We have a color challenge this week at the Global Design Project challenge blog. I think these colors are perfect for a vintage Christmas card.
When I first saw the Christmas Magic stamp set, I fell in love with this beautiful jingle bell. This set reminds me so much of the Christmas classic "Polar Express" with it's train, bell, and sentiments. However, I decided to go a slightly different direction and pair it with the Oh, What Fun stamp set. When you look at this card, can't you just hear "jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way...OH WHAT FUN it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh!" Please forgive my singing! ;)
I started with Shimmery White cardstock and stamped the sentiment first, then randomly stamped the bells in Archival Basic Black. Next, I gave a light watercolor wash to the background with Crumb Cake ink refill using an AquaPainter. I let it dry completely before moving to the next step. I also water-colored the bells with Crumb Cake ink but it took several layers to give them a spherical appearance.
Next, I tackled those pesky bows. Stampin' Up! has a new set of watercolor pencils coming out in January, but I don't have them yet...sigh! So, I had to cheat a little here and I used a Derwent Inktense ink pencil (Poppy Red #0400) along with a blender pen. I thought things looked a little to sparse, so I used an Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker to flick splatters onto the background. Finally, I sponged the edges (of literally everything on this card) to complete the vintage feel. I mounted it on a Really Red cardstock panel and finally on a top-folding Crumb Cake card base covered with Candy Cane Lane DSP. I really wanted to keep this card easy to mail, so I resisted the temptation to add anything more...you gotta know that was difficult for me...LOL!
We would love to have you play along with us this week. Be sure to check out what the other talented designers/players have created for this fun challenge at the Global Design Project Challenge Blog.
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