This week's Merry Monday challenge is to create a Christmas card featuring critters with this inspiration photo:
Cute little critter plus snow meant only one thing: the ice skating penguin from a retired Close to My Heart set, Winter Wishes. I embossed him with clear detail powder to help him pop, colored him with a ShinHan marker, and while I was coloring, colored a bitty sparkle to give him a sparkle butt. Amy Kiger would be so proud! I wanted to use this sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and pop up the center panel like several of the designers did. They call them inspiration projects for a reason...
There was one problem. I wanted to make a border using use a strip cut from Snowhaven which had black on each side. I was concerned that with the center popped up, you would be able to see the edge of the border if I used a white card base. The solution was to use a black card base. To keep the white core from showing I ran the edges of the borders across a black ink pad. This is what the card looked like without the center panel:
To make the center panel I used the Cricut Design Space to cut the opening and then embossed it using a folder by Darice. Anytime I am going to emboss a shape or something with an opening I always do all the cutting first so that I can position the paper in the embossing folder so that the embossed design compliments the shape. That is how I got the snowflakes to dance around the opening. I cut a red and white strip for the horizontal element but decided it was too much red and and that a strip with black and white and a touch of red would work better. Rather than waste the first piece, I used it on the inside:
I used ShinHan markers to put black dots at the center of the flowers and color the ornament and a chalk marker in the ornament's center. This helped integrate the colors.
This card was also an opportunity to relive my childhood and play Tic-Tac-Toe with the ladies over at Heart 2 Heart Challenges:
Sketch plus Cricut plus embossing gives me three in a row horizontally. This might even be a two way if you consider that this card could be suitable for a guy.
Now I have two Christmas cards ready for next year. Thank you for stopping by! Now why don't you visit Merry Monday, Freshly Made Sketches and Heart 2 Heart for some inspiration and maybe enter them yourself? I would love to see your work! Until next time, Hansi
Materials used, all Close to My Heart unless otherwise noted:
Paper: Snowhaven, Black, White Daisy, and Cranberry cardstock
Ink: Black pigment and dye inks, Black and Carmine ShinHan markers
Stamp: Winter Wishes (retired)
Embellishments: Bitty Sparkle, red baker's twine from Michael's, black button (retired)
Other: Snowflake embossing folder by Darice, Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge