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Thursday, 14 January 2016

The first card of the year

Happy New Year!

It's the first 52 Christmas Card Throwdown challenge of 2016, a sketch challenge.

52CC Sketch


I've had a difficult week, and been away a lot, but I didn't want to miss the first card of the year, so I fell back on my stash of Christmas papers and some dies for a simple make.

Christmas card with holly wreath, bird and Noel tag



The wreath is a spellbinders die; I cut it twice to try different patterns. The one I didn't like was a double sided paper, and serendipitously the brown reverse works well as a "shadow" effect under the green wreath, to make it stand out from the background.

The bird is a Tattered Lace die; it comes with a flowery wreath, but I hope that by cutting it in a red pattern and pairing it with the holly wreath it suggests a robin, or at least has a Christmassy feel.

The tag I made as I couldn't find a sentiment that fitted. I designed a page of Christmas sentiments in different fonts and colours, in Word, and printed it out on card.

Printed sheet of Christmas sentiments


I cut the Noel out with a small tag die, and coloured it with antique linen distress ink, then edged it with vintage photo. The rest will go into the stash for now. I also edged the backing paper with vintage photo distress ink.

I used a small piece of string to "attach" the tag, and used foam pads to mount the tag, wreath and bird for dimension.

It all went onto a 5x7 card base.

So there you have it, my first Christmas card of 2016. Approximately 9 months earlier than I've ever managed before!

Christmas card with holly wreath, bird and Noel tag



6 comments:

  1. Such a clean thake on the sketch. Love it! :)
    Thanks for playing with us at 52CCT! Hope you will join us again. Kaja

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    1. Thanks Kaja. Congrats on joining the design team. I'm hoping to play along most weeks this year and have a good stash of cards before Christmas for once!

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  2. I think this is super. I do like the way you've used the design papers and it's still so clean and simple. Glad we could get your stash off to a good start. Thanks so much for playing along with our sketch challenge at 52CCT this week!

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    1. Thank you Deborah. A good start, as you say. Your colour challenge is proving harder, but I've had a fun play with lots of backgrounds today. So hopefully one of those will become card two!

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  3. Thank you for joining in this week at 52{C}CT - what a beautiful card and a fab take on our sketch this week - Jacqueline xx

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    1. Thanks Jacqueline, glad you like it.

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