25 Days of Christmas – Card #3

The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree:  the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.

Hello again!

Isn’t this fun! I have lots to share … and we are on the countdown to Christmas! I was trying out an idea that Donna showed us on a recent post. Mine is a much simpler version of her’s … but it is sort of the same technique. (Not nearly as stunning as Donna’s … but hey! My 1st attempt is ok!) 😉  So … here is my card … anyway … giggle

I have yet to try this technique properly … and definitely want to do one more like Donna’s. This card kind of just “happened” … when I decided to add a little embossing to the ornament. I have explained how I did this on my card recipe … and … I did have several attempts at this before I was happy with the result. You do NEED to use your Versamark pen straight to the rubber (on top of ink) in order to get the detail of the design. So … don’t try stamping with the ink … and adding the Versamark pen to the stamped image … NOPE! … the detail just won’t be as clear! (Trust me!!!) 😉 The excess embossing “dust” is a result of not being able to dust with the embossing buddy before embossing. (I did dust … but it had no effect because the EE ink was a “mask” over the top.) So … the embossing dust it is kind of a mistake … but I like to think of it as deliberate “highlights”! 😉

This Christmas Cocoa DSP has a gorgeous sheen to it. I love it! Now that the November promo is finished … this DSP is no longer available! Pity! 🙂 I have a few more Chrissy cards to show you using this DSP! So … keep watching for more of our 25 Days of Christmas! Lynda asked for a pic of the Chrissy tree. I did take one last night with all the sparkly lights on … but Gav has taken the camera with him today (to take to Sandy’s Yr 6 graduation) so I didn’t manage to download the pic before he left for work this morning! Sorry Lynda … won’t be able to show you that until Monday! Yes … Sandy is in high school next year … and we are off to his grad ceremony this morning. It is a very low key event. I wish they would do a little more to recognise this milestone … I know the kids previous school used to have a bush dance to celebrate! 😀 But … Sandy will get his little certificate … and we will have the opportunity to get a pic!  Sigh … why do they all have to grow up??? 😥 I guess I need to accept that I can’t stop this from happening! Anyway … I had better keep moving … we are leaving this afternoon for a weekend away (visiting friends in Wangaratta – 6 hr drive to get there!)  … so I need to get some packing done! (Don’t worry … I will schedule the posts for the next two days!) See you again soon. xxaxx


  1. Gabbi says:

    LOVE this … again … and especially the three tiny tags of Joy, Hope, and Peace – that is what Christmas is all about!
    Thanks for sharing & have a great weekend!
    Andrea adds: (Smiling broadly!) It is so nice to have instant feedback! You must have been checking almost the same time that I posted this morning! The tags do add a nice message … don’t they! I love those mini tags. (These words aren’t SU!, though!) They just fitted perfectly into the punch! 😀 Hope your weekend is lovely too! Hugs xxaxx 😀


  2. Donna says:

    brrrr. it’s cold here tonight winter is coming so the weatherman says….I am glad you are coming inot good weather! I just wanted to stop in and say this card looks beeeeeeautiful!!!!! I love what you have done! Have a great day…~hugs
    Andrea adds: Thanks for the (kinda) inspiration for this one, Donna! Not quite the same as yours … but I need to practice a little! 😉 We are still getting lots of rain … and it is quite dull and cool again today! Summer hopefully will arrive soon! Keep warm … and safe … drink lotsa hot chocolate! 😀 Hugs xxaxx


    1. Donna says:

      I meant that word to be INTO!!!!
      Andrea adds: I could have just corrected your original comment … but it is much more fun to add another! Hugs xxaxx


  3. Sonia G says:

    What a cute little technique. I’ve never tried to only emboss half a stamped image. I can see this card in lots of colours. It beautiful.

    Enjoy your weekend away!

    Andrea adds: Yes … it is an exciting technique … just need to master it! Donna makes it look so easy … but there is a knack to it! 😀 I do want to try this again! Our weekend was fab! Hugs xxaxx


  4. That is a gorgeous card and the embossing looks fantastic. I must start my Chrissy cards next days off.
    Have a great weekend,
    Love Fi x
    Andrea adds: Giggle … I still have to finish … but I think I would be panicking if I hadn’t started yet! 😀 😉 That will be a fun day … though! (Your next day off!) It is lovely just to sit and stamp all day! 😀 Hugs xxaxx


  5. lisa808 says:

    Love the look of the ornament. The little tags are a cute embellishment.
    Andrea adds: Gotta lurve those mini tags!!! 😀 Hugsxxaxx


  6. Lynda says:

    Another delightful stunner fmthe House of Lowcock. I did actually check this card at wk today, but there was too much to see and look at, so I am now tucked up at hm with a tad more time to ogle!! i love the small detail (the sponging on the tiny tags and the embossed centre of the ornament). The card is so v v PURDY!!
    Will cop the NO PIC of the tree on the chin and patiently wait til Monday, and I certainly certainly hope that Sandy had a BALL at his grad. It shd be made a big deal of cause the transition to high school is so major. Congrats fm me to him. have a brilliant w’end. Can’t wait to see more!! ooxx
    Andrea adds: I have so much to share today (Monday) … I might have to do 2 posts!!! Thanks for being such a loyal and interested blog friend … and taking the time to check out all those little details! It makes me feel like it is all worthwhile! 😉 Hugs xxaxx


  7. Lee-Anne says:

    Hey lovely. I’m such a naughty girl, it’s taken me all week to have a proper sit down and look at your lovely Christmas cards. I love this one and wish I could have got hold of this paper without buying the stamp set. It’s lovely. I love the tags, love the antique brad and the extra bit of embossing powder is perfect, it looks like “snow” to me.
    Hope the graduation went well, your last one off to highschool, I can just imagine how you’re feeling.
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend away, sounds like the perfect way to spend a few days.
    Love and hugs
    Andrea adds: Hi Lee-Anne! I’m glad you found some time to sit and blurf! It is such a lovely relaxing thing to do! Hope you are all recovered from all the happenings at your place last week! I must pop by your blog to see if there is a photo of YOUR graduate! And … the embossing … it does look a little like snow … doesn’t it! Hugs xxaxx


  8. Paula Dobson says:

    This is a great echnique Andrea, thanks so much for explaining how you achieved it. I like the embossing “dust” and it gives the ornament just that little bit more shine. Some of our mistakes are Good!!
    Andrea adds: Yes! Isn’t it fun to discover a new technique! And … yes … the “unexpected” is often a bonus! 😀 Hugs xxaxx


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