Sunday, August 31, 2014
Wishing You Peace at Christmas
My second card for Our Daily Bread Designs' sketch challenge is a Christmas card. I know--Christmas is not quite around the corner--yet--and I'm sick of some of the Big Box craft stores putting out their Christmas decorations and supplies in June. But we send out a lot of cards for Christmas, and I decided not to repeat last year's effort of over 100 cards in one month, which left me incredibly burned out!
Again, I based my card on the ODBD sketch:
The only real change I made to the sketch was to substitute a die-cut doily for the banners.
This time I chose the "Chickadee Single" stamp. I stamped it on a piece of white cardstock in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and cut it out with the coordinating die. I die cut a label from a patterned paper in the Creative Imaginations/Iron Orchid Designs "Rejoice" 6x6" pad, using a die from Spellbinders' "Labels Eight" set. I traced around the same die onto burgundy cardstock, and cut it out with scissors to create a narrow mat. After coloring the berries, branch, and chickadee's beak and feet with colored pencils, I glued that die cut down to the label panel. Finally, I stamped the greeting underneath the chickadee, using some of the stamps from this set and Tuxedo Black.
I chose 2 patterned papers from The Paper Studio for the background and smaller, checkered panel. I double-matted the background with burgundy and kraft cardstocks. I also matted the checkered panel with burgundy. I temporarily positioned the checkered & label panels onto the card front, and marked the bottom edge, as well as where the label came onto the checkered piece. I glued a piece of dark red ribbon onto the small panel, so the label would cover most of it. Then I glued the label & checkered panels together.
I cut a doily out of white cardstock using Lifestyle Crafts' "Dainty Doily" die. I lightly sponged Scattered Straw Distress ink over it, just to soften the look. I cut off a portion, and glued it in place on the card front. Then I glued the label/checkered panel over it, wrapped the ribbon behind the patterned paper, and adhered the completed card front to a 4.5x7.25" card base.
I'm also entering this card in Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday "Anything Goes" challenge.