Friday, 30 November 2012

The Maji

Hello again from a very chilly but sunny Dublin. Thank-you for stopping by and welcome to yet another Christmas Card post.

CS is Bazzill. Papers are by Maja Design (having inked/distressed them with various DIs). I stamped and embossed Wisemen Postcard (Stampington and Company C8432)) with black archival ink and black detail EP. Then blended several DIs and Glimmer Mist (Walnut Gold) to create a warm background for the Maji. I coated with Glossy Accents for definition. Next I matted image onto several layers of CS and papers (having distressed and gilded each rectangle's edge). Also used a Martha Stewart edge punch along the base rectangle. With same punch I edged a strip of paper and matted it on CS. Again aged and gilded the edges. Using a holly stamp from Inkadinkado (98398 Christmas Silhouettes) I stamped holly leaves and inked with DI, shimmer mist and applied gilding wax to their edges. Punched the angel wings and bird shapes using Fiskars Squeeze punches and coated with Distress Stain. 'Aged' a Tim Holtz gamespinner and attached to postcard. Added a Brenda Walton metal brad for 'stamp'. Completed with ribbons, bow tied with my boweasy and date (Maja Road). Added crackle accents to embellishments for final vintage effect.

Thank-you so much for visiting and a special thank-you to those who leave comments as they are very much appreciated.

Enjoy your weekend.
Nicola x

Many thanks to the Hosts and Design Teams at the following challenges that I wish to enter;
Sugar Creek Hollow - Vintage Christmas
Sunday Stamper (Ink on my Fingers) - Vintage
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes (with Martha Stewart)
Crafty Ribbons - Use at least 2 ribbons
Use Your Stuff - Patterned Paper
Tuesday Throwdown - Lots of Layers
Fussy and Fancy - I Love Christmas
Addicted to Stamps - Christmastime
Glitter n Sparkle - Ribbon and / or Lace
Hooked on Craft - Christmas
Crafting Ireland - 12 Days of Christmas


  1. Wow this is stunning! Ger x

  2. Gorgeous card, love the colours you picked... thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

  3. This is just gorgeous, love all the layers and the game spinner. Have a great weekend. Elizabeth xx

  4. Such a wonderful Christmas card, love the image and the coloring.

  5. Wonderful use of the spinner embellishment and I love the tones you have used and that bow, oh really does it get more special than this, I think not.

  6. This card is STUNNING. I was entering a project into a challenge and noticed your thumbnail and had to open it to see the beautiful card in greater detail. There is so much to look at and enjoy. Love the angel wing and dove punches, the colors of this card (especially that fabulous background) are OUTSTANDING, and your attention to detail is amazing. I'm saving this to my faves folder "card ideas" for inspiration. Truly an amazing card.

  7. OK, this is my second comment. I've just skimmed through your previous three posts and am so impressed with your creativity. Your cards are positively GORGEOUS! Count me as your newest follower!

  8. Fabulous card dearest friend^_^ Lovely image and beautiful colors^_^
    Big hug and happy weekend^_^

  9. Beautiful card! LOVE all your details, bits and bobs and ribbons! Wonderful! I too had a look see around your blog, and I LOVE your creative mind! :)

    Thank you for your kind comments and following!
    Wishes from Scraps From A Broad


  10. I really like this image of the three wise men! I love the colors you've used, and the card is beautifully decorated with punched borders and ribbons!

  11. wow Nicola your card is fab with great colourings and love the compass spindle at the top, great touch. Annette x

  12. Love this colour scheme Nicola! Very Middle Eastern and warm (which is just what we need!!) Hugs, Buttons x

  13. This is a lovely card Nicola. I love the image but particularly love your design, detail and ribbon. Stunning.
    Thank you for your support which is so appreciated.
    Sending hugs to you from,

  14. Such rich, glowing colours, and the Magi look amazing against that text-y background. Gorgeous card! And with my "official hat" on, thank you so much for playing with us at Fussy and Fancy!
    Alison x

  15. Wooow, your card is absolutely gorgeous! I love the colours and the image is really lovely. Beautiful Xmas make! Hugs xxxxx

  16. A beautiful card, love the colour scheme trace x

  17. A really gorgeous card Nicola. The postcard looks lovely and the design and embellishments on your creation are so beautiful.
    Many thanks for your kind comments and I've just joined your band of fans too.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Fliss xx

  18. ooooh so beautiful. it is absolutely stunning . Thanks for sharing at glitternsparkle hugs trisha x

  19. Gorgeous traditional card. Thanks for playing at CR.

  20. Gorgeous card, love the colours and details. Thank you for joining us at SCH this week.

  21. Hi Nicola good to see I'm not the only late night crafter! Thats a beautiful card, so many lovely elements and techniques, gorgeous work x

  22. I love your beautiful Christmas card and the unique color palette. That wisemen image is so pretty and your added details, scrumptious. One of my very faves.
    So glad you could share this week at Sugar Creek Hollow.

    Patti SCH/DT

  23. Beautiful card Nicola, I love the warm colours you've used and your embellies are gorgeous.
    Keep warm hunny, it's flipping cold here
    hugs Mandy xx

  24. Arrrggghhhh guess who didn't think to look at your list of challenges while I was here lol.
    P.S Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Addicted To Stamps :)

  25. PINNING!!! The perfect scene! Love the spinner on the star...a real wow here!

  26. Such a stunning card, wonderful colours and details......your image is beautiful!!

    Heather xx
    Thanks so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp challenge.

  27. wow this is so stunning nicola.i love the traditional image and your vintage colours and design are gorgeous :D

    xx coops xx

  28. This is stunning Nicola, I like everything about it!!!
    Kevin xx

  29. A wonderful card, very creative and beautiful... I really love it !!! Coco x

  30. So gorgeous and elegant, I absolutely love the colours and the layout
    Lindsay xx

  31. Your work is stunning. I am grilled to follow you blog. Thanks for deciding to follow mine, too. So very kind of you! Best, Yvonne

  32. Beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Ribbons.
    hugs Anke

  33. Beautiful card, thanks for playing along in our 12 Days of Christmas Inspirations. Timi

  34. Wow, this is gorgeous. I love the vintage look! Thanks for playing with us at Crafty ribbons! Hugs! xx

  35. Oohhh your card is realy beautiful!!!!
    Thank you for joining us at ATSC!!!

    gr. arjette.


Thank-you! Your visit and comment is very much appreciated. Nicola x