Maureen, one of my fellow DT members at StampNation, is kicking off a new bimonthly Christmas card challenge over there today. She will be posting a new themed challenge every other Saturday. As you all know, I love challenges, but what you may not know is I also love knocking out all of my holiday cards as early as possible each year, so this challenge will be a major win-win for me! Here’s my card for the first challenge:
I started by stamping the Hot Chocolate Delight image from Impression Obsession on a piece of white card stock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I colored the image using the following Copic markers:
- Mug & Peppermint Sticks: R17, R37, R89
- Marshmallows: W3, W1, W00
- Gingerbread Man: E33, E35, E37
- Foliage and Gingerbread Man Buttons: YG05, YG07
Once I had all the coloring completed, I die cut the image out using the largest square from the Layering Squares Framelits Dies by Stampin’ Up!® While I had the Big Shot out, I also cut out the largest scalloped square from the same die set using Real Red card stock. I adhered the focal image square to the scalloped square using some liquid glue which gave me a little wiggle room time to ensure I had everything lined up correctly.
For the sentiment, I used the Stitched Sentiments Strips Die-namics from My Favorite Things to cut out a banner from white card stock. I stamped the Merry Christmas sentiment from the Message Me stamp by Clearly Besotted on the banner using Real Red ink to coordinate with the rest of the card.
To assemble the card, I created an A2 top-folding card base from some Thick Whisper White card stock. I cut a layer of patterned paper from the Candy Cane Lane DSP pack from the Stampin’ Up which, sadly, is now retired. I LOVE this DSP! I matted it with some Real Red card stock then adhered it to the card base using tape runner. I then adhered the matted focal image and sentiment banner to the card using foam tape. To give my card a bit of shimmer, I went over the mug and red strips of the peppermint stick using clear Wink of Stella. For a bit of added interest, I also traced over the accents on the mug using a black Glaze pen and added some highlights to the mug using a white gel pen and that finished my card.
I’m entering this card in the following challenges:
- StampNation Christmas Cards – the current theme is sweet treats. (Membership required)
- Merry Monday – the current theme is shimmer & sparkle. I used Wink of Stella to add some shimmer to my card.
- Jingle Belles – the current theme is holiday cards with foliage.
Until next time …