Tuesday, July 5, 2016

A Christmas Wish

Time for another challenge over at

Challenge 67
Christmas In July

Welcome back to the IKEsWORLD challenges :)  do pop on over to IKEsWORLD to join in the challenge, it is always so much fun and  Ike produces the most amazing stamps, everything from off the wall to cute and fluffy :) :) :)

Christmas in July, bad enough having it in December never mind twice a year hahahaha.  Oh boy, this card went wrong from step one right the way through - well apart from the printing and colouring of the image that is.  First issue, my beloved Spellbinder cutter died for the third and final time, it is now beyond repair and I have no access to buying a new cutter here in Saudi until I get to the UK (I could but shipment is a fortune and takes ages so is a no go).  That meant all my lovely dies are redundant and I love using my dies :).  Next, I thought I would have a go at this gelli printing as I rather like getting mucky but no gelli plate, again not available here.  I tried to make my own with my redundant Spellbinders embossing mat and a couple of pieces of funky foam - it half worked and I did have lots of fun making some papers but not ideal so that has to be added to the shopping list for the UK :)  This is one of the backgrounds I made using my make shift printing plate and acrylic paints.  Such yummy texture but that led to the next problem, my head did not compute that the texture would mean the rubber stamped tree would not work grrrrr.  Now fun paper and an odd black bitty outline of something that certainly did not resemble a tree.  What to do, Ah!!! fill in the tree with silver ink and a stipple brush - No - that left some sort of strange metal grey smudge, more grrrrrrrrrrrrrrsss.  Time for some major corrections :)  I re-stamped the tree (thankfully I had made two pieces of paper with the same colours but only one using the sequin cut out stuff I had for texture), so I used the un-textured sheet and stamped the tree again, cut this out and mounted on black paper.  I finished off the tree with gold pen over some of the black, gold Stickles and a silver brad for the star.  The sentiment got the same treatment.  Now I am going to say this card was deliberately organic lol, one with a really hand made fee hahahaha as cutting circles by hand with no outline was pretty hard hahaha.

To finish off the card I added some gold braid which I frayed at either end and glitter to the fur trim on Santa.  The tree and sentiment were attached with regular double sided tape and the coloured image with foam tape.  There we have it with admission of all the errors but I do have to say this turned out better than I thought it would and the texture when you touch it is awesome :) :)

  • image - A Christmas Wish by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - Promarkers, Polychromos Pencils
  • from my stash - home made Gelli plate, acrylic paints, Stickles, foam tape, glitter, ribbon, star brad
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-


  1. That's really coooool MiMi - such great textures :-)
    My gosh - you had to go through a lot to get this done. Really sorry about your cutting machine !!! That's one thing I hate about living abroad... I can't get things here either and the post is either too expensive or it doesn't arrive !! :-(
    Thank you very much for making this for me at IWC.

    IKE xxx

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  2. I'm glad you were happy with the way your card came out. It is nice and has lovely texture. Santa and the little girl are so cute. I'm sorry your Cuttlebug gave out. I hope you get to go to the UK soon. Thank you for joining us at Come And Get It challenge. Bunny DT

  3. Stunning mixed media card. Your design is lovely. Thank you for joining us at Come and Get IT this month. Judy DT

  4. This is absolutely fabulous, great colors, texture and design. Thanks for sharing with us at Come and Get It, hope to see you again. Barb

  5. This card has had quite a journey but you have stuck with it and made it go right in the end, you have done an amazing job. I love the braid embellishment and the lovely Santa image with all of his glitter - and I wish I could feel the textured background.

    Thank you for sharing your Christmas design with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  6. If you hadn't documented all your trials and tribulations I would never have guessed as your card turned out so well! Love the colours and textures. Thanks for joining in at Crafty Boots Challenges this time.

  7. Thanks so much for joining in the fun with the Fab 'n' Funky Christmas challenge. I'm so glad you did. Come and join us again soon for our fun crafty challenges. Hugs, Wends xoxo Fab 'n' Funky DT

  8. So many wonderful details in this card. Puts me right in to mood. Thank you for joining us for this week's QKR Stampede Challenge.

  9. Great Christmas card and such fun color. Thanks for joining us this week at QKR Stampede. Karal DT

  10. What a great Christmas card. Thanks for joining us at Robyn's Fetish.

  11. Lovely card. Thank you for joining the challenge at The Glory of Christmas and at Whoopsi DAisy. Hope to see you again next time.


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