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Holiday Blizzard Project – Shelly Newkirk’s Christmas Card Challenge

Christmas Card Challenge: Card 17
By: Shelly Newkirk, Artistic Guide

Finished Card Size: A2, 4.25" x 5.5"

Poinsettia (Stampendous)
Delicate Flourish (Inkadinkado)
Bold Flourish (BLINE)
Black pigment ink pad (Stampendous)
Jet Black Archival ink pad (Ranger)
Aged Mahogany Distress ink pad (Ranger)
Black Soot Distress ink pad (Ranger)
White cardstock card base (Georgia Pacific)
Other Supplies:
Gold fine-line embossing powder (Think Ink)
Twinkling H2O's (LuminArte)
Baby Powder
Heat Embossing Tool (Uchida)


  1. Lightly dust card front with baby powder. Stamp Poinsettia on right side of card with Black pigment ink.
  2. Apply Gold fine-line embossing powder and melt with heat gun.
  3. Paint Poinsettia. I used Twinkling H2O's.
  4. Randomly Stamp Delicate Flourish in Jet Black ink around Poinsettia.
  5. Stamp Bold Flourish with Aged Mahogany ink in same random manner.  Try doing two stampings from one inking to achieve some shadow images.
  6. Using a 1" x 2" piece of Cut ‘n Dry foam, or a sponge, swirl the Aged Mahogany from the outer edge inward.  Reapply to achieve a darker color on the very edges. On the very edge, sponge Black Soot ink for a "burned" appearance. You will note that the entire card has some color, even around the Poinsettia. I used an almost dry sponge to accomplish this look.

Note: To Swirl - apply a light circular application of inked Cut ‘n Dry foam that leaves a soft misty look with no definite line where the ink stops, the color just gradually runs out.  This adds depth to your work.

Stamping Tip:

This card started out as an experiment. I do not normally work directly on the card front. Instead, I prefer to cut a piece of cardstock the same size as the card front and work on this. Why?  A lot of the techniques used will leave your paper warped. This can be remedied by gluing your worked piece to the card base and placing under a heavy book overnight.  I love the flat crisp professional look that this little added step gives my cards.

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