by Kim Singdahlsen
The brand new holiday release includes the gorgeous Poinsettia Background die. It can cover the entire card front, but I used it in a couple of different ways.
My first card in pinks and reds offsets it a little to the upper left. It gives it a unique look and also leaves space in the bottom corner for a sentiment.
I used the Memory Box Berry Red cardstock pad and picked three different red/pinks to cut my flowers and then the Lush Green pad for my leaves. I added some shimmer paint to the petals and then I used Memory Box Fairy Drops for the centers. This all left room for the sentiment in the bottom left. The sentiment set is also brand new - it's the Gilded Christmas Wishes stamp and die set. It's full of classic Christmas sentiments with frames around them, all in various shapes and coordinating dies. It's a classic must-have set!
I actually planned this card with glitter white cardstock for the Poinsettia Background. I cut it and added dots of adhesive on the back at which time a cat jumped onto my table and got it stuck to himself. By the time I chased him down and pulled it off (with more than little fur), the poor poinsettia background was ripped (and very furry). Even more sadly, I didn't have another big enough piece of white glitter even though multiple Memory Box pads have white glitter.
I tell you all of this because it was the genesis of my next card. I didn't have the white glitter frame but I did have all of the little pieces that came out of each petal and I was not going to let those go to waste!!
I cut the background using black. I adhered just the edge of it to the card (the two left poinsettias and all of the leaves that are showing). With the pieces I had left, I added bit of two poinsettias at the top and the bottom. Then I used my white glitter petals in the poinsettias. I didn't do the leaves in white glitter simply because I liked the way that the poinsettias popped. The sentiment is from the new Peaceful Christmas Greetings. Each sentiment is beautiful - both in meaning and in the lovely mix of fonts. To add just a pop of color I added red gems as berries and a sprinkling of gold gems.
Black and White Poinsettias