It's only 10 days until Christmas and there are so many Christmas cards I still want to make! Actually, there are so many Christmas stamps I want to use to make into cards! The stamps I used tonight to make the "deer" card came from the same set I used to make this Santa card.
"Jingle All The Way" is such a cute set made by My Favorite Things. I just love it! The deer I used on my card goes along with the Santa Claus stamps in it so well. However, I wanted to make a card that just featured the little deer because it is so cute on it's own.
I used a sketch challenge from My Favorite Things to design my card.
This sketch let me feature the deer in the pinking circle with the words right next to it to make the little guy the main feature.
My colors may seem a big strange for a Christmas card. I certainly could have used the typical red, white, and green instead of beiges and browns. I got this idea from The Card Concept.
The 25th Challenge at The Card Concept was to make a project based on the photo above. I did this in several ways. First, the photo above speaks to me in that it is warm and cozy. It makes you feel safe and comfortable. My deer card features the same warm and cozy colors both in the picture and featured on the side. The colors are soft and inviting in the photo and soft and inviting in my card. Just like you want to snuggle up with a mug of hot chocolate in your coziest pjs, I want to snuggle with that sweet deer on my card. (He's a stuffed animal on my card and I have always loved sleeping with stuffed animals. I even started sleeping with a bear again during my back pain issues. TMI? Maybe!) If you look at the tray, you'll see repeating elements in the cinnamon sticks, star cookies, etc. My card has repeating elements as well, since I used the same deer stamp to make one of my background papers. There are also a lot of circles in the picture like the mug and the tray. Even though it comes from the sketch, my card has the pinking circle behind the deer and the circular elements of the scalloped border. Just like the tray has texture, I colored my deer smoothly with Copic markers and then used my blender pen to go back and remove some of the ink to give the little deer some texture. This photo also doesn't scream "CHRISTMAS" at me, but it certainly could be a picture used for Christmas. My deer card doesn't scream Christmas, either, but it can be used for Christmas and will be. I hope you can see how this photo although completely different from my card layout actually had a lot to do with the card's design.
Now for the hardest part- what category does my card fall into?
I would say it is clean and layered. This is what defines a clean and layered card.
lots of layers
(I made my own designer paper and embossed my sentiment)
clean and fresh looking
some colored images at times
Well, if you don't take white space literally that it must be white, but can be brown, then my card has white space-it's not all filled up with patterns and designs all over the whole card. The scalloped layer is just solid cardstock, as is the base of the card.
Do you agree that it's Clean and Layered?
If you go to The Card Concept, you can click on "The Styles Defined." There you can judge if I put my card in the right category or not. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think. I'm new at this card labeling so I'd like to have some feedback!
I know this post is long, but I wanted to share the inside of my card. Since it's on dark card stock, it would be hard to write on. The scallops on the inside match the ones on the out and now I have another cute little reindeer for the recipient. Surprise!
10 days, Stampers! Just 10 days! Get busy!
I used the following products to make this card:
Jingle All the Way Stamp Set by My Favorite Things
Crumb Cake and Early Espresso Classic Inks by Stampin' Up
Tuxedo Black Ink by Memento
Early Espresso Stampin' Emboss Powder by Stampin' Up
Pure Luxury Ivory Card Stock by Gina K
Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, and Early Espresso Card Stock by Stampin' Up
Starburst Framelits by Stampin' Up
Blueprints 2, Blueprints 13, Stitched Scallop Edges Borders and Pierced Fishtail Flag Die-namics by My Favorite Things
Scotch Double Sided Permanent Foam Tape by 3M