I'm a sucker for Christmas stamp sets, so this was a great addition to my collection. I love all of the images and they match perfectly with our new paper pack called "Pear & Partridge". It seems like Close To My Heart alternates between traditional and more modern Christmas paper packs each Winter and this year is back to a more traditional look with Cranberry Red and a darker New England Ivy Green. I tend to lean towards the more modern colors and designs myself, but I do like a little bit of traditional as well.
Here is the card I created using "Merry & Bright":
Isn't that new Burlap Ribbon great? I love it and I've used it with several of the new paper packs, it looks great with all of them so far.
For this swap we're supposed to use at least one technique as well. I used a couple different techniques. I did one called "rock n' roll" on the partridge. First I stamped the bird in Cashmere ink, then I rolled just the top edge in Cranberry ink (while the Cashmere ink was still on there) and then stamped on the paper to get that color fade.
I also did some paper piecing on my card. I'm a bit addicted to "fussy cutting", so I stamped my bird both on the card itself and on a separate piece of cardstock and then cut that one out by hand and adhered it over the image I stamped on the card already. I also did the same thing with the Cranberry Red bow on the top of the wreath.
The last technique I did was just coloring with our new alcohol based markers. I colored in those five little flowers on the wreath before I added a cute little sparkle to the center. And if you haven't used an alcohol based marker before, you're gonna love it, the color goes down like butter and leaves no streaks - yay!
I had to duplicate this card 26 times, but it wasn't too bad. The hand cutting of the partridge and bow were a little time consuming, but I did them while watching tv, so not a problem. The other shapes were cut using one of our exclusive Cricut cartridges called "Art Philosophy", it does all the work for you. :)
Here's a closer look at the paper piecing. You can see I popped the partridge up with a little dimensional foam adhesive.
I also stamped a Christmas sentiment on the inside of the card and added another little bird down in the corner - easy peasy.
Here's a complete list of all items used to make this card. You can click on each one to find the item on my website:
- C1510 Merry & Bright stamp set
- X7162B Pear & Partridge Paper Pack
- 1388 Colonial White cardstock
- 1282 New England Ivy cardstock
- Z2116 Cranberry stamp pad
- Z2135 New England Ivy stamp pad
- Z2175 Cashmere stamp pad
- Z2419 Cranberry marker
- Z1760 Burlap Ribbon
- Z1263 Bitty Sparkles
- Z1763 Boutique Assortment
- Z1686 Cricut Art Philosophy
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