Over at the Jingle Belles Blog, a blog dedicated solely to Christmas cards, Stef and Lauren want us to create a card WITHOUT any DSP/pattern paper. No problem! The Paper Players are having a Christmas in July challenge this week, awesome! And last but not least, Merry Monday is doing things a bit differently this month and instead of weekly sketches its an "Anything Goes" challenge, link up any Christmas card you make for the month of July.
One of my very favorite things to see on windows at Christmas are wreaths. Growing up in New England it was very popular but the farther west I came it didn't seem as prevalent and here in Alaska I don't see it very often either. As I put my card together I just pictured the old colonial homes back east, draped with beautiful live wreaths for the season.
The wreath is popped up with dimensionals, and I added Xmas Red Stickles to the wreath. The background was embossed to look like wood and I sponged it to get darker spots, like aged wood might have on the side of a house. I also sponged the wreath, bow and window. I wanted the wreath to be the main focus but didn't want the "inside" of the window to look blank, so I stamped a scene that one might see if walking by a house, a wreath partially blocking the view.
I'm really happy with the way this turned out and I think tomorrow I'm going to crank out several more of these cards!
Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Welcome Christmas(retired), Seasons Greetings(inside sentiment, not pictured, retired)
Paper: Not Quite Navy(retired), Soft Suede, Old Olive, Riding Hood Red(retired), Naturals White
Ink: Not Quite Navy(retired), Old Olive, Riding Hood Red(retired), Soft Suede
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Distressed Stripes EF, Grand Madison Window Die, Xmas Red Stickles, sponge, dimensionals