Tuesday, November 22, 2011

I wanted to share my beautiful Christmas Cactus with you today.  It blooms like this every year even though the poor thing is neglected all through the year.  I've been teased quite often about my black thumb but this plant defies death year after year.  :)  

So today I have a card that has been inspired by the colors in this Christmas cactus.  I used Wasabi Green, Melon Mambo, and Whisper White.  The stamp set is Baby Bundle from the IB&C.  It has so many cute images that you can use for all cards "baby".  It even has an image you can use for shower invitations.  

I used the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, matching green brads for the wheels, and colored the jingle bells with melon mambo embossing powder.  How neat is that to be able to change their colors.  You are only limited by the colors of embossing powder you have.

To emboss the jingle bells you need to press and roll them on your versa mark pad and then dip them into your embossing powder.  Apply your heat gun and voila!  Now a tip...when I did these I used a pair of tweezers to hold the top while I heated them.  One turned out fine but the hole on the top of the second closed up.  I had to use my paper piercing tool to open the hole back up and it wasn't easy.  The next time I emboss the jingle bells I think I will try to place a dental floss threader or something like that through the hole to keep it from closing up.  If you have other ideas on how to keep the holes open please leave me a post.

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