I decided to take a break from all of the fall-themed cards that I’ve been working on lately to create one of my favorites – Christmas! This stamp and die bundle was in the Holiday Mini catalog last year, and I was thrilled that it carried over into the Annual catalog this year. I love the options with this set, and the greetings are wonderful. For this card I decided to color with my Stampin’ Blends. It’s been a while since I had a good coloring session, and it was so relaxing to sit for a little time coloring the various layers of these flowers and leaves. At first I was thinking that I would make a batch of these cards to add to my stash, but decided that this will be a singleton. It was quite a bit of coloring, and that’s very time consuming for mass production. So, this will be part of my samples for now, and eventually will go to someone special to celebrate the Holidays.
My card design was inspired by the current challenge from the Global Design Project. I really like this inspiration card, and I really wanted to emulate it to participate. At first I was thinking I would create a Fall card with leaves since we’re in that season, but then I decided that I really wanted to get some Christmas on.
I used one of the stamps from Tasteful Touches for some background to emulate the watercolor/brick look on the inspiration card. I have to say that I’m pleased that I thought of that (if I do say so myself). I encourage you to try CASE’ing a card that you love. CASE means Copy And Stamp Entirely (or Everything). It’s a great way to get the creative juices flowing and there’s no shame in it. I also encourage you to get creative with it; if you don’t have all of the stamps or accessories, look in your stash for something that you can substitute. There are no card-making police, and you can take inspiration where you find it. The only thing is if you are sharing your project online, and you’ve directly copied someone, please give credit to the original creator. That’s just good manners.