Thursday, 10 January 2019

…a cold, clear night made brilliant by a glorious star…

Sharing a CAS Christmas card I made featuring the layered Nativity Star set of dies from Birch Press and a sentiment from the Christmas Blessings Sentiments by Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps.

I’d love to say this is me getting a head start on Christmas cards for this year but it’s actually my penultimate one for 2018 that didn’t even get finished by the 12th day of Christmas!

Over at Inkspirational their word prompt is CASE, which did actually prompt me to take another look at this fab card on the Frilly and Funkie blog by Sara Baker of Sara’s Closet.

Sara made a few different designs but I really loved the look of the one she called ‘boundless imagination’.  To make the card my own I changed up the die cut from a snowflake to the star.  I didn’t have the mixed media powder Sara used so substituted with Fran-tage, which gave me a somewhat similar look.  I liked how Sara used the black ‘shadow’ layer so cut my base layer also in black.  I wanted to keep my card quite CAS so while I also made my own background I went for a simpler ink blending without any dry embossing.  I added a bit of bling in the centre of my star to match Sara’s die cut but, as my card is winging it’s way across to the USA, I skipped on the metal embellie for the sentiment for the lighter option of a stamped one.

At Crazy 4 Challenges they are asking you to share your favourite card type.  Mine would have to be a 6x6 square in CAS, has been for some time now.  So no surprises this card is on a 6x6 base and I’ve kept it all CAS.

For my colour scheme I was inspired by the silver and blue challenge at CAS Christmas.  The jury is still out for me on the Jane Davenport Squid Ink I used for the sentiment.  I’ve juiced up the pad a lot and there seems to be plenty of ink on my stamps but it doesn’t seem to give very good coverage.  I actually added clear embossing powder to the sentiment to help it stand out on the background.  So the hunt for the perfect metallic ink pad continues for me.  It also doesn’t show up at all in the picture but there’s an added bit of silver with the Tonic silver mirror card mat sandwiched between the blue inked panel and a black mat.

Chalks & Powders etc
Stampendous! Fran-tage Embossing Enamel ~ Aged Silver
Ranger Embossing Powder ~ Super Fine Detail Clear
Ranger UTEE ~ Black
Dies, SVGs & Templates etc
Birch Press Dies ~ 57212~57215 Nativity Star (Layered)
Prima Say It In Crystals ~ The Archivist
Inks & Paints etc
Jane Davenport Squid Ink ~ Silver Trinket
Tim Holtz Distress Ink ~ Chipped Sapphire
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide ~ Broken China, Faded Jeans & Salty Ocean
Bazzill Card Shoppe Cardstock ~ Marshmallow
Bazzill Classic Cardstock ~ Licorice
Bazzill Smoothie Cardstock ~ White
Bellbird Paperarts ~ 210gsm Cotton Blend Card
Tonic Mirror Card ~ Chrome Silver

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Gorgeous blue background that really makes that beautiful silver star shine! Wonderful design Emily! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Christmas!

  2. Beautiful star centered on that gorgeous blue background. Beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at CAS Christmas.

  3. Your Christmas star is so striking against the beautiful blue background! Thanks so much for joining us at CAS Christmas!

  4. What an elegant Christmas star Emily! It shows beautifully against the blue background! Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Christmas!

  5. Echoing the others in being 'star struck' by your gorgeous card! Striking and eye-catching! So thrilled to see this gem in the Inkspirational gallery!


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