Thursday, 14 January 2016

The first card of the year

Happy New Year!

It's the first 52 Christmas Card Throwdown challenge of 2016, a sketch challenge.

52CC Sketch

I've had a difficult week, and been away a lot, but I didn't want to miss the first card of the year, so I fell back on my stash of Christmas papers and some dies for a simple make.

Christmas card with holly wreath, bird and Noel tag

The wreath is a spellbinders die; I cut it twice to try different patterns. The one I didn't like was a double sided paper, and serendipitously the brown reverse works well as a "shadow" effect under the green wreath, to make it stand out from the background.

The bird is a Tattered Lace die; it comes with a flowery wreath, but I hope that by cutting it in a red pattern and pairing it with the holly wreath it suggests a robin, or at least has a Christmassy feel.

The tag I made as I couldn't find a sentiment that fitted. I designed a page of Christmas sentiments in different fonts and colours, in Word, and printed it out on card.

Printed sheet of Christmas sentiments

I cut the Noel out with a small tag die, and coloured it with antique linen distress ink, then edged it with vintage photo. The rest will go into the stash for now. I also edged the backing paper with vintage photo distress ink.

I used a small piece of string to "attach" the tag, and used foam pads to mount the tag, wreath and bird for dimension.

It all went onto a 5x7 card base.

So there you have it, my first Christmas card of 2016. Approximately 9 months earlier than I've ever managed before!

Christmas card with holly wreath, bird and Noel tag


  1. Such a clean thake on the sketch. Love it! :)
    Thanks for playing with us at 52CCT! Hope you will join us again. Kaja

    1. Thanks Kaja. Congrats on joining the design team. I'm hoping to play along most weeks this year and have a good stash of cards before Christmas for once!

  2. I think this is super. I do like the way you've used the design papers and it's still so clean and simple. Glad we could get your stash off to a good start. Thanks so much for playing along with our sketch challenge at 52CCT this week!

    1. Thank you Deborah. A good start, as you say. Your colour challenge is proving harder, but I've had a fun play with lots of backgrounds today. So hopefully one of those will become card two!

  3. Thank you for joining in this week at 52{C}CT - what a beautiful card and a fab take on our sketch this week - Jacqueline xx


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