Holiday Card Series 2013 – Woodland Christmas

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Ladies, if you subscribe to my blog via email you probably noticed a message regarding Day 12… please disregard with my apologies. You got a sneak peek of the Day 12 card, it was a mistake on my part to post it when I did. You will get to see it again when it posts on November 1st.  Just an FYI… Happy Monday!

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Today’s card features images from the Cool Yule and Holiday Greetings Inside & Out stamp sets plus the woodgrain background stamp.

HCS_Day8I started with a base card in kraft and stamped the right side of the card using the woodgrain background stamp and french roast ink. I then layered on a strip of dry embossed (pin dot) sage card stock. I cut two squares of 2″ sugar card stock and stamped the tree images from the Cool Yule stamp set in different green inks (grass, lichen, wasabi) on the squares to create a little forest on each. I rounded the corners with my Corner Chomper tool  and attached these to a strip of cherry card stock with foam adhesive to pop them up off the cherry panel. I pulled this piece out of my scrap bin and it already had that reverse scallop cut out of the end, so I left it!  I glued all of this to my base card as shown in the sample.

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The last bit of stamping is the sentiment, which I stamped on french roast card stock in Versamark ink and then dusted it with white embossing powder and heat set it with my heat tool. I cut a little fish tail in one end and attached it to the base card with foam adhesive. The last step was to wrap it with a bit of cherry baker’s twine to add another texture and a bit more red. The cherry card stock, star on one of the trees and the baker’s twine creates a visual triangle. This card has so many colors and textures—the cherry helps to pull the design together.

People tell me sometimes that they struggle with clean & simple card design, that they are always compelled to “keep adding stuff” to their cards and can never keep them simple… I have just the opposite problem!  I really struggle with cards that have multiple elements, textures and layers. This was an attempt to create a card with different textures and I was going for a cozy, woodland, Christmas theme… way out of the box for me, but I do like the end result.

I hope you’re enjoying the series!!  I’ll be back tomorrow with another card… until then…