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Cards and other handicrafts made by Jean Straw

Thursday, 25 February 2016

February Rudolph Day

Hi there, I'm back with my first Christmas card this year, made for the Rudolph Day challenge at Scraps of Life by Scappymo. I missed last month for various reasons and so I made sure I was ready this time.
This is a one layer card for easy posting, and the stamps used are Chocolate Baroque, apart from the greeting which is a magazine freebie. All the stamping is done with Memento Expresso Truffle ink, and coloured with coloursoft pencils, blended with Sansodor and a paper stump.I added a few touches of gold with a gel pen. When I had finished colouring I cut an oval aperture from some spare card and used it as a stencil to add a glow around the lantern, using Squeezed Lemonade and Antique Linen Distress inks and a duster brush. I brushed over the lighted area with clear Wink of Stellar and used a snippet of gold peel off for the hanging chain. I also added a touch of snow effect along the branch and cones with some sparkly white embossing powder.
So now I am off to link this up at The Rudolph Day Challenge. This is a lovely friendly Challenge to take part in so if you feel like making a start on Christmas cards it runs from today 25th until the end of the month.

Thank you for visiting here today and for your comments, I appreciate them all.



  1. Hi Jean,
    what a brilliant Rudolf card.
    I love the stamped image, and your wonderful work on this.
    That Memento Ink sounds like you could drink it.
    Not herd of that one I must investigate.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  2. Wonderful card. Love the stamped image and your coloring. Great job!
    Thank you for joining us at Rudolph Days Challnege. Good Luck.
    Valerija - DT member.

  3. What I love most about this card is that soft glow you achieved around the lantern with color! It radiates warmth in such a beautiful way!

  4. A really lovely card, Jean. Really clever way to add the glow - beautiful.

    Visiting your blog today with my DT members hat on. Thanks for entering the Rudolph Days Challenge this month - Good Luck!

  5. This is so pretty Jean and I love the way you have hung the lantern from the pine cone branch and added that lovely yellow glow. x

  6. Oh Jean, this is so pretty and from your beautifully written post, I can tell that it must be even more stunning in real life with the special touch of gold and the brush effect with distress ink. I like the metallic chain and the dreamy look of it all.

  7. Therre is so much depth to this card and hard to realise it is all one layer. I love the halo of light around the lantern. Hugs Mrs A. Good to see your followers are back.

  8. OH Jean...this is such a pretty card. I have noted your idea of the oval apperture to create the glow of the that idea.

    I only learned of peeloffs since I joined the Langely stampers club last year. I now own the various wee phrases which come in so handy for teensy areas...but had never thought of what to use the strips etc for so bypassed those.
    I love the idea to use them for dangling items. Will be popping back to the craft store for them now!

    Thanks for taking part in the February Rudolph Days Challenge. Good luck in the prize draw.

  9. Lovely Jean. Lots of detail. I like the fir cone branch with its snowy trimming. We both dusted a bit of 'glow' this month. Ha! Kate x

  10. Such a beautiful image you've used on this card, I love the glow from the candlelight.

    Sue xx

  11. A stunning card Jean, its a lovely focal image.
    Yvonne xx

  12. charming composition, so delicately coloured, positively glowing xxx

  13. Fabulous card, great CAS effect and a lovely image.

    Kath x

  14. This is a very classy Christmas card such gorgeous stamps and I love that lantern glow idea so clever it works so well Love and hugs Carole x

  15. What a pretty card Jean. Beautiful colouring and I really like the glow around the lamp. Barbxx

  16. Such a pretty traditional card.

  17. Wonderful! So happy you joined our Rudolph Day challenge. Good luck in the prize draw.

    Hugs from Finland,
    Eemeli {DT}

  18. This is just gorgeous--love your coloring & the lightly inked oval is perfect! You could also enter at OLCCC

  19. This is such a lovely card Jean, with perfect balance. I love the way that you've inked the oval frame around the lantern as is gives such a wonderful, warm glow. The stamps and colours that you've used just all work together perfectly, great job:) X

  20. A very elegant and beautiful card, Jean! I love it! Like Sandma says, the oval makes a perfect glow. Gorgeous stamping x