Saturday, 7 January 2017

CCT - Sketch ....

.... Good morning! I do hope that you've all recovered from your holiday celebrations. It always seems to me that it takes ages to get all the preparations done and then Christmas is gone in an instance!

The purpose of our challenges at our revamped Christmas Card Throwdown is to help in your preparations. Get a head start on the season by joining us on the first and third Saturday of each month, where we will provide you a variety of challenges including colours, themes, sketches, techniques and stash to help in your creative process.

The first challenge this year is a sketch - CCT01. It's quite a simple sketch - you can flip it, turn it, keep it very CAS or go full shabby chic - the choice is yours. However, we must be able to see the sketch in your finished card. Here's my take on the sketch:

Warm Winter Wishes - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Scandi Doodle Christmas, Flurries; Stampin' Up! - Wonderland; Visible Image - Rays of Light
Inks: SU - Soft Sky, Crushed Curry; Versafine - Onyx Black; Memento - Tuxedo Black
Accessories: White Luste Card; Tim Holtz Watercolour Card; Clear Embossing Powder; Zig Clean Colour Brushes; Spectrum Noir Sparkle - Clear; Copics

This card is not the one I had planned! I was going to create an envelope, but going through my stash of stamps I found this wonderful Christmas tree stamp and decided to use that instead. I stamped the image on watercolour card and heat embossed with clear powder. I used my Zig Clean Colour brushes and an aqua brush to colour the image. I find using watercolour paint a bit difficult, but using these pens gives a similar result and, for me, are much easier to use! I did use my clear Spectrum Noir sparkle brush to move some of the colours so the image has a lovely shimmer - sadly not visible above! Once the image was dry I fussy cut it out. I stamped some pale snowflakes all over the base of the card and added a star burst image behind the star. I ran the tree image through my Xyron to make it self-adhesive and then attached it to the card. On the inside I cut a mat layer of pale blue card. On the white panel I stamped a few more images from the Scandi Doodle set (this set is discontinued) and coloured them with a mixture of Copics and Zig Clean Colour. I finished by adding a simple sentiment.

Warm Winter Wishes inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsWarm Winter Wishes sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I took a close-up photo of the tree so you can see the details and, hopefully, a bit of the shimmer:

Warm Winter Wishes detail - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Do visit our blog, Christmas Card Throwdown, to see our lovely new look and to see more inspiration cards from our newly expanded design team. Don't forget to visit them and leave some comments - we all love to receive them. As we now have challenges twice a month, it means you have longer to play. Deadline for submission to this challenge is midnight Friday 20th January, that's 7.00pm EDT.

I'm submitting this card to Love to Craft Challenge Blog - LTCCB#06 where it's ANYTHING GOES. I like this blog as you can submit any type of crafty project - it's worth a look! That's all for now!



Lucinda said...

Oh wow, such a great tree Deborah, and I love your funky colours. Thanks for showing the inside as well - I'm going to try to do inserts for cards this year (instead of doing them en masse in December!) although haven't done one for my first card yet!

April Cheetham said...

New Year Deborah! What a gorgeous Christmas tree - really lovely. Also loving your hair! I had some violet streaks put in before Christmas but they are just far too subtle I think. Back to the hairdresser soon demanding more! :-) Xx

Andreja L. said...

Such a stunning card, Deborah :-))
I like yoor tree and your fantastic colouring.
Hugs, Andreja

fabiola jaques said...

elle est trop belle Déborah, que de magnifiques détails magnifiquement mis en valeur, biz

AlisonC said...

A beautiful tree which must have been good fun to colour. Perfect for this sketch. I agree about Christmas, over in a flash. I'm just trying to wind myself back up to speed now!

Ek Gorman said...

Your tree is so beautifully colored. Great start to your Christmas card stash.

Kajcyika said...

This is so beautiful Deborah! I love all the colors you used :)

Charmaine Stack said...

Happy New Year, Deborah! This is stunning - the sparkle shows up in the close ups.Nice to see the WMS stamps still in action. I am inspired!

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