Hi everyone. Today is the start of our brand new Christmas Challenge at Happy Little Stampers. Not only are we launching a new challenge, but we have a new design team to start things off. Check out the challenge HERE to see the wonderful cards by the rest of the Design Team (Bozena, Carol D, Carol S, Gail, Ingrid, Kylie, LesLee, Mary, Susan). And then come and join in the fun! :)
The rules are simple. Make a Christmas card that uses the key word (this month is Tree) and upload to the challenge blog. Any style of card is welcome!
I started with some die-cuts I had cut over a year ago when my friend Susan (Cardmaker's Garret) came for a crafty play day. I love this set of tree dies that she has. At that time I was on a kick to use up some of the many packages of Christmas papers that I had bought. I cut the trees from the ugliest patterned paper you can imagine ... then they sat, and sat, and sat. I decided I need to do something with them. So I turned them over to the plain white backing, sprayed with two shades of green watercolour sprays, let them dry and then added some snow texture. LOVE how they turned out. And the ugly paper is on the backside. :) No one will ever know. :)
I used Martha Stewart Sparkle Texture Effect for my snow. I wanted to have a soft, dreamy looking snowy sky for the background, so I sponged two shades of distress ink (Tumbled Glass and Peacock Feathers) on to vellum, leaving a little white space at the bottom. Then I splattered with diluted white acrylic paint. I finished the card by adding a frame with the vellum taped to the inside, stamped a simple sentiment and attached the tree on top; and then popped everything up on my card base. Easy and so fun!! :)
I hope you'll come play along with our new challenge. Never too early to start making Christmas cards. :)
Stamps: Christmas Greetings (SU!)
Ink: Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools: Spray mists (Lime Green, Green) made with liquid watercolour concentrate (Dick Blick), 5 part tree die (Elizabeth Craft Design dies), Large Holiday Shapes die - star (Simon Says), Sparkle Texture Effect (Martha Stewart), paint brush for splattering, white acrylic paint