Stained Glass Poinsettia: Bright, Rich and Frosty
by Kim Singdahlsen
I adore the Stained Glass series of dies - this post highlights the Stained Glass Poinsettia.
It's very rare that I use a die or stamp more than once or twice. I know that means that each of the cards that I make is very, very expensive!! However, I justify it by adding in the hours I spend on each card - hours that I love - and figure it's actually cheap entertainment. When I do use a die or stamp multiple times, I must love it. Dies that do the work for me because they are unique and detailed are my very favorites. As you can see, the Stained Glass Poinsettia die rates as one of my favorites.
I started with the rich and elegant card. I didn't start out with the idea of rich and elegant - I started just wanting to use a variety of papers. The poinsettia is a velveteen paper, the frame and rays are a glittery white paper I had in my scrap pile and the background is a pearlized yellow. I also used the diecut horizontally which I hadn't seen done yet and I like the look.
I got that much done and I wasn't sure how to finish it off. Then I noticed the "leftover" glittery white poinsettia petals from the sparkly frame and knew I couldn't waste them - so the idea of two (at this point) very different cards came to mind. To make this one elegant and more traditional, I found a beautiful Memory Box paper for the background, then added some gray and some gold accents. The "Joy to the World" from Christmas Quotes fit perfectly.
The details on that poinsettia, even using velveteen, shows up beautifully. I popped the outer edges of the leaves just a bit.
Then I moved on to the glittery white petals. I knew I wanted to totally mimic the first card but with cool and frosty colors. I found another Memory Box paper and pulled the blues and greens from it. Since I was basing this card on the first card, I used the same sentiment set and realized "Peace on Earth" worked perfectly for this one.
Just like with the red velveteen, the detail on the die shows up beautifully on the glitter paper (although note this isn't a chunky glitter paper - it's smoother)
I thought I was done at this point; I was actually cleaning up my craft desk. But I saw that there was another sentiment in the set that just needed to be used. "Merry and Bright" is perfect for a true "stained glass" poinsettia with bright and cheerful colors. This was been one of my favorite color combos over the summer so I gave it a try with the poinsettia. I added the green to one side for the "leaves" then I added sun and sky colors to the right. I think it's pretty clearly a Christmas card, but I gave it more of a frosty look by adding a layer of vellum. (I did not add patterned paper as with the first two cards because it just seemed too busy.) This is the card that started this post, but here's another angle.
I had a ball creating these cards - and now I have three unique Christmas cards that will go to friends and family depending on their "personality" and style.
NOTE on SUPPLIES: I also used the coordinating dies for the Christmas Quotes clear stamp set