Sunday, 23 December 2012

We Three Kings...

This is one of the more "arty" cards I made this year. I love playing with unusual colour combinations for Christmas cards and thought this had a magical feel to it.

"We Three Kings..."

The snowflakes are stamped and heat-embossed in gold before inking the background by sponging with distress inks. I used lots of ink to get some depth to the colours. The three kings are overstamped in black archival. I thought the fringed ribbon made for some unusual desert foliage! The image panel is matted and layered onto antique gold and black card.


The sentiment is printed from a CD. The rectangle is cut using a guillotine and the oval background using a die. The layers are inked separately to match the background and some snowflakes stamped onto the oval using archival ink. Glitter glue adds some sparkle to the sentiment and a few gems are used for a finishing touch (they remind me of jewelled berries). The layers are separated with foam tape for dimension.


This charm was bought as a blank and the jewels are added by embedding in glossy accents. The charm is attached to a length of chain with a jump ring and passed through an eyelet set into the card, then a larger ring attached to the back to keep it in place. I sent this card to Lee (craftyloops) and I know that she loves to play with charms and beads, so I thought she could detach the charm and put it to good use in another project. Anyway, its position on the card is to represent the star.

And guess what? I managed to resist giving one of the camels a red nose :-)

Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz
Snowflake stamps
Distress Inks
Versamark clear ink pad
Stampendous Embossing Powder, Antique Gold
Archival Ink Pad, Jet Black
Eyelash Ribbon, red
glossy accents
red gems
jump rings, chain, eyelet

Entered for the following challenge:
Sweet Stampin' Christmas - Anything Goes
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges - add ribbon and/or lace
Simon Says Stamp - Merry Christmas
Ribbon Carousel - Holiday Spirit


  1. Such a fabulous card Maddy. The colours are wonderful and I love the layered sentiment and amazing detachable charm. I bet Lee was thrilled to receive such a special card.

    Hugs Sue

  2. What a lovely card! Love the oriental feel the colours give to the design. Thank you for playing at Christmas at Sweet Stampin'! Hugs, Tracey

  3. My goodness, what a beauty. Thanks so much for joining our first challenge at Christmas at Sweet Stampin. Merry Christmas and good luck. X

  4. Gorgeous card Maddy, such a lovely scene and fabulous colours.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp.
    Merry Christmas :)
    hugs Mandy xx

  5. Gosh what a beautiful embellishment! :) Super christmas card!

    Thanks so much for joining us at Christmas at Sweet Stampin this month,




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