Thursday, 23 June 2011

Waltzingmouse Christmas Card Challenge ....

... I've been busy catching up with these challenges - see yesterday's post for full details.  I've finally made my set of three cards using the colours red, white and kraft for the March challenge - WMSCCC03.  When I saw the colours I knew what I wanted to make, but it's taken me ages to do it.  So here they are:

Red, white and kraft always remind me of Scandinavian Christmas colours.  There's also a very homespun and folksy feel to Scandinavian decorations.  I decided to use kraft card for the base.  Onto that I stamped the lovely cross-stitch star from the Secret Santa set in bright red.  I added some white snowflakes on top the stars.  On the first card I stamped the star in white pigment ink and embossed with clear powder, but it was a bit washed out (middle of the photo above).  So for the other two cards I stamped the snowflake in Versamark and embossed with detail white powder - a much stronger and clearer image.  For the main image I settled on the little Christmas tree from the Nutcracker Sweet set - mind I nearly went for the stitched tree from Sewing Box - Christmas.  I put both stamps on a large block, inked them with Versamark and then did the tree in Crumb Craft and the sentiment in Real Red.  I embossed the final image with clear embossing powder.  I cut the mats and toppers with my rectangular nesties and to complete the image I added a red gem to the star on the tree.  I'm really pleased with this set. 

Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Secret Santa Set, Join Us, Nutcracker Sweet
Inks:  Versamark; Stampin' Up! - Real Red, Crumb Craft, White
Spellbinders:  Classic Rectangles Lg (S4-132) die # 5; Classic Scalloped Rectangles Lg (S4-133) die #5
Accessories:  Card, mirri board, embossing powder from stash

I'm still trying to come up with a design for the card that my brother-in-law wants for his Anniversary.  It's really tough to make this one as he wants to have a picture of my sister, Tracey, and him on the card.  He's settled on the picture I used for her "In Memory" card.  So you can see why it's hard to make.  But I will do them both proud :)

That's all for now.  I've still got two more cards to make for the WMS Christmas Card Challenges - April and June - so I'll be back later.  Have a great day - the sun is actually shining here and it's almost like summer, but without the heat!!


Kim Singdahlsen said...

This does have such a Scandinavian feel to it...the background is lovely.

Stamps and Paper said...

Lovely cards Deborah...its a pretty tree love your background.


{Lynn - that's me!} said...

Wow, Deb....this are amazing. Love the background you have adds so much dimension and interest. Awesome job.

Paula said...

The background is first rate - I find white pigment ink hard to handle too. I love the way you've placed the design & the elegance of the whole. The colours are just brilliant & the cross stitch is utterly Scandinavian - that's it was almost taken for granted that girls do in crafting terms when I was a child in Sweden.
Paula (PEP)

Mona L. Pendleton said...

What a darling collection Deb! Love the little red rhinestone! Thanks for joining along with the WMSC :)

Stella said...

Scandinavina designs are one of my favorites too. There is beauty in the simplicity of their designs but it also has something warm and cozy. I just love that.
And you captured that feeling in your cards in a wonderful way. Fabulous!

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