There is a new challenge up on the Global Design Project Blog and this week it is a sketch challenge.
I took the heart from the sketch as inspiration and used the Hearts Mask (Hearts and Stars Decorative Masks available as a Weekly Deal until 15th December … just $3.75 for both masks) to create a background.
Why I used green ink (Wild Wasabi) for hearts is something only a good psychiatrist could probably answer, but I guess I had it in the back of my mind that this would be a Christmas Card. That didn’t pan out obviously, but I ploughed on with the green theme!
I used the Perfect Pennants stamp set (Wood Mount or Clear Mount) because I was looking for an open border image to use across the top of the hearts … white embossing makes the dots stand out against an already busy background of hearts. I embossed the stripey banner on white card with white embossing powder and then sponged over the top with Wild Wasabi ink. Don’t forget to “polish” with paper towel to take the green ink off the embossing to highlight the white stripes.
The tag is created with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch … I stamped the greeting with Wild Wasabi ink and quickly embossed with clear powder. Even though Stampin’ Up! Classic Inks are a dye based ink, when you use a smooth cardstock like Whisper White and you work quickly, you can achieve a light embossed effect …. it just adds a little bit of texture and pop to greetings.
Speaking of POP, I was inspired by Louise Sharp’s little blue bird on her Red and White Xmas card for this week’s challenge and used a Rose Red punched heart (Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack) to break up the monotone of green, green, green. And adding a scattering of small hearts punched from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper finishes this card off and adds a little bit of bling.
Luckily, I love green! I think I will have to very carefully select the recipient for this card though … not everyone will appreciate the idiosyncrasy of green hearts! 😉