Saturday, 17 November 2012

A Dove Book Card for Christmas

This is my favourite card from the last couple of months, it has all my favourite things - vintage images, loads of ink & stamping, and above all lots of dimension. I hope you like it too.

"Dove Book Christmas Card Inside"

This card has the usual book card construction. If you've never made one before, I have a tutorial with all the construction details.

"Inside left panel"

The background paper is entirely handmade using a heat-embossing resist technique to stamp the snowflakes, with plenty of blue distress inks sponged on, and a few extra blue stamped snowflakes for dimension. Spellbinders snowflakes are diecut from pearlised card, together with a Venetian Motif decorated circle behind the sentiment. The sentiment is printed from one of those Christmas magazine CDs & sponged with distress inks to match, then mounted on a Fancy Tag diecut with Pinflair blobs to raise it. You can't see it in the photo, but the swirls have thin lines of glitter glue added for extra sparkle.

"Inside aperture"

The beautiful dove is a free image from the Graphics Fairy (thank you Karen!). It is printed three times, fussy cut, shaped & layered. The feathers on the wing edges and tail are feathered with scissors so they look more realistic. The image was glued into some old acetate packaging filled with tiny clear seed beads and white sequin snowflakes to make a shaker card, and fitted into the aperture. Extra diecut snowflakes are slotted in between "the pages of the book" and held in place with tiny dots of glossy accents. The front layer of the folded book pages is heat-embossed & inked to match the backing paper.

"Outside cover"

The front cover has some more of that patterned paper matted onto pearlised white card edged in distress inks, with some more diecut snowflakes.

Well, it's turned cold here in Northern Ireland and whilst they forecast snow, we didn't see any thank goodness. It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas :-)

Stampers Anonymous stamp set - Tim Holtz Reindeer Flight
Spellbinders - 2012 Snowflake Pendant, Create-a-flake 4, Venetian Motifs, Fancy Framed Tags Two
Distress Inks
Versamark ink pad
Stampendous embossing powder, clear detail
free dove image from the Graphics Fairy
recycled acetate packaging
seed beads & white sequin snowflakes
Papermania Persimmon ribbon
cardstock: blue 300gsm, white pearlised 200gsm, white 160 gsm & 300gsm
Hot Off The Press - vintage Christmas CD-Rom
Fine glitter glue

Entered for the following challenges:
Joanna Sheen - Cold and Frosty
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Stamp Without Ink


  1. Stunning work and a gorgeous colour...x

  2. Wow Maddie what a stunning piece of art - fabulous gorgeous colour too
    Linda xx

  3. A fantastic composition, your book looks wonderful.

  4. stunning piece of work welldone xx

  5. Absolutely gorgeous, wonderful design and layout. Love the embossed snowflakes, very striking set against the contrast of the blue snowflakes. Love the dove. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

  6. What a brilliant project! You must have put a lot of work into it.
    Heike xx

  7. Oh my goodness! Maddy, this is honestly one of the most beautiful cards I have ever seen. The design is wonderful, I love the embossed snowflakes and the dove is gorgeous. Such gorgeous shades of blue too.

    Sue xx

  8. Really stunning, I adore it! Happy Leapblogging! Elaine-xxx- p.s I have candy if you would like to enter :-)

  9. ok this is stunning. What a gorgeous card, every panel is so well presented it must have taken you ages.

  10. Wow a stunning piece of work, lovely colour blue.

  11. Absolutley stunning cards...happy blogging x

  12. Oh my this is beautiful! I love all the work you have put into the layers. Fabulous.

  13. Wow, this is gorgeous! Love your stamped and inked paper and the fabulous book design with that pretty 3D dove. I love the book window you created, got to try that soon. Thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

  14. This a very fantastic card/book. I will look at the tutorial later and I am going to have some girls here to scrap on Thursday and we will look at it and perhaps try if. If not this week we will do it when I have had my christmas market. I wish you a fine Sunday.

  15. Brilliant card book, think these look great. Do like the combination of dies and digital images. Like the colours too xx

  16. Absolutely gorgeous card! I truly love everything about it. The deep blue color of your background is a brilliant choice against the white snowflakes! And those snowflakes....embossed and die cut ones....exquisite! I love your dove that you've printed several times and fussy cut as well. Such a beautiful subject for the center of your shadowbox portion of your book card. I love it all! Thanks for sharing your beautiful art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  17. wow super little book card izzwizz ... love the colours ... sorry I have not visited you lately but have had a few problems with my dear mum and mother in law ... all seems back to normal now ... well guess I should touch wood when I say that lol ... have a great week ... happy crafting and love sandy xx

  18. Fabulous book card, lovely colours and great detail

    Lorna xx

  19. This is gorgeous, love the colours and design.

  20. A truly wonderful creation with so much wonderful detail. The blues are gorgeous...all the snowflakes are stunning. This will make a very special keepsake. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Sarah.

  21. This is just beautiful.. I can see why it's a favorite card. Who wouldn't love to receive this?

  22. This card is gorgeous! I love this beautiful blue! Can you tell me, which distress colours you used for it? Thanks.

    1. Hi Sylvia, I use a mixture of distress colours on most of my cards, blending them together, so don't always remember the exact combination, but I know this one had a lot of Chipped Sapphire. Thanks for taking the time to comment and I hope this helps a bit. Maddy x


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