I have post wedding LOM (lack of mojo)! In an effort to find my mojo, I am looking to some of the challenge sites to get my design neurons firing.
The Global Design Project Challenge Blog is an interesting site, with different challenges each week. This week it is a colour challenge – Real Red, Old Olive, Crumb Cake.
Seeing as these are such Christmassy colours, I have jumped back into Christmas mode. Nothing like a bit of inconsistency! I call it Whimsy….
I have used Joyful Season Stamp Set (photopolymer). This is a two step stamping set which made colouring my Cardinal really quick and easy. Stamp the black outline and then stamp the shading over the top in Real Red ink. The bottom panel is the Hardwood background stamp (clear mount or wood mount) stamped directly onto the card with Old Olive ink and then sponged to add some shading.
The cardinal was fussy cut … nothing tricky here! I did chop off his legs … sorry cardinal!
The seam binding is Whisper White Seam Binding dyed with Old Olive ink. I just pressed the ribbon onto my Old Olive ink pad, which gives a delicious rich olive colour. If you prefer a lighter shade, mix a few drops of Old Olive reinker with water and soak up the colour with the seam binding. The more water, the lighter the ribbon colour.
The white dots bordering the top part of the card are created with a stamp from the same set and White Craft Ink … it is the shading stamp for the bough of berries. I didn’t use it for my berries though, I wanted a more intense red berry colour on the Crumb Cake card, so I coloured in the berries with my Real Red marker.
The greeting is also from Joyful Season set. I stamped the greeting in red in the centre of the strip of card. Then I stamped the others in black, but I stamped “A Christmas” at the bottom of the strip and “Wish For You” at the top, on both sides. Then I just trimmed off any stamping I didn’t want to show. Easy peasy, especially with the photopolymer stamps … dead easy to line up, and I really like the effect.
The Joyful Season stamp set is on page 29 of the Holiday Catalogue. I like Stamp Sets where the stamps will lend themselves to other projects during the year and this set fits the bill. I love the dots. Great textural stamp.
This one will discontinue on 4th January 2016, and is only available now while stocks last, so jump in quick and order if you would like to add it to your collection. Order using Hostess Code JMHCMH7A prior to 7th December and I will send you enough product to create 3 of this lovely card (stamped images not included).