Sketches are the bomb!!! I love being inspired by something new each week. Sketches and challenges have made my stamping skills grow by leaps and bounds.
Here's the sketch the Stamping 411 Operators were given this week:
I decided to make a Christmas card with this sketch......
The base card is Real Red (5 1/2" x 8 1/2"....folded in half).
The next layer is Kraft ( 5 1/4" x 4"). I sponged the edges of this layer with Close to Cocoa ink and pierced the top edge using my Paper Piercing Tool and piercing guide (part of the Mat Pack).
Wanna know what else is the bomb? This patterned paper. It's flocked and gorgeous!! It's part of the new Christmas Cocoa pack from the Holiday Mini catalog. I matted this on a 1/8" larger piece of Whisper White. I lightly rubbed my sponge (that has the Close to Cocoa ink on it) to "dirty up" both the patterned paper and its mat. This gives it a real vintage-like feel.
The focal image also carries with that vintage theme I was going for. It's from "A Cardinal Christmas", and it's one of my favorite holiday stamp sets. I inked the bird with Basic Brown ink. Of course, this needed to be sponged too with Close to Cocoa ink. I added it on a mat of Chocolate Chip cardstock to make it stand out more.
The final embellishments include some of that fabulous new Real Red Polka Dot ribbon. What? You don't see polka dots? Me either. I used the reverse side of this ribbon. Isn't it so pretty? I know this is going to be my "go to" ribbon for the holiday season!!!
All I did was glue a small white halfback pearl (from the Pretties Kit) to a large Filigree Brad. A mini glue dots works perfect for both the pearl and placing the brad on the ribbon.
Voila....my card is finished. One more holiday card....woo hoo....only about 55 left to go now!! LOL!!
Now, the operators at the Stamping 411 would love to have you make a card with this sketch. Be sure to use Mr. Linky on the Stamping 411 blog to link your project from your blog or online gallery so we can all see it. You never know......your project just might be chosen by the operators as one of our top 5 faves. We love looking at all your projects....we hate choosing only 5 favorites. You're all so talented!!!