Friday, 9 October 2015

Holly Framed?!?...

Happy Friday,

It's back to Christmas Friday and I will try to keep to this for the remainder of the year , Shows depending lol!  I thought you might like to see something different done with the striplet and the watercolour palettes today a real mix of die cutting and painting!

I stared by cutting a 17.5cm x 17.5cm square of coconut white foundation card.  Next I placed the inside of the holly mini striplet up to one edge and passed this through the GC.  I then rotated the die so that it was against the next side but adjacent to the aperture I had just cut.  I continued this until I
had a frame running all around the square card to make a detailed frame.

I then spray glued this frame down to an identical sized square of coconut white card making sure it was stuck down in all areas.  I then painted, using the Mica watercolour set from Cosmic Shimmer ( set 7 Christmas of course) all the leaves of the holly in the gaps.  I added red berry twinkles as the berries and set it  dry, when dry, as you can hopefully see form the pictures, you get a beautiful shine as well as the deep pigment colour.

I then cut various sprays of filigree holly using the set of the same name and again used red berry twinkles as the berries.  I stamped the Ivy Wreath from my Holly wreath elements clear stamp set and coloured it using distress markers in 2 shades of green ( can't remember which ones sorry) and stamped the joy in the centre.  I then cut this out using one of the smaller squares in the new Double Pierced squares dies by Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions.  I added a thin mat of Brunswick green foundation card and the holly sprigs, along with some green bakers twine, over each corner.

A different Christmas card that would also make a nice scrapbook page with a picture in the middle.

Creative Expressions Craft dies by Sue Wilson
Holly mini striplet 
Double Pierced squares
Filigree Holly
Cosmic Shimmer Mica watercolour palette Christmas
Red berry twinkles
Creative Expressions clear stamps by me Holly wreath elements
Distress markers


Dont forget I will be on Hochanda tomorrow night at 8pm for the launch of the One Day Special!


  1. Wow, really nice card today !

  2. Morning John, wow is right a fabulous card.
    Nancyd xx

  3. Bright and cheerful card John.... refreshing
    Luv Rach :)

  4. Hi John.
    Great cards thank you. Have fun and take care, Kitty.

  5. Hi John
    another two stunning christmas cards thanks tracyw

  6. Morning John, your a genius, love the way you have made this one, gorgeous

    Stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx

  7. Hi John, this card is lovely, the frame is just perfect, and the way you painted into the design. Have a great day. Good luck with the shows. Bx

  8. Very pretty card which I could try as I have all these bits. The holly border is especially lovely.
    Jan northampton

  9. Hi John this is a stunning Christmas card. I love how you have used the striplet die. Have a great day today. Hugs Jackie

  10. Hi John. I absolutely love this card.I like all your makes but sometimes something comes along which is extra special, but I can't tell you why I like this so much, I just do. SueL x

  11. Great card-love the way all the different holly images stand out. Perfect as a "non fussy " card.


  12. stunning card, love it John .
    Thanks for all the detailed instructions, look forward to your shows,

  13. Morning John,
    A great card today, unfortunately I don't have the holly striplet I have the poinsettias one.
    I am wondering if my sister had this if so I might borrow it from her for a little while. Or even get her to cut some out for me. While I cut out the tree dies for her lol.
    We often share our dies and stamps,
    I will tape your show tomorrow, and watch on the iPad.
    Have a great day

  14. Wow John, stunning card, I love the way you've used the striplet as a frame, and the colours focus the eye on it. Love it!
    B xx

  15. Beautiful card John. I think your predictive text has gone a bit mad today though - it's a bit like reading a foreign language. ;)

  16. Eh up John
    A fabulous hollyfest. Beautiful design and painting.
    Thank you for your comment. Glad you enjoyed Peppa lol!
    Have a great day.
    Ang x

  17. Morning John, A lovely card, I'm loving how you have done the 'holly frame', and I agree this would make a beautiful scrapbook page.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  18. Gorgeous card John! The holly frame is a wonderful idea and the mica paint looks fabulous. Debra x

  19. Lovely card again John, love how you used the striplet die .
    Elaine H X

  20. Good morning John, lovely card but I don't understand : (
    Have a good one!!!
    Loopy Lynda xxx

  21. Hi John,
    Beautiful card, I love the way that you have made the frame. I love the watercolour paints although I only have the autumn set at the moment.
    Thanks for all the great inspiration,
    Heather Treble

  22. A lot of work but definitely worth it. I think I would've inclined to make it keep for myself, it is too nice to give away!!!!!


  23. Beautiful will set the recorder for your show. I just love the holly shapes

    Crafty hugs Pen x

  24. What a great way to use the striplet die. John. This looks great.

    Anne (Northampton)

  25. Lovely card John, hadn't thought of using the striplet that way before (but will do so now).
    Looking forward to seeing you on the "silver screen" tomorrow.
    Best wishes, Rose

  26. Hi John
    another beautiful card
    love your demonstrations and technics.
    look forward to seeing you on hochanda
    Gina x

  27. Morning John,
    Lovely card. Hope to be watching on Sunday.

  28. Absolutely stunning!!!!
    Dies and stamps work so beautifully together, love it!
    Lorna D

  29. That card is just so gorgeous John, your work is just beautiful x

  30. Lovely cheerful Christmas card John! I think I might have saved the painting stage , and just stuck green card behind the striplet cut layer!

  31. Hi John. What a beautiful Christmas card, love it all. Have a good weekend. Take care xx

  32. Hi John, lovely Christmas card very nice and crisp.
    Have a nice weekend.Take care Jane B.

  33. Hi John
    This card is gorgeous I love it. Will set the recorder to see your show.

  34. Morning John, what a lovely card!! Love how you have used the mini striplet, and the Holly Wreath stamp in the middle just finishes the card off.

  35. What a creative use for the striplet. Love the card. So bright and cheery too.

  36. Hi John,
    Lovely card. Love it!!!
    Anne M xx

  37. Hi John, another stunning card! Love it! The striplet die is just stunning. Beeautiful! x "Thank you John" xx Love Karen xx

  38. Hi John, wow this is stunning and I love the way you have used the striplet die.
    This has got to be one of my favourites.
    Now just got to get the striplet die as I don't know why but I overlooked it.
    Shame on me.

  39. Oh what a pretty card - you get better and better - love it.
    Sue Mac

  40. Hi John, I love this card, beautiful design and colours, Kate x

  41. Stunning! I don't know what else to say

  42. Super card John...luv Ursula x

  43. Super card John...luv Ursula x

  44. Lovely card today John, I really need to try water colouring! Linda.

  45. Hi John,
    Great card today!
    Love Nancy xx

  46. Hi John,
    Lovely card, love the striplet.

    Linda xx

  47. Hi John,
    love how you made this card with the holly striplet,very nice
    hugs Maria x

  48. Hi John,
    Lovely cards, great use of the striplet die.
    Love Janet x
    from Wakefield

  49. Lovely John, really lovely.
    Love Val x

  50. Outstanding card John, a real beauty. Pat x

  51. Hi John, beautiful card love the striplet die an it's great to see how you use it in different ways. Looking forward to your shows on Hochanda, it's so good to be seeing the creative expression team so much. Take care Melody xxx

  52. John,
    This is so beautiful!!!
    I think this is my favorite Christmas card this year!!!
    I must get that die!!!

  53. Absolutely Fabulous! I want one!
    Tonbridge Sue