Saturday, 4 January 2014

Holly Joyful Wishes Card - 52 {C}CT Jan Sketch Challenge

It's a brand new year and at 52 {C}CT we have a brand new look, very smart!  We're starting off 2014 with a sketch challenge.


I rotated the sketch and made an A6 landscape oriented card using Riding Hood Red CS.  I wanted to use patterned paper for the diagonal lines of the layout so I chose my double sided paper first and cut the strips.  I embossed a piece of white CS with the Holly Ribbons folder and very lightly brayered Crumb Cake ink over the embossing - plus I I brayered the ink onto a separate piece of white CS for the sentiment.  The patterned paper has a distressed look and plain white CS looked too stark so I shabbied it up a wee bit to better match the paper.  I stamped the label and sentiment, die cut the label shape, popped up the label and added red gems.  To complete the card front I added some punched holly with red gems as berries.

I used the lovely holly paper again to decorate the inside of the card and the envelope.

It makes perfect sense to make Christmas cards right from the beginning of the year - imagine how happy you'll be to have a lovely stash of festive cards all ready come November!  So I hope you'll join us at 52 {C}CT for our first 2014 challenge and keep playing along throughout the year!  Please check out the cards made by the other DT members then go and get creative and share a card with us!

Stamps: SU! 'Joyful Christmas' set, SU! Basic Label stamp
CS: SU! Riding Hood Red, Always Artichoke & Whisper White

Patterned paper: Kaisercraft
Ink: SU! Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler & Always Artichoke
Tools:  SU! Apothecary Accents die, Cuttlebug Holly Ribbons embossing folder, XCut & Woodware holly punches, brayer
Embellishments & accessories: PaperMania red gems, 3D foam tape

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Mynnette said...

LOVE the new blog look, Ruth!!! It's gorgeous--did you have someone design it for you?!

This card is fabulous! LOVE the vintage feel and how you've distressed the dry embossing a bit! And your holly is amazing! HUGS and hope you're off to a great New Year! Mynn xx

Jacqueline said...

Hi Ruth - Happy New Year, LOVE the new look to your blog - your card is lovely too,a great idea to rotate the sketch - Jacqueline xx

Pia S said...

This is beautifully traditional, a lovely version of the sketch!

Danielle Vincent said...

LOVE how you flipped the sketch Ruth. Such an elegant card - really love the holly theme. Hugs D

Patricia H. said...

Ruth, you've done a fantastic job with the vintage look here, with the dry embossing and the ink distressing. I like that you rotated the sketch, too.
I hope your year is off to a wonderful start! :)

Deborah Frings said...

Love, love this card - the embossed background, the lovely paper and the die cut holly - all just fab! Love the envelope and inside too.

BTW - like the new look blog.