Saturday, April 29, 2017

Rudolph Daze.... :)

Hi, Friends....

Yes, I am here with a card for Scrappy Mo's April Rudolph Days. I haven't kept up with my goal of making Christmas cards throughout the year, so her challenge is always a good reminder! You still have a couple days to join in. It's Anything Goes Christmas. Easy and fun!

I did the "Daze" thing up there in the title because I got sooooooo inspired that I made a series of 5 cards with some fabulously sparkly reindeer ornaments I found at the dollar store back at Christmastime. I am ashamed to admit that they have been sitting on my craft desk since December!!!! I am sooooooo serious! I was afraid that if I put them away I would forget about them. Hooray that I am finally using them!
(They were so much fun that I used all five that came in the package for a buck.....heh heh.....buck/reindeer....get it? Ha!!! Yes, I am a bit loopy from this sinus infection that I am fighting!!!)

I used some decidedly non-traditional patterns and colors for my cards, but I think they work. Each uses one of my double-embossed backgrounds that I already had on hand. This is my absolute favorite embossing technique where I dry emboss a piece of cardstock, then brayer Versamark over the textured parts, then sprinkle on embossing powder and zap with my heat gun. 

#1 - White panels on each of my cards are cut with Sizzix - Fancy Labels die set and then dry embossed.  I used my Darice - Snowflakes folder on most of them.
Sometimes when I double emboss, I smoosh Versamark over the entire surface and heat emboss with one color and then brayer Versamark over the textured surface and heat emboss with a second color. That's what I did with this background, which has pink powder over fuchsia cardstock (now hidden) and then a warm-tone silver powder heat embossed over the textured ridges from the Darice - Diagonal Stripe Background folder. It was hard to get a focused photo and still get all the glimmer and shine.  

Here are the others I made of the same design with only a few slight variations:
#2 - Double embossed background is brayered with Versamark and heat embossed with sparkly white powder.

#3 - Background is the same as #2 with a slightly different color of cardstock used.
#4 - Background is double embossed using my Darice - Interlocking Circles folder and heat embossed with sparkly white embossing powder.
#5 - Background same as #4 except I used my Darice - Snowflakes and Flourishes embossing folder.  The white panel is dry embossed with my Darice - Wood Grain folder.

Are you in a Reindeer DAZE, yet???? Hope you liked my sparkly cards....even in their non-traditional colors and patterns.  Thank you for all your kind comments. Your visits to my blog brighten my day!!!


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. April Rudolph Days at Scrappy Mo's - AG Christmas
2. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas #331 - Anything Goes Christmas (opt. Stars)
3. ABC Christmas Challenge - H is for Home, I is for Informal (I used some Informal polka-dot patterned paper for my Christmas card.) 
4. Allsorts Week 413 - Embossing
5. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

6. Crafty Hazelnut's April Patterned Paper Challenge
7. HIMCR Challenge #299 - Freestyle
8. Wow! Embossing Powder April Challenge - Favorite Embossing Technique
9. DL.Art - April Linky Challenge


  1. oh this is so pretty card!

  2. There you go a lovely Christmas card Surprised myself by coloring a whole sheet of elves today ...........Lis

  3. Great creations for our Allsorts embossing theme, thank you so much for joining in.

    B x

  4. These cards are all wso wonderful! Great use for that Dollar store find. I think I have seen those sprarkly reindeer over here in our Dollarama stores.

    My fave is #3. The lovely red toned mat against the soft paisley is so beautiful!

    Thanks for taking part in the April Rudolph Days Challenge

  5. A great selection of Christmas cards - what a great find in the dollar store! I love the effect of the double embossing technique, I've never seen that done before.
    Visiting your blog today with my Rudolph Days Guest Designer hat on. Thanks for joining in the challenge this month. Good luck! xx

  6. Very pretty cards Janis, I especially love your cool reindeer find! The blue and yellow is my fav too :)

  7. WOW that reindeer sure is amazing to look at. Thank you so much for joining us at the Rudolph Days Challenge!
    Rudolph Days Challenge DT
    Dr Sonia

  8. Thanks for entering your lovely crafting for CHNC challenge 331 and my Patterned Paper April challenge - hope to see you again soon x

  9. WOW Janis, you have been BUSY! These are fabulous in the non-traditional colours and what would a Christmas card be without sparkle??? Beautiful work, my friend!

  10. Great cards using these sparkly reindeer.

  11. A nice assortment of cards, love the sparkles!
    Thanks so much for sharing at Allsorts this week!

  12. A great collection of cards with some fab backgrounds. Thank you for sharing them with us at CHNPPC.


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