We are sponsored by the fantastic Concord & 9th and one lucky random entry will receive a $25 gift certificate for a Concord & 9th shopping spree and our favorite entry will be asked to guest-design for a future challenge!
I was very lucky to get a little sneak preview of the Beautiful Branches that was just released and I decided to use it for today’s card! Here’s what I created:
I love the Beautiful Branch set and how versatile it can be for different seasons! I started by blending a little Pine Needles distress ink onto a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock. Many many thanks to Tina for the tip about using Bristol for ink blending…seriously, it’s life-changing! It’s so much easier to blend softer shades than Neenah! After trying it once I might have immediately run to Michaels and bought three more pads so that I’ll never be without again! 😉 After blending I blasted it with my heat gun once or twice and then stamped the branch with Ground Espresso distress ink. Then I added the berries with Fired Brick distress ink. Finally I stamped a few of the scripty words from Joyful Noel with Pine Needles distress ink that I stamped off once before stamping on my card panel. Finally I flicked the panel with copic opaque white and set it aside to dry while I worked on the sentiment.
I started by die-cutting the Joy from white cardstock three times. I layered them together to create a thicker embellishment and then stamped a versamark pad over the letters. I heat-embossed them with gold tinsel embossing powder to create a sparkly, dimensional sentiment. Once the background panel was totally dry I trimmed it down and adhered it to a red card base. Then I adhered the Joy sentiment with regular adhesive. Finally I added nuvo drops in glossy white over some of the copic white splatters to create a more dimensional embellishment!
And now it’s your turn! The challenge ends on November 28th and I can’t wait to see what you’ll create! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more design inspiration throughout the month! Thanks so much for visiting and have a fabulous week!
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