Friday, 15 April 2011

Guest Designer Bah Humbug Challenge - Stockings

Wow has another week really gone past.

This card is for the Bah Humbug Challenge Blog, of which I am lucky enough to be a guest designer.

This week’s challenge was to create something using Christmas Stockings as the theme, and Boy did I have to think long and hard about it.

I come up with the following, I started by thinking about what techniques have I learnt but don’t very often use, and one of the techniques was Iris folding…. Now I will admit, I love doing Iris folding as I find it peaceful but it does take me a while to get used to the card once it is made up, this card took me nearly three full days to actually like it.

To create the card I used a free template from Circle of Crafters, of a Christmas stocking, now to try and make it slightly different I went for more contemporary colours for the card, and fell in love with the papers I used. The actual card base is a plain white A4 card folded in half to create a A5 card base. The papers were added to the base, along with a strip of purple card that was cut using a rough scalloped cutter on my guillotine. Purple organza ribbon was added to the card and a bow was tied at the end. The topper is as said a Irish folded Christmas Stocking, before I started the Irish folding aspect of the card, I ran the topper through my Cuttlebug and used a Holly Cuttlebug embossing folder. The edge of the stocking was bordered using a gold peel off and the top of the stocking was created using cotton wool that was stuck down, and then using stickles glue and my finger I glittered the cotton wool up to create a dimension to the stocking (and Christmas stockings always seem to have fluffy tops) the card has a simple greeting of “Winter Wishes” and finally to finish the card I have added four pink gems one to each corner of the stocking topper, to give it that extra bit of bling.

The Card

The Stocking

The Wool and Stocking

The Challenges

This card is entered into the Bah Humbug Challenge Blog – however this is as a guest designer.

The Ingredients

A4 White Card Stock

Baking papers – Pinks/Greens/Blue/ Browns

Cuttlebug Embossing Machine

Holly Embossing Folder

Gold Peel Offs

Cotton Wool


Organza Ribbon

Four Pink Gems

Well that is the card, hope the information helps you to recreate the card, and please feel free to leave me any comments good or bad, I won’t be offended.

Hugs for now

Kelly x


Ann said...

Gosh I didn't realise this had iris folding on it till I read your post - then I clicked and enlarged to have a proper look. Fab work and definitely a card that will be so much more special in real life. I love iris folding and haven't actually done any for ages. Must get into action.
Thanks for submitting such a great design for us this week.
Ann xxx

Max said...

WOWZA! I was blown away when I first saw this pretty stocking but am even more amazed after reading all the details of how it was created! I lurrrrrrrve the glittery cotton wool top - especially as you've managed to create the illusion that you could stick your hand inside all that fluffiness for a wee treat! Thank you for being such a great Guest Designer for us.

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DonnaMundinger said...

OOOh, I clicked on the pic to see the actual Iris folding. How lovely! I have several books on this but have yet to try it. I love your pastels and the fluffy top is darling. xxD

Aquarius said...

A great stocking card and the iris folding gives it a different look - not seen any of that for ages.

veronica said...

lovely card Kelly - couldn't see the iris folding until it was enlarged - great idea, and a very different look and colour scheme