as well as a round robin destash swap over on PCP
this month with a 'Christmas in JULY' theme.
I hadn't completed a Christmas card myself yet,
so when I seen a challenge posted by another member
I decided this was the time.
I haven't done many sketch challenges before,
I'm sure I can count the ones I've done on my one hand
if even that. I did a sketch challenge just the day before,
so I guess when I do things and the first project turns out
pleasing to me - I go for broke.
Now I'm on a roll with sketch challenges. LOL : )
The sketch challenge details were posted
and I had to keep refering back to the diagram
to be sure I had it right.
Not as easy as it looks even with a diagram. LOL ; )
- To me the sketch diagram looked like a ribbon wrapped gift. It had a center image with a strip of paper/ribbon coming off each side of the image to the edge of the paper resembling a ribbon wrapped gift. So I set off to find just the right image that would reflect the theme I now had in my head ( A ribbon wrapped gift) however that was going to play out on my card. I had a few ideas in mind. I settled on this image 'LUV IT' and went to town coloring it up. Stamped image is a Gruffie available here @ the HOUSE MOUSE official website. I don't have many copic markers so I used a combination of copics, stamp markers and a silver gel pen (used on the hub caps and window frames) for color. Blending where I could. I think it works.
- Next I took the image and put it against a few different sheets of patterned papers till I could make a decision on which one to cut. Decision made I had to make a big card because the image itself was quite large. I hate to use a piece of patterned paper only to see the very edges peeking out the sides, but it had to be done. LOL
- Now that I had the image and the patterned paper cut to size I backed the image with colored card to help it stand out against the background and also to follow along with the sketch design for the challenge.
- It needed a little extra colored card showing under the image. Here the sketch diagram showed a sentiment. I ran a strip of red card through my MS snowflake edge punch and created a double sided snowflake strip much like a piece of ribbon. I glued it down under the main image and topped it off with layer card with a stamped sentiment: 'Happy Holidays!' Finishing with a red rhinestones for bling on either side of the sentiment.
- Before I gued down the main image I glued down more strips of the paper snowflake ribbon I made. Again I followed the sketch diagram to get the ribbon placed in the right spots.
- Finaly I made a card base for my patterned paper and image to be paired with. I settled on a solid color and cut a 12x12 sheet down to 6x12 and scored and folded it to make a 6x6 card.
I like the BIG size of my card and I know who ever gets it for Christmas will love it too! I think it's one of my favorite color combinations for Christmas cards lately. : )