The second Wednesday of the month means it is time for a new challenge at Christmas Craft Creations. This month our theme is Christmas Flowers. How you chose to incorporate that theme into your project is entirely up to you, so long as what you make is christmassy and has flowers as a focal element of the design.
I don’t seem to own any stamp sets that are specifically intended to be Christmas flowers, but I have several with flowers, and I decided that the Gina K set that came with the original wreath builder template would work nicely.
I started by stamping one of the ring elements onto a panel made from a large snippet of white card. I then found a circle die that matched the circumference (or at least as closely as I could manage) and die cut a mask so that I could make sure I would be stamping only within the area of the circle.
I chose Altenew’s Ruby Red ink for stamping the flowers, and with the help of my MISTI arranged and stamped them within the circle. I then switched to the leafy elements and stamped them with Simon Says Stamp’s Barely Beige ink.
Setting the stamped focal panel aside I worked on my card base. I went with a red card base, and added some embossed texture to it with the Tim Holtz Dot Matrix Texture Fade embossing folder. Per the sketch I’d chosen to (loosely) follow for the card I constrained the embossing to the lower right hand side of the card base. I then used double sided tape to adhere the stamped focal panel into place.
The final element I needed to add was a sentiment. I chose one from Art Impressions’ Merriest Christmas stamp set and heat embossed it in white onto a snippet of Neenah Desert Storm card stock. I used double sided tape to adhere the sentiment strip to the card base, completing the design.
My intention originally for this card was to create a wreath with the flowers. Despite the change of plan I’m very happy with how this card turned out. The colours work really nicely together, and I like the clean design. The embossed corner is more subtle than I’d originally intended but I think it still adds a nice extra element to the design.
I hope this inspires you to come and join in with our challenge. There is a stamp and die set available for a randomly chosen winner, so it’s worth playing along. Plus it gets you a head start on your Christmas cards! If you’d like more inspiration be sure to take a look at the beautiful projects made by the rest of the Design Team. You can find them on the challenge page, or directly on their own blogs via the links below.
| Charlotte E (Lady Joyful) |
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ABC Christmas Challenge – G for Garland
CAS Christmas – Kraft, Red and White
Christmas Craft Creations – Christmas Flowers
Christmas Cards All Year ‘Round – Something that starts with E and/or F (I did F for flowers)
HLS Christmas Challenge – Anything Christmas Goes
Merry Little Christmas Challenge – Anything Christmas Goes
Polkadoodles Craft Challenge – Anything Goes
TCP Tuesday Challenge – Florals
Try Stampin’ On Tuesday – Sketch (a bit of a loose interpretation, but the bones of it are there!)
Check out what the rest of the DT made:
Charlotte (Lady Joyful) – that’s me!