Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Lights all Aglow – IHP DT Challenge

Glowing lights are something that all of the upcoming holidays have in common, whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Chanukah or Kwanza, so that’s the theme our Challenge-meister Deb gave us for our challenge this month.

IHPnovLuminaria-groupI decided to create a trio of luminaria to meet this challenge. They are all made of heavyweight clear vellum, cut to 3” x 10-1/4” and scored at 2-1/5”, 5”, 7-1/2” and 10”. They’re all trimmed with strips of paper from the Cosmo Cricket Mitten Weather 6x6 pad. But the vellum is decorated using a different technique for each one.

Photographing these was quite a challenge; I wanted to show you how they look when they’re lit from within, so the papers are kind of dark. I used little battery powered fake votives instead of real flame – a lot safer that way, and they even flicker! There are actually 2 little lights inside each of these to provide more dramatic light. I found a 6-pack of them at Walgreen’s for $5.

IHPnovLuminaria The first one is pierced using an Ornare template, and decorated with a few Zva red rhinestones to accent the design.

IHPluminaria-stampedThe second one is stamped with Iris Palette ink and one of Kimberly Crawford’s Very Square stamps. Look how nicely the pattern compliments the paper! 

IHPluminaria-embossed For this last one, I ran the vellum through my Big Shot with the Vine embossing folder, although any embossing folder would be beautiful. Here’s a hint, though. Score and pre-fold your vellum before you emboss it. Depending on the vellum you’re using, it may crack if you try to fold it after it’s embossed. Ask me how I know…

If you’d like to make your own, please leave me a link – I’d love to see! Now go check out the rest of the design team’s blogs to see what they came up with for this glowing challenge.


Have a great day!



Deb said...

Gorgeous, Carolyn! I love all the different ideas, each so unique and yet so lovely together! Fabulous!

Loretta said...

These are some very lovely luminaries, Carolyn!!!

Gretchen said...

Oh man Carolyn these are beautiful!! My favorite is the pierced one I think- Love it!

i {heart} papers said...

Very pretty! Can I ask how you know the vellum cracks? ;-)

Cathleen said...

Oooooo! These are just stunning Carolyn, I love them!

{Lynn - that's me!} said...

Oh Carolyn...these are stunning luminaries and I just adore all the different ways you decorated them!

Lori said...

These are all gorgeous, Carolyn! I'm with Gretchen--I think the paper pierced one might be my favorite.

whoistracy said...

These are fabulous! I love the embossed one the best- I must try this myself.

Paul M said...

These are gorgeous!