Saturday, November 11, 2017

Thinking of You at Christmas

The challenge theme this week at Merry Monday has been "Kraft and Red." Except for the addition of gold, I kept to that color scheme for my card.

I got the design for my card from the current sketch challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown (which I'm also entering). I basically stuck with the sketch for this card. I had intended to make this at least a mostly one-layer card. I masked off the tree shape on an A2-size kraft panel. I stamped several of the larger flower image from WPlus9's "Be Merry Florals" set with Lawn Fawn Yeti pigment ink. I repeated the stamping with Altenew Ruby Red and Memento Rhubarb Stalk & Lady Bug inks, going right over the white stamping. I also stamped the smaller flower with Versamark ink, and heat embossed with Ranger Red Embossing Tinsel. Finally, I added dots in the empty spaces with the smallest of the "Bokeh Dots" stamps from Essentials by Ellen. I heat embossed those with Ranger Princess Gold embossing powder. To finish the tree, I colored in the trunk with a brown Tombow marker.

In doing all this stamping--especially with the pigment ink--I suppose it was inevitable to get an ink smudge on my panel! I tried to remove it with my sanding block, but doing that also "bleached" the cardstock a bit, so it was obvious where I had sanded. But I was not about to start over! So I found a Lawn Fawn "Small Stitched Oval" die that was large enough to surround the tree, but still cut away that bleached spot, and die cut my kraft panel.

For the greeting, I used one from Hero Arts' "Very Merry Christmas" stamp set (discontinued). I stamped it in Versamark on a piece of burgundy cardstock, heat embossed with gold, & cut that into a banner. I embossed a panel of red cardstock with the "Plaid" embossing folder from Sizzix/Tim Holtz. I glued my oval to that with liquid glue, and glued down my greeting banner. Finally, I used the same liquid glue to adhere my panel to a white A2 card base.


  1. Your tree is gorgeous, I am so glad you were able to 'save' the tree by using an oval die! I love all those merry flowers inside the tree, it looks like it is covered in poinsettias! Thank you for playing along with us this week at Merry Monday!

  2. Oooohh - so pretty! I would never think you were having problems with the card. It feels so good to keep good work out of the garbage. Your persistence was worth it! Thanks for playing with us at Merry Monday.

  3. What a great take on the challenge and love your color combo as well. Than you for joining us over at Merry Monday this week.

  4. What a clever way to make the tree, I thought it was DP, that is great stamping. It's so annoying when you get a splodge but you saved it.
    Thanks for playing along at Christmas Card Throwdown.

  5. What a fantastic festive card you made :-)) I like your tree.
    Thanks for playing along at Christmas Card Throwdown, Andreja DT


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