Sunday, October 12, 2014

Jingle all the Way

I have to make a confession here: I'm starting to get frustrated by my holiday card making. I'm not dealing with a lack of supplies, either in quality or quantity. On the contrary, I have so many options, it's almost overwhelming. And I haven't even bought many new holiday-themed products this year! What I have are largely left-overs! This card, in fact, kind of marries the old to the new.

I finally decided this afternoon to make my creating about picking a sketch, picking a few papers that go well together, picking a focal image/greeting, and most importantly, not over-thinking my choices. This is probably as simplified as I can get.

So for my sketch, I chose this oldie-but-goodie from Operation Write Home:

I followed the sketch exactly, not changing even the measurements. (OK, maybe the diameter of the circle--but not by much!)

All 3 patterned papers came from my scrap stash. I found the poinsettia stamp (source unknown) in my Winter/Christmas stamp binder, and figured it fit the bill. The greeting is from Hero Arts' "Merry Christmas Message" stamp set.

I stamped the poinsettia on a piece of 140 lb. watercolor paper in Ranger Archival Jet Black ink. I die cut it with one of Spellbinders' "Standard Circles SM" dies, and colored the image with Inktense pencils and water. I cut my patterned paper squares; and stamped and cut the square for my greeting from white cardstock. I edged all those pieces with Delicata Golden Glitz ink, to give them a bit of shimmer. I glued down the squares along the bottom edge of the card front, and glued the focal panel overlapping the 2 left squares. Finally, I adhered the card front to an A2 size white card base. That was it. Simple. I figure, at this rate, I should be finished with all my holiday cards for this year by February. ;)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Hero Arts Holiday Challenge: "Anything Goes"
Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday "Use Watercolors"
a2z Scrapbooking Blog World Card Making Day Challenge #2: "Anything Goes"

1 comment:

  1. Gorgeous card Andrea, so elegant and the Poinsettia is beautifully coloured.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx


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