March 20, 2024

Stay Crafty March 2024 Challenge Reminder - A Kind of Magic

Hello everyone.  I’m back today with a card for the Stay Crafty March challenge - A Kind of Magic hosted on the Hero Arts (HA) blog.

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Just a quick recap the magic we are referring to is heat embossing! Although I rarely use it much these days, I used to heat emboss on all my Christmas cards back when I first started out.  So as a nod to my early cardmaking days and my goal to create Christmas cards throughout this year, my reminder card is a Christmas card!

HA products used
▪️Winter Foliage stamp & cut XL
▪️Ornaments Infinit dies
▪️Unicorn White pigment ink 

Normally green is not my go-to-colour for Christmas cards, but on the heels of St. Patrick’s Day and thanks to some challenges, it seemed fitting.  The lightest colour paper from Memory Box Greenery paper pack was used to die cut the circles, ornament, loop attachments and pine needles.  The circles and ornament were ink blended with Mowed Lawn and Rustic Wilderness distress inks (DI) and then their edges inked with Unicorn white pigment ink.  

Gold heat embossing was done next. Trimmed the darkest colour paper from the Greenery paper pack to A2 size and heat embossed the sentiment on it.  Took a Versanarker and dabbed randomly on the panel then heat embossed them for faux gold splatters.  Also used the Versamarker and a ruler to draw and heat emboss the strings.  For interest and added detail, heat embossed the firework burst onto the ornament.  And lastly, heat embossed the loop attachments.  Before assembling the card onto a white card base to finish, ink blended Rustic Wilderness DI around the background panel edges for a spotlight effect. 

Challenge closes at 5:00 pm on March 31, 2024.   HA is generously giving away two $50 gift cards to their online store.  One winner will be randomly selected and the other will bevoted on by the design team.  Ensure to use at least one HA brand product to qualify.  Full details, more inspirations and the link up tool can be found HERE.  Hope to see you in the gallery.  Thank you for stopping by. 

ABC Christmas - E is for Embossing, F is for Faux (heat embossing, faux splatters)   
Peace on Earth - #60 AG Christmas (was inspired by the bottom right mood board image from last challenge #59)   


Lisa Elton said...

Wow, Trina, this is incredible! Your ornaments look so real. Pretty card!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Stunning ornaments, Trina - how clever to use the fireworks that way!!

Maria said...

Such beautiful colored bulbs in green, Trina! And how creative to use a firework burst for the second bulb, so pretty!

Christine Alexander said...

Beautiful Trina, I'm loving the green theme with the ornaments and the foliage xx

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Wow!! Such amazing use of the gold heat embossing, it looks just striking on green and your card has fabulous details! The DI blending on the baubles looks spectacular, such incredible dimension they have!!! I have to learn this :)

Dotty Jo said...

How gloriously green is this! What a stunning card, Trina. Thanks so much for joining Meghan and me at Christmas Kickstart, Jo x

Helen said...

Wow, Trina, this card is stunning. Whoever gets this card will surely treasure it. tfs

Cindy H. said...

WOW!! What awesome coloring on this AMAZING Christmas card! My jaw dropped as soon as I saw it. Those Christmas ornaments look so real. Love it!!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Oh and thanks for sharing at Die Cut Divas, Trina - this one really popped in the gallery!!

Arlene said...

WOW, gorgeous Christmas card. Stunning! So glad you joined Die Cut Divas challenge of Anything Goes.

Catie Cuddles said...

Wow! The blending on those ornaments is amazing! Well done!
Thank you for joining us at Addicted to Stamps and More challenge.
Happy crafting!
Catherine x DT

Julia Aston said...

My goodness Trina - what gorgeous inking on your ornaments - the tree lights are reflected right off them - SO pretty in just green and gold! Beautiful work. Julia xx

BożenA said...

Amazing Christmas card, Trina! Your decorations look so realistic, I feel like they really have dimensions! Stunning card and such extraordinary workmanship!
BożenA xx

Arlene said...

I saw you joined Christmas Kickstart Challenge and I had to let you know that this is still a gorgeous card.

Vickie Y said...

Beautifully designed! Thank you for sharing with us at The Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge.

JoAnn said...

Beautiful green card. Love your ink blending on the pretty green ornaments and the gold embossing. Great way to add the faux gold ink splatters.

Diane said...

Gorgeous holiday card!
Thank you for joining our challenge at Peace On Earth, The Sisterhood and Colorful Options!
Diane POE Co-Owner and TSH, CO DT
{Nellies Nest}
{Peace On Earth} said...

STUNNING !!! You've done it again with your amazing colouring !!! This really jumped out at me from our gallery at Colorful Options you certainly rocked our green challenge. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing card with us.


Susan said...

Wonderful vibrant green, Trina. Love the ornaments and the great shading on them. Thank you so much for joining us at Peace on Earth!

Toni said...


Inkyfingers said...

Oh my, Trina this is just stunning. The ink-blended baubles are so beautiful.
Thanks for sharing with us at ABC Christmas Challenges.
Carol x