Hi, crafty friends. I have a fun holiday card to share today featuring Light up emu, which is a stamp from this month’s release from Rachelle Anne Miller. I love creating Aussie themed cards, and thankfully, all the Aussie images I have are cute ones. I’m staying far away from blue-ringed octopus, red back spiders and Eastern brown snakes (as well as cassowaries, box jelly fish, stonefish, great white sharks and salties, among other things). Today’s card has an emu, which maybe should be on my list. It was certainly on the Australian government’s list about a century ago. The Australian government actually declared war on the emus. I’m not making this up, it’s called The Great Emu War. The emus were destroying wheat crops, and the government wanted to curb the population and launched a military operation to do so. Weird, huh? Do you know what’s even weirder? The emus won. Twice!! My emu’s not destroying anything, he’s lit up like a Christmas tree, and he even has a koala wrapped around his neck, which I thought was so cute. I really can’t resist a koala.
I colored my emu and koala with Copics, and fussy cut the image leaving a white trim. Cutting around that string of lights was tricky, but worth it.
Onto a piece of white cardstock, I stamped the Christmas Lights Bold Prints stamp from Hero Arts using VersaMark ink, and poured on Iridescent Sparkle embossing powder from Judikins, which I then heat embossed. It adds a sparkly, but subtle shine to the background and I love that the lights are just like the colored lights on the emu.
I cut off a strip of the panel on each side and die cut a star in the top center using the Stars Five die set from Spellbinders. I mounted the panel on foam tape and added it to a card base I’d covered with the Gum leaves patterned paper that was part of the Aussie Christmas digital paper pack that was also part of this month’s release. This green color is dreamy!
I mounted the emu in the star opening, making sure to adhere the delicate lights directly to the white panel, while the emu itself is backed with foam tape. I stamped an white heat embossed a sentiment from the Christmas Wishes stamp set from My Favorite Things onto a scrap piece of my gum leaves paper, before using the coordinating die to cut it out. I backed it with four white die cuts and adhered it underneath the emu’s feet and dangling lights, before finishing off with sequins and star confetti from the Starry Night mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards.
You can see a little more of the sparkle in this photo.
The emu and the koala are very muted, so I chose bright colors for the lights.
Oh, and before I go, just because I feel like it – a little light-hearted “everything wants to kill you in Australia” meme: