Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Merry Wreath - Monday Sketch Challenge!

Monday Sketch Challenge on Tuesday...better late than never I guess. Sorry for the late post, but the sketch challenge wasn't posted until late last night. The sketch this week was provided by Susie Nelson. Take a look:

And here is my card:

Stamps: Northern Hearts, Christmas Greetings

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Old Olive
DSP: Jolly Holiday
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Versamark
Accessories: 1 ¾” Circle Punch, 2 3/8” Scalloped Circle Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, 1/8” Real Red Taffeta ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Shimmer Spray (Alcohol and Shimmer Paint), Gold embossing powder, heat gun, Two-Way Glue Pen, Mini Glue Dots, Markers: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Always Artichoke.

This is a different card size than what I normally make. The card base is 6 ¼” x 6” and scored at 3”. This leaves the card size at 3” x 6 ¼”. It is fun to play with different sized cards other than the standard A2 size. The background of my Very Vanilla card base was stamped with a snowflake from Northern Hearts (Level 1 hostess set in the Holiday Mini) in Riding Hood Red Ink. I then cut a strip of Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper 1 ¼” x 6 ¼”. The greeting from Christmas Greetings was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.

A piece of Early Espresso cardstock was cut at 1 5/8” x 6 ¼” and punched with the Scallop Trim Border Punch on just one long side. The DSP was adhered to the scalloped Early Espresso cardstock and these layers were then adhered to the card front.
I used the wreath from Northern Hearts and used the Old Olive, Always Artichoke, and Cherry Cobbler markers to color in the wreath. I then breathed on the stamp to re-moisten the ink and then stamped it on a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock. This wreath was then punched out with the 2 3/8” Scalloped Circle punch.
On a scrap of Old Olive cardstock I punched the 1 ¾” Circle punch in the center of the scrap. Then I used the 2 3/8” to punch out the circle to create a scalloped frame. This was adhered around the stamped wreath with the Two-Way Glue Pen. I used a Mini Glue Dot to adhere a bow made with 1/8” Real Red Taffeta Ribbon to the top of the Old Olive frame. Then I used some shimmer spray (made by mixing rubbing alcohol with a little bit of Shimmer Paint) and sprayed the wreath/frame to add a subtle shimmer to it. This was adhered to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my take on the sketch. If you are a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator you can find the link to the Sketch Challenge on Stampin’ Connection here. If you are not please post a link to your card in the comments section of this post. I would love to see what you create! Thanks Susie for such an interesting and fun sketch! Have fun stamping!