It's time to share another design that I've made for the Card A Day Blog. I'm rounding off a week of Holiday Thank You cards, and I wanted my design to still look like Christmas, but perhaps be a little less obvious. As I've mentioned before (and haven't shared with you YET) I've been working on some projects with a troop of Girl Scouts. Because of this I have even more scraps than usual, so I wanted to be sure to use some of those scraps for my card. Don't want to break with tradition, now, do we? (lol)
For my design, I started with a 5" x 4 1/4" card base. Yes, even this was a leftover. We had cut lots of card bases, and this one turned out to be just a bit smaller that it should have been. Well, I wasn't going to let it go to waste, was I?!
I had decided to create a simple background with some stamps using the stamp-off method because I didn't want the color to be too vibrant, kind of like the holiday season fading into memory. I went hunting through my stamps and found just exactly what I needed. I also came up with the perfect greeting for the card front. Once I had those elements I needed a way to 'frame' them, and remembered some leftover pieces from cutting rosettes that I had decided to keep for possible borders. I had quite a few from which to choose, so I decided on red because I wanted to use traditional Christmas colors and already had green, silver and blue (along with a little gingerbread brown). Here is your first look:
I stamped the design images directly on the card base after first stamping off on a piece of scrap paper to remove some of the ink. I chose stamps that were representative of the season without necessarily being too overt. The borders are the cast-off pieces of some die-cut rosettes that are shaped like snowflakes. I roughed up the edges to lift them a bit off the card. The greeting was stamped on a piece of white card which I inked around the edges and then mounted with foam squares. The next three photos are closer shots of the different areas of the card.
I know the greeting doesn't look too clear in the photo. It reads, "The true joy of the season is in the love shared with family and friends." I wanted to reflect that greeting in my sentiment on the inside.
I created the sentiment in MS Word. I was happy to find a font that matched the stamped greeting fairly well. I chose to print the sentiment in red to match the remaining 'border' piece that I wanted to use. I think it worked out quite nicely.
Here is your full view of the front of the card:
It's a rather simple card, but I think it's actually one of my favorites of my recent cards. I hope you've enjoyed it, too.
Now for those little details:
Stamps: Greeting from Great Impressions, Images from Craft Smart (Michael's)
Inks: Martha Stewart 'Sterling Metallic," Ranger Distress "Pine Needles" and "Vintage Photo" and Tsukineko Brilliance "Pearlescent Sky Blue"
Border: Leftover cuts from Sizzix Alterations "Snowflake Rosette"
Paper: Recollections "Jolly Jamboree" and generic white card stock
Once again, I am honored by your visit, and I thank you. It's really fun for me to be able to share my creations with you.
Until next time.....