Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Holly Berry Bunches

Can you believe Thanksgiving is only a week away?  Wasn't it just Halloween?  In preparation for Christmas, which I know will also sneak up on me, I made this Christmas card and tag set.  The colors came from The Paper Players Color Challenge of Riding Hood Red, Always Artichoke, and River Rock.  Hand Stamped Sentiments has a challenge this week to use the Bargello technique.  This great technique is so easy to do and beautiful! 
The card and tag were both stamped using Stampin' UP!'s Bells & Boughs stamp set then colored using Stampin Write Markers and an Aqua Painter.  Unfortunately I do not have River Rock Cardstock yet, so I used the River Rock Marker to add that color to my project. 

For the card background I used the Poinsettia stamp to create depth to the background then ran it through the Big Shot using the Polka Dots Embossing Folder.
For the Bargello Technique, I used 1/4" and 1/2" strips of Letters to Santa Designer Series Paper and taped them to 1" Circles of cardstock and a 2 3/8" Scallop Circle piece of cardstock.  Then I re-punched over the images to cut the strips of Designer Series Paper to the right size.  The main image is the large part of the Holly image, cut out with the Paper Snips. I ran the Scallop Circle through the Big Shot using the Houndstooth Embossing Folder.
I punched the sentiment with the Oval Scallop punch then layered the Decorative Label Punch behind it and then 1" circles using the Bargello Technique and ran them through the Big Shot using the Houndstooth Embossing Folder.  I then added a cut out portion of the Holly image, colored around the swirls with a River Rock Marker and Sponged on Riding Hood Red Ink.
To add a little fun to the Crochet Ribbon Bow, I cut out part of the stamped image and adhered it to the middle of the bow.

Finally, I added Dazzling Details to the berries.

I really wanted to have a matching Christmas tag for this card so I made something simple, but elegant.
 Don't forget to check out the challenge websites to see more wonderful projects!

Hope you have a wonderful day!

As always, all products used were Stampin' UP:
Bells & Boughs and Fabulous Phrases Stamp Sets
Riding Hood Red, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla Cardstock
Basic Black and Always Artichoke Classic Stampin' Pads
Riding Hood Red, Always Artichoke, River Rock Markers
2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch
Big Shot, Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Houndstooth Embossing Folder
Dazzling Details Glitter, Victoria Crochet Ribbon


  1. Wasn't that Bargello technique fun?! Lovely Christmas card, I've still got to snag some of that beautiful crocheted ribbon, the matching tag is simply smashing too! and I totally just noticed how your blog background matches! Thanks for playing along this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments!

  2. Wow great idea to use just one paper. Love the circle and how it turned out. The background on the tag was very clever. Like how it goes in 2 different directions. Thanks for taking the time to play with us this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments.

  3. What a lovely card & tag---I haven't tried that bargello yet, but this is making me want to! Thanks for playing with my Paper Player Color Challenge this week!

  4. What a cool way to do the Bargello technique. Mixing and matching the same pattern gives it the illusion of almost like a hologram. I started reaching out to touch was popping off the screen. So cool!! Thank you for joining us at Hand Stamped Sentiments.

  5. too cute... you make it look so simple

  6. I really like how the background looks stamped before embossing and the River Rock outline adds such dimension! Thank you for joining us at The Paper Players!

  7. Beautiful card and tag set! There are so many details and techniques...and each one adds so much! Thanks for playing with The Paper Players this week!

  8. Krystal this is full of beautiful detail, in so many ways! Love the shading on the sentiment and the glitz and glimmer of the holly berries. Thanks so much for joining us this week at the paper Players! :)

  9. How elegant! Thanks for joining us at the Paper Players.

  10. Very interesting take on the bargello, it's a fun but subtle pattern you have created! Very nice! Thanks for playing at Hand Stamped Sentiments!


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