Sunday, December 8, 2013

Sunday Stamping With Nancy McClelland: Vintage Christmas Bells

Nancy McClelland uses these words to describe her stamping style: clean, straight lines, layers, color, and accents.

"I think my design background makes me want things to be too perfect," she says, referring to her interior design degree, "so lots of fussy stuff, not so much."

For today's project, she used 11205MC Vintage Bells Christmas Set (drawn by artist Trudy Sjolander):

"I love making square cards, and I also love the standard green and red Christmas colors," Nancy explains.

You can see how these preferences and her signature style are shown in this gorgeous card:

"The bow at the top in one of my NEW favorite items of the year," shares Nancy. "This bow tie is a die from Amuse Studio that comes in two sizes. I’ve chosen the smaller of the two for this card. It was cut from red felt, and then I used an embossing folder to add the texture."

Take a closer look at that neat bow:

You can see how she used the same Spellbinders Grand Impressabilities Sea Flowers on the gold layer, to repeat this pretty pattern. It's sandwiched between the image panel cut with a Spellbinders Tear Drop Circles die and the burgundy cardstock pre-embossed in glittery swirls.

The Christmas bells image (3091J in wood mounted) was colored with Copic markers (R05, R14, R24, R29, Y21, Y23, Y26, Y28, G20, G21, G24, YG21, YG03, E44, G99, and G94). A Spica marker in Sand was used to add sparkle to the clapper, and Glossy Accents lines the bells' edges. 

For the perfect finishing touch, Nancy layered the holly leaves, dotted them with Glossy Accents and ultrafine glitter, and then topped them off with rhinestone "berries":

What a special card that would certainly brighten anyone's Christmas!


stamping sue said...

WOW! beautiful card! I love all the details and dimension on this bell card.
stamping sue

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

another gorgeous card Nancy! Love it and all the detail!

Anonymous said...

This is striking! Thanks for the tip in embossing the felt - I never would have thought of that.

Jennifer Scull said...

oh my goodness gracious! this is fabulous! I love all of the embossing as well as those little droplets.... what a beautiful way to highlight this stamp set! thank you for the inspiration today!

also, my lovely stamp set arrived yesterday! thank you so very much! :)

Katie said...

Great card! I love the dimension of the bells and the pretty bow. Thanks for sharing.

Katie B.

mjd said...

Great colors and usual Nancy! Every card would be a gift to receive. mjd

Sue D said...

Beautiful card--I like all the special details like the glossy accents on the leaves.

Karen said...

Beautiful coloring, beautiful layout design!

Mary-Anne V said...

Such a pretty card...the bells look wonderful!

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