Crafty Cardmakers challenge 240 – Pearls and/or Gems

Dr. Monika is hosting today’s challenge, Pearls and/orGems
As usual anything you care to enter is fine, a card, scrap layout, mixed media piece, some home decor, as long as it meets the theme. 

Somebody very unkind mentioned to me last week that it is apparently about 16 weeks until Christmas. I know, right?????? So this card was my first of the year. It had to be done…

I used a scalloped edge 7 x 5 cardbase from my stash. I’ve recently been trying to organise my craft room and found a whole drawer of things I had completely forgotten I had!

I put a base layer of green card onto the base card, and layered onto that a piece of lavender cardstock. For my topper, I die cut a piece of gold card using (I think) a spellbinder die from my stash, and cut a piece slightly smaller in white stamping card using the next die down in size.

In the centre of the white stamping card, I put an oval mask and then using my blending brushes, I coloured the background using distress inks. Removing the mask, I stamped the Christmas tree onto the centre of the card. This is an old stamp – unfortunately I have no idea whose it is…

To indicate Baubles on the tree, I used some self adhesive pearls and some gold gems. I stamped the star on top of the tree using gold metallic ink and also stamped the sentiment in the same green ink I used for the tree, on the bottom of the shape.

Lastly, I used some small gold peel offs I found in my reorganisation – and put them in the corners of the card.