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Friday, March 25, 2016

Christmas Musing in March

Two of my talented friends are getting together with some Christmas inspiration... Emily is the guest Muse for Ardyth's Muse: ChristmasVisions challenge this week! I'm practically obligated to play along. ;) Here is Emily's fun inspiration card: 



So much in this card to be inspired by! Having no yetis, I looked to: the deer in the trees; the use of patterned paper; the varied colours of the evergreens; the gold cord; and the overall clean design. Emily's little jar scenes are very similar to a stamp I have, so that was my starting point. Here's my finished card: 



I think it's easy to see why I pulled out this particular stamp! I really wanted to duplicate the shades of green that Emily used for her trees, but having all of them on one stamp made it a little trickier. After inking the whole stamp with Versamark (both to make sure my inks stayed juicy as I played, and so I could heat emboss), I used sponge daubers to ink the trees in three different greens and the deer in brown. I was able to curve a cling stamp enough to echo the line of trees. And of course I messed up trying to put the sentiment right on the panel! I kind of like the curved panel I had to use to cover up my mistake. It barely shows in the photo above, but you can see it here a little better: 



I brushed a little Wink of Stella along the curved edge, as well. Rather than try to match the brown of the deer in cardstock, I just sponged the edges of a white panel with the same ink. 
It's great to start building up a small stash of Christmas cards so early in the year! Maybe you'll be inspired by Emily's card to play along, too. 


Supplies: white cardstock, Echo Park Dots & Stripes Metropolitan patterned paper, Memory Box Deer in the Field & Stampin' Up Winter Memories stamps, Versamark & iced spruce, peeled paint, evergreen bough & ground espresso distress inks, clear & pirate's gold embossing powders, My Favorite Things blueprints 24 & Paper Smooches borders 1 dies, Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen, May Arts white & gold twine

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11 comments:

Annie said...

Your Christmas projects are so beautiful....love the trees and stunning deer

Tfs Annie x

Dotty Jo x said...

Great card, love the sweet scene you've created, Jo x

Barbara Godden said...

Lovely scene you have built, gorgeous card, nice to get a jump start for holiday season!!

Ardyth said...

This is gorgeous, Lindsey! Love the variation in the greens on the trees and your 'extra' hill - I would call that a 'design opportunity' that worked out perfectly! So glad you joined us at MCV this week!

Pam A said...

What an adorable scene you have created. Very pretty card.

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Such a pretty scene you created! Love it! Happy Easter to you, Lindsey and I just made you have 100 followers, woot woot!

Jenni's Jems said...

Love how you have managed to curve your sentiment to the shape of your hills! beautiful x

Tracey McNeely said...

Lindsey such a gorgeous card. I love that you took it from a cute and funny card to classy and very elegant!

Jacquie Southas said...

Lovely, serene scene!

conil said...

Love the clean simplicity of your card. Beautiful and peaceful.

Emily Leiphart said...

LOL about being obliged to play! :P I love your clean and classic approach to my hilarious and over-whelming design. Hahaha. BTW, I love your new blog banner! Thanks so much for playing along with Muse Christmas Visions!