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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Nutcrackers in Formation...

A clean and simple card designed for a good friend who collects Nutcrackers.  One of my personal challenges is to let the image and color alone carry the design.  I made this one weeks ago and kept it on my desk trying to decide what additional embellishments I needed... considered [and rejected] a ribbon & bow, bling for the corners, Fran-tage, heavy sigh!  Still not happy - I think the only acceptable solution would have been a caligraphy "Joy" sentiment in the lower right - but too late now!  LOL~!  I gave it to her this last weekend just as it is.

  • I used a Digi here so I could size the Nutcracker for perspective.  Unfortunately, because I colored it so many weeks ago, I have lost track of the source for this image.  If you recognize it, leave a comment?  UPDATE:  Thanks Rainey for your lead... that image is indeed"The Nutcracker" from Aurora Wings!  Yea for networking - it takes a village!
  • Neenah "Classic Crest Solar White" 80# Cover Wt. used for the image.
  • Red CS is from stash.
  • The only embellishment is the embossed framework created with a Scor-It 
  • Images were printed on an Epson WF-3520 printer 
  • Hand colored with Copics.
    This card should be eligible for the following 

    As You Like It / Your Favorite... “Male or Female?”  [Male - gets me away from frou-frou and moving toward my preferred CAS look.]
    That Craft Place – Christmas
    Crafting from the Heart #90 – ATG Always
    Clear It Out – ATG / Stash: ATG
    Fussy & Fancy  #154 –Happy Holidays
    The East Wind #45 – CAS
    Tuesday Throwdown #274 – ATG
    Pile it On #98 – Christmas/ Winter
    OSAAT #252 – ATG w/ Red
    Create wildly and color with abandon!  ~ginny


    1. I very much like it as it is. It's gorgeous, so is your colouring! Thank you for joining us at As You Like It. Luv, Wilma

    2. Excellent! I know exactly what you went through. I've done this before, too, thinking it missed something but not knowing what. But, having said that, I think this card is just perfect 'as is' and I know your friend loved it. Oh, and ditto on the forgetting where you got something! I try to remind myself if I download something now to change the name to remind me where I got it, or to bookmark where I got it, but I have old ones I didn't do that for and I have no idea where they came from! Ah, and of course, PERFECT coloring on these guys (are you human?).

    3. Hi Ginny, he looks wonderful and your CAS design card is great too. I find them so difficult to acheive, you are right, it is all in knowing when to walk away and leave the the card alone. You have nailed it here.
      I also believe this image is from Aurora Wings Etsy shop as I only looked at it the other day coincidentally.
      Take care and have a super Festive Holiday.

    4. Great card! He has depth. The gold is so well done as well as the silver. The blue shadow brings out his eyes. He looks like he wants to speak or maybe sing! Merry Christmas!

    5. A fabulous CAS card it is just right for the images and wonderful to make a personalised card
      Ginny x My Blog As I do Rodos

    6. Wow this card is wonderful. I love the simple look but so stunning. Nice CAS card. Beautiful coloring.

    7. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Clear It Out, good luck!!! Amy DT

    8. This is a great clean and simple card and I love the nutcrackers all in a line. Thank you for playing along this week at OSAAT. I sure hope to see you back again very soon. Good Luck in the challenge!!!


      CraftyGirl OSAAT DT

    9. This is perfectly fine as it embellies are needed! I'm loving the image as I have a few family members who collect nutcrackers. Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at TTCRD this week, good luck! Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
      Denice - TTCRD DT

    10. This is such a wonderful clever card, I love the way you have done the Nutcrackers. Your colouring is brilliant.

    11. You have nailed the CAS look, ~ginny. I love how strong the nutcrackers stand against the white background. Your colouring is gorgeous as always. Thanks for playing along with our CAS challenge at The East Wind. I'll bet your friend loved it :)

    12. Wonderful that you have shared your great artwork with us here at THE EAST WIND. Good luck hun and do come back again!
      Jackie DT @ THE EAST WIND

    13. great card and your colouring is fab. thank you for sharing it with us at FFFC and good luck, Theresa DT xx.


    Thank you so much for your comments!