Monday, 30 September 2013

House of Cards Fifth Week Bonus Challenge

Happy Monday All!

Today being Monday yet still September means that there is a bonus week challenge over at House of Cards.  Each day the design team will be showing there own take on the following Inspiration photo...

For this weeks challenge you need to create a card using this photo as inspiration.  You can choose any of the Standard Card styles we promote at House of Cards, Clean & Simple, Cute & Fun, Shabby & Chic and my specialisation Classic and Elegant.

The above card is my inspiration for this challenge, relatively simple looking but hopefully classic!

I started by embossing a piece of PMD linen card through the Tumbling Leaves A4 embossing folder by Darice, then cut the egg shaped aperture.  I rubbed Creative Expressions soft gold gilding wax over the embossing to mirror the gold stripes on the cloth in the inspiration picture.  Next I stamped and cut some simple Ivy leaves which I placed around the aperture.

Finally I gilded the cut out from the centre using Gold gilding flakes with a few silver ones thrown in for good measure.  I gently added a few flakes around the edge of the aperture as I felt this gave the impression of the leaves tumbling on the picture. The gilded panel was placed on the back of the inside card to show through.  A bow  and sentiment finish the piece.

It would be great to see a few of you take on this challenge, click here to see what the other design teams have come up with Today it is cute and fun inspiration!



  1. Hola John
    I know Im going to sound bonkers but your card reminds me of an Easter egg. . . . . Its early and I've had 6 hours sleep lol !
    Its gildtastic and very rich.
    Need more cafe con leche! Have a great day matey.
    Ang x

  2. Hi John,
    this is a very rich and elegant card. I love the gold in it. Great ivy leaves, and what a fabulous bow to finish it off.
    Have a wonderful crafty day.
    Crafty regards. Jenny L.

  3. Pretty classy and very richlooking. Xxxx

  4. Hi John. Elegant card today but I had exactly the same thought as Mrs Duck when I first looked at the card! It reminds me of an Easter Egg too, sorry. Love the ivy. Take care.

  5. Beautiful card John, lovely design withe embossing and gilding, love it, Kate X

  6. Classic and elegant, says it all John, best wishes Jackie

  7. Hi John,
    Oh dear, I'm sorry not keen on this one, although I do think that you have interpreted the brief very well.

  8. A beautiful card John ,with just enough gilding to make it look rich and classy along with your magnificent bow .

    Elaine H X

  9. Hi John. Yes my first thought was Easter egg too. I really must have a go at the gilding flakes they look so opulent. Love the ivy leaves and of course the beautiful bow.
    Enjoy this lovely sunny Monday.

    Love Val x

  10. love the gilding wax ,fantastic .Laura O

  11. Love the card John. It glows with gorgeous color. Have a great day.

  12. Such a gorgeous, luxurious and opulent card - a very special creation John! Love the gilding wax rubbed onto the embossing! Wonderful interpretation of the inspiration photo! Ruth x

  13. Awesome job! Stunning results.

  14. I LOVE all that gold! It's so elegant and I adore that amazing bow! HUGS and hope you have a great rest of the week! :) Mynn xx