Saturday 24 November 2012

Peacock Christmas

The justrite inspiration challenge this week is "Proud as a Peacock" and they want us to use peacock colours. Boy did I enjoy this :-). You might not realise at first glance, but every stamp on the project is by Justrite.

"Peacock Christmas"

This card has a standard book card construction. If you've never made one before, you might like to check out my tutorial. This one was made square for a change.

"Left hand inside panel"

It's a little hard to see the sentiment panel with all the reflection from the pearlised card, but the background shows up well in this photo. I took all the little snowflake stamps from the "Large Fancy Holiday Sentiments" clear stamp set and arranged them on a small acrylic block, then used it to stamp clear versamark all over a sheet of A4 white card and heat-embossed in clear. These little stamps are really detailed and stamp well, making a fab resist background. Then I sponged with Seedless Preserves, Peacock Feathers and Faded Jeans distress inks to get the Peacock coloured background. You get some fabulous purples when the colours blend together. Finally, the card is overstamped with the snowflakes using the same distress inks to add depth. A couple of snowflakes are diecut from white,pearlised card and added to the background.

"Sentiment Panel"

The next step is to stamp the panels from the "Thank You Labels Twenty" set onto white pearlised card and again heat-emboss in clear. Diecut and use the same distress inks to colour the panels while they are still in the dies, leaving a crisp white frame. Stamp the "Let it Snow" sentiment onto scrap white, pearlised card and heat-emboss in clear. Diecut using a frame and insert from a Fancy Tag die. Again, leave the pieces in the die to sponge the inks on. These pieces are layered with foam tape for extra dimension, and positioned in the centre of the panel so they fit into the aperture of the opposite panel, enabling the card to close properly.

"Snowflake aperture"

I really enjoyed making the centrepiece for this card. The 3-d snowflake is layered up from pearlised card, with the lowermost one having the centre inked whilst in the die and the layers separated with Pinflair dimensional glue. Extra snowflakes are added around the edges by slipping into the "book pages" and sticking with a little glossy accents. I've had the big teal gem in my stash for a while, and this was the perfect use for it, together with some smaller ones sprinkled about and in the background of the left hand side to tie the two panels together.

"Front cover"

The same stamps were used to make the background and sentiment panels for the front cover, this time embossing in silver on a black background to leave no hint of the inside colour, which hopefully will give the recipient a big "wow" factor when they open the card.

"Book Card"

Justrite stamp sets: Large Fancy Holiday Sentiments, Thank you Labels Twenty
Spellbinders Die Sets: Labels 20, Create-a-Flake Four, Snowflake Pendant 2012, Fancy Framed Tags One, Fancy Framed Tags Two
Distress Inks: Peacock Feathers, Seedless Preserves, Faded Jeans
Versamark ink pad
Stampendous embossing pwder: clear detail, silver
teal ribbon
cardstock: black 300gsm, white 200gsm, pearlised white 300gsm
adhesives: PVA, Pinflair dimensional, Glossy Accents
coloured gems

Entered for the following challenge:
Justrite Inspiration Friday Challenge - #086 Proud as a Peacock


  1. These look brilliant, love the colours and detail xx

  2. Fantastic work such gorgeous colours on the Peacock one and the second one look so elegant. I am definitely going to check out your tutorial so thank you so much for posting it.

  3. MY goodness Maddy. This certainly does have the WOW factor, it stunning.
    I LOVE the colours and all of those wonderfully detailed snowflakes. Whoever receives this card will want to leave it on display all year round.

    All the best

  4. beautiful work maddy.
    i love the 1st one.
    sue xx

  5. beautiful creations lovely colours x

  6. Maddy I have to say you make these beautifully!

  7. wow you have been busy maddy ... love your projects well done ... just doing a bit of blog hopping thank you so much for visiting me ... have a great weekend ... happy crafting and love sandy xx

  8. These are both really beautiful Maddy, there's always something about the fusion of peacock colours that is always pleasing on the eye.

    Hope you have a good weekend and avoid this dreadful weather.

    B x

  9. Absolutely gorgeous creation, love the combination of white snowflakes and peacock colours. The silver and black covers are a brilliant touch.
    Anne x

  10. Gorgeous project - love the colours - stunning
    Linda xx

  11. Wow, I just love this, its stunning! Have a lovely week! Elaine-xxx-

  12. Wow this is stunning love it especially the colours. Alison xxx

  13. Gorgeous project beautiful colours love the images and die-cuts
    carol x

  14. Stunning use of Bling!!! A very special card.

  15. What a wonderful card, I love it, thank you for sharing.

  16. Wonderful. I love book cards, and yours is fantastic.

  17. VERY COOL! I love your inking technique....need to try that sometime! Thanks for joining us at JustRite Inspiration ;-)

  18. This is beautiful and I can't wait to check out the tutorial. I've got friends coming for a paper crafting day and I wanted to find something new for us to try and THIS IS IT ! Thanks so much for sharing your amazing book cards !

  19. Fabulous book card and a lot of work creating it!!!

  20. OMG!!!!! I'm totally in love with your gorgeous creation. It's what I like to call a gasper - I gasped when I saw it! It's utterly beautiful and so inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talent.

    Rachel x


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