Hot Mess Success #5 ~ Magic of the season!

Hi friends and YES!
It's Monday!

But only 8 more days until Christmas!

I'm super excited this year for many reasons,
including having a 1 year old granddaughter, Alice, who is loving it all!
And I love that every time I go into my formal living room,
it is transformed into a Christmas cabin and it makes my heart smile ♥

Today I'm sharing with you the 5th card in the Hot Mess Success card group ~
usually posted on the 12th of every month.
This is a challenge where we make MESSY cards ~
any technique that requires a messier product like watercolors,
paint splatters, alcohol inks, etc!

This month, I'm the hostess and in the spirit of the holidays,
I chose a theme of use some sparkle, silver or gold, or glitter.
I chose gold. 
I used gold foil DCWV background cardstock
and Gina K. Designs gold foil in my alcohol inks Christmas trees.

Now .... my card.

I have to say, I do love it - it came out just as I hoped,
but ....
how on earth do you photograph gold foil?!
I tried and tried and tried and tried 
to get a great picture of it but it's a process! :)

I started with a base of Yupo paper and used a variety of Tim Holtz Ranger Ink
alcohol inks and let them do their magic!
Right before it was completely dry, I added the gold foil and pulled it up
for a random look.
Once it was dry, I ran the tree die through my Gemini Jr and
glued it to the gold cardstock - painstakingly slow but worth it!
The I stamped out the sentiment and popped it onto the card front.

It's funny (now) - I threw a few of these away 
before I realized I had the gold foil UPSIDE DOWN 

You can see Barb's card here,
Jeanette's card here,
and Terry's card here!

 It's interesting how this Hot Mess Success challenge group
is really showing me what techniques I like,
and the ones that I don't :)
This was a success, I'd say ~
and I'd definitely use this technique again.

Thanks for stopping by today!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


  1. This is SO GORGEOUS, Kelly! I know you know that I LOOOVE THIS! LOL But, I wanted to come over & tell you here too! ;) WHERE is the "Hot Mess" Challenge blog??? Or is it SCS??? SUCH STUNNING WORK!!!!!!!! ;) AND BIG INKY HUGS for your SWEET VISIT! ;)<3

  2. This is such a lovely technique and I think your card is stunning!
    xxx Margreet

  3. A beautiful card, Kelly, the trees are stunning! xx

  4. Awwww.... amazing! Your gold foil on the alcohol inks trees looks just fabulous!!! Wow!! It's always so difficult catch the shine of mirri cardstock and metallic foil in photos, but you did it! Your trees are just gorgeous! Great design with the gold background, too!

  5. The trees are stunning - not sure what was upside down! As the result certainly isn't! This is great inspiration!

  6. Oh WOW! WOW! WOW!!! This card is stunning! Those trees look fabulous! And the shine. WOW! (did I already say that?) Kelly, you are so creative!!!

  7. Oh what an amazing card Kelly - this is stunning - and yes, there is an art in using foil :) [don't ask me how I know]!!

  8. A beautiful card Kelly, fabulous tree dies. It must be wonderful to have such a little one at Christmas time, everything is a wonder to them, Kate x

  9. this is so very beautiful Kelly
    Gr Karin

  10. This has turned out stunning Kelly! I bet this thing is just shinny and gorgeous as can be!! It's always hard to photograph how it truly is meant to be! Not sure I know what your "hot mess" challenge is, but you've nailed it! :) Enjoy your DGD!! HUGS

  11. This is amazing on how it turned out. Have a great Christmas especially with that wonderful granddaughter. Family is the most wonderful thing.

  12. Gorgeous card, I'm sure you will enjoy Christmas with your sweet little granddaughter! Hugs, Valerie

  13. This card is gorgeous and I get to say that as I have seen it in person! What a great technique and a stunning card. Thanks for sharing with me--it is one of my treasured cards this year!

  14. Your hot mess is my beautiful!! Sensational work on these gorgeous trees, Kelly!!