The countdown until Christmas has started for me! I’m in for my Christmas traditions but feel racing against time to finish all the traditions. Cards are the best christmas gift as the words make people smile whenever it’s read today or tomorrow. Always fashionable to give. One tradition is to create fifteenth christmas cards and give it to my friends on 23 Dec. There are so much to do in this creative journey. I don’t know how to begin. I browsed numerous scrapbooking websites and delighted to spot Global Design Project site and Stampin Up holiday catalog 2017. I think it’s love at first sight for their cards.
Amazing words such as “Cool”, “Yeah”, “Wow” are coming from my mouth when I saw this week designers project and the snazzy cards at Stampin Up holiday catalog 2017. Simplicity is beauty. Janneke De Jong’s lovely card captivated my eyes because of this reason. The colours are soothing and I love it. Hence, I thought I’d try the Global Design Project Challenge using the same theme.
For my project, I sticked to the same layout and same theme but decided to place my focal point slightly different. Everyone loves surprise as it is fun and excited. In the same vein, snow surprises people. Instead of developing a half-folded card that is run off the mill, I planned to create a swing card with the emphasise on snow, stimulating excitement for the card recipient.
Here’s the card I developed using embossing technique and Amercian Crafts the Snow and Cocoa embellishments.
Snow is one of the highlights in this card, Darice polka dot embossing folder and embossing powder were used to induce the snow effect. I embossed the polka dot on a white cardstock measures 4″(W) X 6″(H) and pressed the polka dot white cardstock on the embossing ink pad. After I sprinkled the white embossing powder over the white polka dot cardstock, I used a hair dryer to melt powder. I am happy with the embossing effect on the polka dot as it gives a different texture. Cotton wool was thereafter glued to the bottom.
I love the gold foil accents and the cute illustrations that are found on Snow and Cocoa ephemera. I thought it will be nice to match my card with the sentiment word – Let it snow since snow is the cornerstone of this card. I used Christmas tree accent as my main object to align with the designer layout, however, added birds on the cotton wool to stir up the fun. The cotton wool created depth and formed shadow. I really like the birds on the “fake” snow I purposely built. The birds that have fun seemed so surreal amidst the snow backdrop with their obvious shadow.
I didn’t want to use the flower ribbon initially. I selected it because the pastel blue is charming to create a card that is akin to this challenge designer card. I continued to be clueless how should I make use of the flower ribbon until I placed the sentiment title on the top. The top is somewhat bare maybe this flower ribbon can supplement the sentiment title. Thankfully, the pastel blue colour is too light to steal the limelight of the title with gold foil. I’m satisfied how it have beautifully layered above the title to achieve a soft look.
Finally, I punched two small holes on the white cardstock but only one hole on the camel brown cross patterned cardstock. I pierced two 1/2″ round gold paper fasteners into the hole. The right gold paper fastener is made for decorative purpose. The one on the left is to join the two cardstocks together so it can freely swing clockwise or anti-clockwise.
To create this card, you will need:
Darice Polka Dots Embossing Folder
Ranger Embossing Powder – Bridal Tinsel colour
Ranger Embossing Ink Pad
Heat It Craft Tool
Foam square adhesive
American Crafts the Snow and Cocoa Embellishment with Gold Foil Accents
1/2″ round gold paper fastener
We r Memory Keepers the record paper pack
Big Shot Machine
Spellbinders Nestabilities dies template
Need more great ideas of this challenge? Be sure to check out Global Design Project.