Good afternoon! This week we have a fun inspiration photo for Christmas Card Challenges! It’s an unusual palette and a pretty image! Of course, the only real rule is that you create a holiday card…and as we’re closing in on the end of September it’s time to get started on your holiday card stash! Here’s a close-up of this week’s inspiration photo:
I love this photo…it’s unconventional but the colors are gorgeous! I decided to use the colors and the swirly shape of the tree for my inspiration! Here’s what I created:
I’ve been doing a lot of work with my distress inks this week and when I saw the inspiration photo I realized that the colors were almost identical matches to distress ink colors! So I started off by blending distress ink in Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord, Shaded Lilac, Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire, and Salty Ocean onto a piece of watercolor paper. I applied a lot of distress ink to get a really vibrant coverage that would match the inspiration photo. Next I stamped the flourish stamp from Rubbernecker stamps with versamark and then heat-embossed it with ultra high clear embossing powder. I let the melted powder cool for a minute or two and then I swiped my Memento tuxedo black ink pad over the paper until it totally saturated the un-embossed areas. This allows the blended colors to show through under the embossed design. I adhered that panel to a black card base and then I stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts onto a piece of vellum and heat-embossed it with silver embossing powder. I adhered the sentiment banner to the card with vellum tape and added a few sequins for a little more sparkle.
I hope you’ll play along with the challenge this week! I look forward to seeing how you interpret the inspiration photo! For even more inspiration, check out what the rest of the design team has created!
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