Hope you’re enjoying this weeks’ design team challenges! And… if you like layers, this is the one for you! The Stampin’ Queens Sketch Challenges feature layers, and more layers! LOL… and today I snuck in an extra one too!
Today’s card features the lovely “Pines and Poinsettias” stamp set. LOL, just a couple days ago I was sharing THIS CARD with my friend Eva. She asked me why they called it Pines and Poinsettias. I’d never thought about it, but she has a valid point. There is only one poinsettia image in the stamp set, and that image also has a rose in it! I hadn’t really thought about it before, but I suppose it should be called “Pines and Poinsettia” (singular)…
At least there ARE two pine cones! Here’s my challenge card:In today’s SQSC05 challenge card, the glittery polka dot patterned paper came from the Holly Berry Bouquet Specialty Designer Series Paper Pack, and Red Glimmer Paper was used for layer accents too. I’m loving the new Glimmer Papers… not only do they add a LOT of sparkle to my projects, but I don’t look like I’ve taken a bath in glitter at the end of a busy crafting day!
Look at the photo above… what’s the very FIRST thing you noticed?
My guess is the pretty pine cones stamped on a scalloped oval punch out. The pine cones were colored with a chocolate chip stampin’ write marker, and then I went around the edges with the brush tip of an early espresso stampin’ write marker to give them some depth.
The process was also repeated with berries and leaves, using an old olive marker and always artichoke marker on the leaves and real red along with a cherry cobbler marker on the berries. Just before stamping the image, I also gave the marker’d image a huff of warm, moist breath to re-moisten it.
LOL… and those are not dots along the edge of the focal image scallops, they’re piercings made with a mat pack and paper piercing tool. I just eye-balled where the holes should be. Close up, it it looks a little funny doesn’t it?
The tiny “Merry Christmas” greeting is from the Petite Pairs stamp set, and was punched out using the decorative label punch twice at the narrow end of the punch. After the first punch is made, it’s easily re-inserted into the punch by placing it on a post it note… confusing isn’t it?
LOL, kind of hard to explain in text. I learned the technique from my friend Patty Bennett, who learned it from Jan Tink and Wendy Weixler. You can view Patty’s easy to follow video tutorial for this designer label punch technique here. The glittery red glimmer paper behind the greeting is just a Scalloped Oval Punch cut in half.
TWO textured impressions embossing folders were used in today’s challenge card: Elegant Lines and Petals-A-Plenty. The Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder has been out there a while, it was featured in a holiday mini catalog a year or so ago I use it all year long, the pattern is supposed to be poinsettias… but they could be daisies too, don’t you think?
When I first layered the narrow taffeta ribbon onto Chantilly Lace, it just didn’t seem to have enough presence… so I added two layers of the real red taffeta instead, and then tied the pretty Holly Berry Bouquet Designer Button with the ribbon as well.
The button bow is going to give this card a higher profile… When I mail a card like this, I usually add a thin layer of fun foam cut 4.25” x 5.5” to fit atop the face of the card. The fun foam is really light, and doesn’t add much weight. Actually, the card, envelope AND fun foam weigh in at 1 ounce on the nose! (YES, I have a REAL postage scale at home )
Unfortunately, the profile and button bow are going to require special handling at the USPS… so that will also mean extra postage too, so this Christmas Card will have to go to someone very special, or be hand-delivered!
Here’s the sketch challenge prompt for this week’s Stampin’ Queens challenge…Be sure to visit the Stampin’ Queens Sketch Challenge Blog page to see the gorgeous cards made by the other team members, and then come play along with us! You know the drill…
- Scan or Photograph your project.
- Upload to your blog, be sure to use the challenge code SQSC4, and copy the URL of the blog post OR
- Upload to an online forum or photo site, be sure to use the challenge code SQSC4 (splitcoaststampers, photobucket, flickr, stampin’ addicts, etc.… ) and copy the URL of your entry.
- Visit the Stampin’ Queens Sketch Challenge Blog to add the URL of your entry using the linky tool at the bottom of the SQSC4 challenge post.
Stamps and Supplies Used in Todays…
SQSC05 Red Glimmer Paper and Pine Cones Card:
Pines and Poinsettias Petite Pairs
Card Stock and Papers:
Old Olive Soft Suede Riding Hood Red Very Vanilla Holly Berry Bouquet Specialty DSP Red Glimmer Paper
Classic Ink and/or Stampin’ Write Markers:
Always Artichoke Early Espresso Cherry Cobbler Old Olive Chocolate Chip Real Red
Big Shot Machine and Textured Impressions Embossing Folders:
Petals-A-Plenty Elegant Lines
Mat Pack paper piercing tool Holly Berry Bouquet Designer Series Buttons Real Red Narrow (1/8”) Taffeta Ribbon Chantilly Lace Stampin’ Dimensionals Designer Label Punch Scallop Oval Punch
All supplies used in today’s card are exclusive Stampin’ Up! products and are available at my online Stampin’ Up! Store where you can order online 24/7 and have your exclusive products delivered right to your door!
See you tomorrow with a new challenge from the Creative-Sketches crew!