Sunday, September 20, 2015

Jingle All the Way

Our Daily Bread Designs' challenge theme this past week has been a sketch challenge. They posted the following sketch, and participants are to make a card inspired by it:

I got the "Let It Snow" stamp set from ODBD some time ago, and had yet to get it inky--until now. The sled actually turned out to be harder to color than I had anticipated, since it is such a detailed image. But I persevered, and I like the way it came out.

I stamped the sled on a piece of 140 lb. watercolor paper with Ranger Archival Jet Black ink. I heat set it to make sure the ink was dry, then colored it with my Inktense pencils, using a damp paintbrush to blend & shade the colors. After it dried, I die cut it with the smallest of Spellbinders' "Grand Ovals" dies. I also die cut a mat from burgundy cardstock with the smallest of the "Grand Scalloped Ovals" dies by Spellbinders.

For the greeting, I used one from the same stamp set. I stamped it on watercolor paper, so the white of the paper would match my image, then die cut it with a "Nesting Scallops" die by Lifestyle Crafts. I die cut a burgundy mat with the next larger die. I glued the image & greeting to their respective mats with liquid glue, then set those aside to dry.

I chose 2 patterned papers from Graphic 45's "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" 8x8" pad for my background and layer. I had decided, to make the (somewhat large) image work with the sketch, to make an A9 (5.5x8.5") card. I cut my background paper to 5x8", and the plaid to 2.75x4.5". I matted the plaid with dark green cardstock, and trimmed it to leave a 1/16" border.

For the circle element behind the focal panel, I decided to use a doily I had in my stash. Because I didn't want it white, I decided to color it. First, I ran it through my Xyron Creative Station, to apply adhesive to the back. After a couple of attempts to color it with spray ink (neither worked to my satisfaction), I finally colored it gold with the Brilliance Galaxy Gold dewdrop ink pad by Tsukineko. Because that is a pigment ink, I heat set it to dry it faster. Finally, I carefully peeled the doily off the release paper, and adhered it in place on the background. I next adhered my plaid panel, laying down the focal & greeting pieces to make sure it was properly placed. I glued my focal & greeting panels on top with liquid glue, and set that under a book for a few minutes to dry.

Once the glue had set up enough, I matted the main panel with more burgundy cardstock, then matted that with cream. I mounted it to a white card base, and it was done!

I'm also entering this in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Monday "Love this Technique" (watercoloring with Inktense pencils)
Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday "Die Crazy"


  1. Oh, I love the way your coloring turned out on this image as well!! The colors are gorgeous and I can just feel the snow and crispness of the air :-) Thanks for playing along with the Shining the Light Challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs!! Hugs to you and God Bless!

  2. Wonderful Christmas card. Stunning doily. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  3. Gorgeous card Andrea! The image is lovely and I love the pretty doily.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

  4. Wow Andrea you followed the sketch to a T and this looks wonderful!!! I love the stamp set that you have used here and the image is colored so beautifully!! So glad you joined in on the ODBD challenge! I hope we see you often!


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