Welcome to my combination card for Make My Monday #180 and Sparkles Christmas Buddies #139. As you might know, MMM challenge run for two weeks and the Sparkles challenge runs for the month. For the MMM challenge our host, Jackie, chose spotlighting a technique. Helen, our host for Sparkles, chose the sentiment as a focal point. I combined them by creating a monochromatic Balmy Blue Christmas card. When you finish here, I hope you will visit each of the challenge sites to see what the rest of the design team members created.
Here’s my card:
- The Balmy Blue base measures 8-1/2 by 5-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches.
- I used the Sale-a-Bration FREE Silver and Gold 6 x 6 specialty paper and trimmed it to 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches. I trimmed another piece of the specialty paper to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap.
- I cropped the Balmy Blue sentiment panel using the Stylish Shapes dies.
- The last measurement needed is for the white panel on the inside of the card. I trimmed that to 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
- That’s all for the measurements.
The Technique and Sentiment:
- The silver and gold specialty paper comes with a white background. I used a blending brush and Balmy Blue ink to color the DSP. In the past, I’d used a brayer and ink to color specialty designer paper. Using the blending brush creates a soft background onto which more ink can be laid if desired. It’s difficult to see in the photo, but the blending brush adds a soft texture to the ink on the white paper.
- I also colored the specialty paper for the envelope flap.
- The sentiment comes from the Hope and Peace stamp set, found in the current mini-catalog. It’s a beautiful stamp set and I love the graceful script font. I stamped it using VersaMark on a piece of Balmy Blue cardstock. Then, I added silver embossing powder and heat set it with my heat tool. I put dimensonals under the sentiment panel.
- Next, I added two of the wonderful snowflakes to the specialty paper carefully using multipurpose liquid glue. Then, I added the sentiment panel to the specialty paper.
- Since I wanted to add some sparkle to the specialty paper edges. I outlined them using the clear Wink of Stella pen.
- The Balmy Blue double-stitched ribbon can be a bit stiff at first. I ran it through my fingers like I would with curling ribbon before tying it in a bow.
- In order to accommodate for the ribbon, I added dimensionals under the specialty paper and adhered it to the base of the card.
- Finally, I added 7 rhinestones randomly on the front of the card.
- After stamping the inside, I’d finished this card and coordinated envelope.
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