Wednesday, September 2, 2020

ABC Christmas Challenge: S & T

The first Wednesday of the month means it's time for a new ABC Christmas Challenge! It's now September, so definitely time to start thinking about making Christmas cards if you haven't already. This month we have two prompts for you - S for SNOWY and T for TINSEL. Here is my snowy card: 

I decided to do a variation on a tag I made last year for Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags. (It's the third tag on this post.) To start, I stamped, embossed and die cut a number of these pretty Studio Katia snowflakes. Then, in case this wasn't snowy enough, I used a snowflake stencil to dry-emboss the main panel. Before I adhered the snowflakes, I embossed the sentiment in silver. After adhering and trimming the die cuts, I edged the main panel in a silver Sharpie - in retrospect, I rather wish I hadn't, but I did, so there it is. :D 

My card for tinsel is a little more complicated: 

Before I did anything, I checked that the British definition for "tinsel" (Where ABC is based) was the same as mine - even in my household of two, there are two different definitions for tinsel! It does seem that tinsel can refer either to the long strips of shiny silver that get draped on a Christmas tree last, or the long strings of what I learned as a kid to call "garland". With that out of the way, I knew I was safe to use my tinsel ribbon from Stampin' Up. I decided the easiest way to use it was to create a wreath and wrap the tinsel around it. I smooshed some watercolour paper with green inks, cut out lots of evergreen sprigs, and assembled my wreath, adding a die cut bow as well. I hung my wreath on some woodgrain-embossed cardstock, and added a die cut sentiment. The sentiment has long been in my box o' Christmas stash, so the dot above the 'i' was nowhere to be found. Doesn't the silver Stickles work well?  
I've already been told I can make more of these. ;) 

Beautiful Christmas cards, as always, from my teammates will, I hope, inspire you to make some Christmas cards and join us! 

Supplies: (snowy) Neenah white cardstock, Studio Katia Snowflakes stamps & dies, Versamark ink, Brutus Monroe sterling shimmer & Ranger super fine detail silver embossing powder, Memory Box Winter Tiny Snowflakes stencil, silver Sharpie; (tinsel) Neenah white, scrap red & (?) silver glitter cardstock, Craft Smith red card base, Canson watercolour paper, bundled sage, mowed lawn & evergreen bough distress inks, Paper Smooches Wreath Builder, Baby Bow & Merry Christmas dies, Papertrey Ink woodgrain impression plate, Stampin Up silver trim tinsel, silver Stickles

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Inkyfingers said...

What a great pair of cards to add you your stash, Lindsey! I rather like the addition of the pen on your cool snowflake card - makes the top layer stand out more. I'm blown away though by your fabulous tinsel wreath with the beautiful red bow! The woodgrain background and sparkly sentiment are perfect finishing touches.
Take care.
Carol x

Barbara Godden said...

Gorgeous pair of cards, that wreath is fabulous Lots of options for the challenge this month.

Joyce said...

Both are so very pretty. And, I loved seeing those beautiful snowflakes from our tag project last year. You have inspired me and I already have something in the works for this challenge.

Helen said...

Beautiful cards Lyndsey - the way you added the tinsel to your wreath is genius!
Helen x

cm said...

Time for a much needed commenting catch-up on your fabulous cards; doing so in reverse order. Your snowflakes are shimmery, glittery pretty; your wreath, wrapped with tinsel/garland, beautiful! The red bow: perfect touch! I love tinsel, be it the strings draped or the garland variety. Just something 'special' about the shiny, delicate strands that make me feel all warm and festive...

Kim Heggins said...

Simply magical! Love all your beautiful silver snowflakes and your wreath is gorgeous!!!

JulieP said...

Very pretty! I do love that wreath. To me you added what I'd call "tinseled garland." LOL!

Lynda said...

Love both these cards. The first is just so dramatic and the second - I never thought of adding some tinsel to the wreath - great idea. Stunning effect. xx

Dorte said...

Wonderful cards for the S and T challenge, Lindsey.
Dorte xx