I picked up the gorgeous Holiday Flourishes stamp set from The Ton Stamps. It was part of their November release and I absolutely LOVE it! While the beautiful holly leaves and berries are great for holiday cards, the flourish elements can easily be used on cards all year round. I love when I can get year-round mileage from holiday stamp sets!
For my card today, I decided to keep things simple and just let the stamp set shine. I started by cutting a piece of cardstock to 4.25×5.5″ (A2 size) and created my own patterned paper. I stamped the holly leaves and berries with first generation stamping using inks from Close to My Heart. I stamped all of the flourish elements in the same ink colors, but using second generation stamping to soften them up a bit.
One I had my background created, I used my paper trimmer to cut a 3/4″ diagonal strip from the middle. I adhered the pieces to my card base and rounded the two corners opposite the diagonal stripe with a 1/2″ corner rounder.
For the sentiment, I die cut a scalloped rectangle and standard rectangle. I sponged the edges of the scalloped rectangle with matching ink to give it a little texture. I stamped a sentiment from the Bright Baubles stamp set from Neat and Tangled which was part of their November release. I stamped it with the same ink I used for the holly berries.
To give the card a little sparkle, I went over all the leaves using a clear Wink of Stella glitter brush pen. Next, I went over all the berries and let the pen sit for a minute on the little highlight bits inside each of the berries. This loosened up the ink a bit so I could give the berries a bit of pink color. To finish off my card, I rounded the two corners opposite of the diagonal strip with a 1/2″ corner rounder.
I’m entering this card in the following challenges:
- Muse: Christmas Visions – here is the current muse. I was inspired by the diagonal feel of the muse project as well as the holly leaves and berries.
- Retro Sketches – here is the current sketch.
Before I sign off for this post, I also wanted to share a card I made yesterday as a bit of art therapy. I made it to honor the victims of the attacks in Paris and will be mailing it tomorrow to the local French Consolat. It’s difficult to tell in the photo, but I foiled the Eiffel Tower in royal blue so I could incorporate the three colors of the French flag in my design.
Until next time …