The basis for my card is from a new challenge blog by the ever-so-talented Iwona "Chupa" Palamountain called A Case Study. It's such a cool idea. Each challenge features the work of a guest "muse" and participants submit their projects inspired by elements of the muse's creations. This month features the work of Mariana Grigsby who inspired me with the layout of this stunning card. I love the simple elegance of Mariana's card and strived to replicate that in my own version.
I started with some Sahara Sand cardstock that I ran through the Big Shot with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder. Before running it through, I brayered Soft Suede ink directly on the embossing folder so that it colored the de-bossed areas of my cardstock. I love this technique as it really highlights the beautiful embossed details.
Using the Bird w/Leaves & Flowers die, I cut my holiday cardinal from Cherry Cobbler cardstock and sponged the edges with the coordinating ink to really make it pop off the main panel. I added a single black jewel (lifted from the Black Flourish jewels) for his eye and gave him a few Basic Black branches, from the Two-Step Bird punch, on which to land.
I love the large sentiment Mariana used in the inspiration card but with my bird perched on the strip of Very Vanilla cardstock, there wasn't room for such a stunning sentiment. I opted instead for the mixed-font message from Contempo Christmas in Soft Suede. It is backed with a snowflake from Berry Christmas that was also inked in Sahara Sand and stamped off once. I thought this snowflake was a similar shape to the middle of the embossed element. And of course, it just isn't a holiday card without some Dazzling Diamonds on that snowflake! ;-)
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stamps: contempo christmas; berry christmas
ink: soft suede
paper: sahara sand, very vanilla, basic black, cherry cobbler CSxtras: vintage wallpaper embossing folder; dazzling diamonds; bird w/leaves & flower sizzix die; two-step bird punch; black flourish jewels