Happy New Year!
I can't believe it's the first 52 Christmas Card Throwdown challenge of 2021.
I hope you'll join us through the year to build up a selection of cards ready to send to your loved ones when we reach the next festive season.
Andreja is our first host for this year, and here is the sketch she has chosen:
I got an oval frame die for Christmas so had to use that!
I started with cutting the oval inner, and inking with iced spruce distress oxide.
I cut trees and a deer with dies, and inked the deer with frayed burlap.
I put a little scene together, the decided the "sky" was too plain. So I covered the other areas over, flicked water on and blotted, for a dappled faux bleach for some interest.
I cut the frame twice and layered up together for depth.
The sentiment I simply stamped onto a scrap in iced spruce, then layered onto card inked with frayed burlap.
For my base, I inked card in the frayed burlap again. It is identical to my kraft card so I could have used that, but wanted the smoother finish.
I inked a wood grain embossing folder with the iced spruce and ran the inked card through.
Plan A was to use string around the base for the green part of the sketch. This raised one side of the oval up a lot. I tried adding foam pads to lift the other side (plan B) but didn't like the effect. So I took the string and foam pads away and plan C was a flat card, relying on the wood grain for the vertical element.
This ended up with quite a Scandi feel, I like the crisp lines and soft colours (I tried to add brighter/more colours but they just wouldn't work!)
To join us and kick off your Christmas card stash for 2021, head over to our 52CCT blog. You have until Friday 8th January to enter.