Thursday, 24 November 2011

Penny Black Saturday Challenge Week 178 - Christmas/Trees and Green

This is my entry for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge this week where the theme is Christmas with the addition of Trees and Green. When I first read the challenge I thought that I'd have to miss it as I have no Penny Black tree images but I don't like to give in if there's a way around it. Eventually, whilst on another mission and browsing through the Craftwork Cards blog, I came across a card made by Enfys who is a member of their design team and took inspiration from her and created my own tree with one inch and half inch punched circles and a Quickutz fence die cut for the trunk. The circles were sponged with Encore metallic gold ink, glittered with Stampin' up Dazzling Diamonds glitter and decorated with peel offs. Little green holographic peel off dots were added between the circles. Die cut tree branches using a Marianne Creatables die were added to the top corner along with a bow made from Garden Green Stampin' up grosgrain ribbon. The tips of the branches were also sponged with gold ink and then a frosty sparkle was added to the very tips of the needles using a Sakura clear gelly roll glitter pen.

The main image is Penny Black's Slapstick Stamp Sweet Snowman and is coloured using Promarkers. He has been cut out and raised up on the card using foam pads. To add sparkle to the snowman's hat, scarf and parcel they have been outlined with a gold glitter pen and then glittered. The green parcels at his feet are peel offs which have been stuck on to green card, cut out and also attached to the card with foam pads.

For the backing papers I've used a green Happy Christmas paper from Kanban and various types of white, green and gold cardstock. The matt gold card was embosssed using the Cuttlebug swiss dots embossing folder and the white pearlescent card was torn and glittered along the torn edge to create a frosty edged snowdrift.

Thanks to the challenge I now have another Christmas card which would be appropriate for a male.
Looking forward to seeing what the next Christmas themed challenge will be.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges

Thanks for reading
Liz xx


  1. fabulous card liz and great idea using Enfys circle tree...thanks for joining in the christmas challenge fun at Penny Black Saturday...hugs kath xxx

  2. Wow great card Liz,love the tree!
    Thanks for joining Creatalicious this month!
    Hugs Heidy

  3. A gorgeous creation thank you so much for sharing it with us at the Winter Wonderland
    Hugs Kate xxx
    ps I have some candy if you are interested :)

  4. oops forgot to say and a great choice of Christmas greens, for the challenge at the Emerald Faerie Garden
    Hugs Kate xx

  5. Fabulous card! Lovely colours, cute image and a really great layout!

    Thanks so much for joining us at I ♥ Promarkers this week,



  6. Adorable and gorgeous too.
    Thanks for joining us this week at Penny Black Saturday challenge.

  7. What a beautiful card. Thank you joining us this week at Winter Wonderland love Linda

  8. Awesome card Liz! I love how you have made the Christmas tree!

    Thank you for joining us for the special Christmas Fun challenge at Pollycraft!


  9. Fantastic imaginative card.

  10. I love the colour combo you have chosen here, wonderful card, thank you for joining us at I♥Promarkers this week
    Ruth x

  11. A gorgeous card. I really like the tree idea.
    Thanks for joining EAC.

  12. My favorite color: GREEN! Love it! Thank you so much for joining us at MIM! Don't forget to leave a comment for another entry and mention you saw them on MIM! The more comments left, the greater your chance of winning this week's fabulous prize! Good luck!
    Rene :D

  13. Brilliant card, saw it on MIM, popped over for a closer look - love your cute snowman and your 'circle' tree is wonderful.

    Nicki, xx

  14. Awesome card. Love your snowman; he's so cute. Saw this on MIM and I just had to have a closer look.
    Cathy Lee

  15. A fantastic card. I love the tree. I saw this on MIM.
    Nikki x


  17. Saw this on MIM..Your snowman is beautiful..and loving your corner embellishment..

  18. Hi Liz! This is SOOOOOO cute. And I can see where that love of the green came from (gorgeous too!) You know what I love - the gold on the prezzies! Now that took talent to not have it dot on anything else. And that hat. OMGosh is it adorable! I love the colors of your entire card...The greens in various shades is fantastic. It is powerful. Funny how one color can be like that - but it is just stellar! Have a fantastic Season Liz! Spirited Greeting, Samara (Who delightfully saw you on MIM)

  19. Fabulous card. Saw it on Make It Monday. Julia.

  20. Oh this is super fun and sweet! I love the tree and the snowman is adorable. Sure glad I saw it at MIM.