We're in the midst of an ice storm here in MN. Today's card is definitely winter-themed. I've been skiing once in my life. It was quite comical. Dennis and I took a lesson, and we never left the bunny hill. Those five year old skiiers were cutting me off left and right.....nasty little boogers!!!!! So, we went back to the condo.....made chicken parmesan.....and drank about 2 bottles of wine that night!!! LOL!!!
Now, if I couldn't master skiing (i.e. going down a little hill without falling or getting cut off by a 5 year old), can you imagine me on a snowboard? That would be a funny sight.
The guy on the focal image of my card seems to know exactly what he is doing.
The base card is Close to Cocoa. My next layer is Pumpkin Pie cardstock measuring 4" x 5 1/4".
I added a 2" x 5 1/4" Apricot Appeal cardstock strip. I dragged an Apricot Appeal ink pad along the strip to give it some texture. This is called the direct-to-paper technique. It's a great way to transform a simple piece of cardstock without adding any bulk to your project.
The focal image uses a combination of two stamp sets: Extreme Elements (for the background) and Extreme Snowboard (for the image depicting how awesome I look on that massive bunny hill ski slope). The focal image is matted on a 1/8" larger piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock.
For the "any shape" element on the sketch, I chose to use a white grommet. I attached it to my card with mini glue dots since I have multiple layers of cardstock. I then attached a knot of Bermuda Bay Polka Dot grosgrain in the center of the grommet.
All that's left is the sentiment. I pulled out my "go to" sentiment set, Teeny Tiny Wishes. I stamped the greeting with Whisper White craft ink and embossed it using White Embossing Powder. After punching it with the Modern Label punch, I attached it onto my card.
I am placing this card into my card file. It's ready for any of my son's friends who happen to have a birthday. Chris tends to come to me when he needs a card like 5 minutes ago. Typical teenager, huh?
If snowboarding isn't your thing, there are plenty of other "extreme" stamp sets in the big catalog. They can all be selected as a FREE Sale-a-bration item with a $50 Stampin' Up! purchase. Free is very cool!
This sketch was so much fun to play with. Would you like to give it a try? We hope so!! If you choose to take the challenge, make sure you link it to the Stamping 411 blog using the Mr. Linky widget. It's easy. Just copy and paste your project's URL into the Mr. Linky widget at the bottom of our post.
Until next time.....Happy Stamping everyone!!
stamps: Extreme Snowboard, Extreme Elements, Teeny Tiny Wishes
paper: Close to Cocoa, Pumpkin Pie, Bermuda Bay, Apricot Appeal, Whisper White
ink: Close to Cocoa, Pumpkin Pie, Bermuda Bay, Apricot Appeal
accessories: white grommet, Bermuda Bay Polka Dot grosgrain, Modern Label punch, White embossing powder