Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy

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Mel's Card Corner | Cyber Monday Sale

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s get to today’s card. One of the stamp sets that immediately caught my eye when the new holiday catalog from Stampin’ Up launched a few months ago was Sugarplum Dreams. I’ve always loved watching ballet and The Nutcracker is such a classic. I finally got around to purchasing it recently, so I pulled it out over the weekend to use. I bought myself a 60-piece set of Polychromos pencils from Faber-Castell, so I thought the ballerina would be a nice image to use to give them a try, too.

Mel's Card Corner | Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy

I’ve seen so many beautiful cards lately colored on kraft or darker colored card stock, so I thought I would give that a try since the Polychromos pencils are very pigmented. I started by stamping the image on a piece of kraft card stock from Gina K. Designs. I decided to use it instead of my usual Crumb Cake from Stampin’ Up because it has a bit more tooth which is important when working with colored pencils. The tooth gives the pigment something to hold on to which helps make blending easier, especially with the Polychromos pencils.

I stamped the image on the card stock in my MISTI using Jet Black ink from Lawn Fawn. I left the stamp inside the MISTI so after I had finished coloring the image, I was able to stamp the outline again sharpen up the lines.

Mel's Card Corner | Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy

After I had all the coloring done and had restamped the line art image, I went over the dress and ballet slippers using a clear Wink of Stella pen. I went over her tiara using a gold Wink of Stella.

I matted the kraft panel on a piece of Rich Razzleberry card stock. It’s a bit darker than the pinks I used on her dress, but I thought it still coordinated quite nicely. I then adhered the matted focal panel on a top-folding card base made of white card stock.

Mel's Card Corner | Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy

I didn’t want to break up the simplicity of the front of the card by putting a sentiment on it. Instead, I decided to put the sentiment on the inside. I stamped it using the same Jet Black ink I used for the ballerina and that completed my card.

Until next time …

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