we hope we'll see you again soon, Hazel, DT - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for September - I'd love to see it there too. x

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    1. Thank you Hazel, I will definitely check that out! :)

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  20. Hi Pamellia
    Blogger not letting me comment on your 10 minute wonder grrr!
    This is stunning. Never thought of Peacock Feathers being a Christmassy colour but it looks fab, like an ice sculpture!
    Have a great weekend.
    Ang x

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    1. Thanks Ang!! You have a great weekend too! big hugs :)

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  21. lovely card thank you for joining us at ttph

    Jacqui DT

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  22. OMG!!! This card is gorgeous!!! I love all of your attention to detail, and the color is gorgeous! I love that Peacock Feathers ink so much! :)

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  23. Pamellia, LOVE the aqua and the glitter and the crackle! Gorgeous card!

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  24. I am soo sorry Pamellia that it took me this long to leave a comment. I saw your card the other day on my break at work. ( your blog gives me comfort on my breaks at work, especially on stressful days :)) I was too busy admiring your card that break just flew by before I knew it. Anyways, your card is AS USUAL absolutely STUNNING!!! I love the color you chose, it is just gorgeous and all the details on the card are AS USUAL done to PERFECTION! My favorite is "Noel" sentiment. All the layers and colors added to it made my jaw drop! When I first saw this card, my jaw just dropped and it took a while AGAIN to just unglue my eyes off of it... Your work is amazing, you put so much into each project and I learn alot from every time I check your blog. Thank you!!!! Till next time, big hugs form Las Vegas :)

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    1. Wow Samra! You really know how to make me smile! I am so happy that we found each other, your work is so inspiring and your comments lift my spirits every single time!! big crafty hugs my dear friend! :)

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  25. Wow, wow, wow, is this ever a beauty! I love the color and all the details. You have done a fabulous job. I am a new follower, I hope you will follow me back.

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    1. Thank you so much for all the wows! I welcome you to My Little Craft Things with a big smile!! happy weekend Shirley! hugs :)

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  26. stunning card. So pleased you've joined us at Southern Girls Challenge.

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  27. Wow, I love the finished project! Such a stunning Christmas creation, I love those frosty colours and the icicles look amazing!
    Rebecca.

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    1. Thank you so much Rebecca! I love glittery icicles! hugs :)

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  28. lovely card.

    Thanks for joining in the fun over at TTPH

    Hugs
    Jo DT x

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  29. Beautiful !! ... Thanks for playing with Southern Girls Challenge .. :)

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  30. Beautiful card Pamellia. So much detail - I bet it looks even more spectacular up close. Wonderful work. Thanks for sharing with us at Holly Jolly. Meighan DT

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  31. Absolutely gobsmackingly stunning love the colour and all the texture love the sparkly icicles and just love all your details and step by step
    Carol x

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    1. hahaha, gobsmackingly...what a great word! Thanks Carol, for the lovely comment and the giggles! big hugs :)

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  32. fab christmas creation and thanks for sharing with us at Craft

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  33. Super card, great christmas design!
    Glad you joined us for the challenge at Southern Girls hope to see you come back soon!
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    Shell in Alaska ~ SGC~DT ~
    http://akstamping.blogspot.com

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