#30DayChristmasCardMakingChallenge Day 7 theme is Green like the Grinch. You might be a little bit surprised that I only saw this movie a few weeks ago and it’s an instalment process as I still haven’t finished it!
I have to say this Green like the Grinch challenge had me struggling a bit. I don’t know if it’s just because I had the Grinch image in my head or that green is not really my ‘go to’ colour.
Generally, when I’m a bit stumped I start messing with colours through water colouring or brayering. For this card I started off by brayering a piece of Whisper White card with Just Jade and Pear Pizzazz ink. Then I went around the edges with Tuxedo Black. After this, I just looked at it not having a clue what to do! I walked away and came back with an idea of using my scalloped oval die to cut an oval out of my creation. Then I laid this on a Just Jade oval. Tone on Tone layering adds extra depth to a card.
Some Soft Sea Foam Velvet snowflakes added some texture on top of my stamped snowflakes. So there are snowflakes everywhere on this card and in all textures. The vellum layer was embossed with the Old World Paper embossing folder, which I love, but on the vellum it is extra pretty.
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Hello and welcome to Day 4 of the #30DayChristmasCardMakingChallenge. I’m thoroughly enjoying myself as I take up each of these challenges. Today it’s my favourite type of challenge – card sketch. Card sketches provide a great starting point which allows you to get creative. They are also great when you find your mind is not as creative as you would like. Grab a card sketch and work with it. It’s amazing how easy it is to create once you have that in place.
I worked with the Peaceful Boughs stamp set for the first time on this card. Now, I know it’s been in a few catalogues but I got it at the end of last season so I hadn’t got around to using it.
I stamped the boughs in Night of Navy onto the Snowflake Splendour Designer Series Paper. Then I decided, in a momentary lapse of concentration, that I was going to fussy cut these out! They are fiddly! So now that I started, I kept going but I didn’t cut out the smaller one out. However, I’m pleased with the effect it gave.
The brass foil die cut boughs were cut apart to resemble the snowflakes in the sketch.
To create the Buffalo Check background I used the Stamparatus to give me optimum clarity on this large stamp. The Stamparatus stamp positioning tool enables you to reink and stamp without worrying about stamp placement. To give it a plaid look, I ruled both vertical and horizontal lines in Coastal Cabana and Night of Navy using both the fine tip and brush tips of the marker.
Some Velveteen pine cones in Highland Heather and Playing with Patterns Resin Dots, add to the coordinated look of this card.
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