I love the intriguing stamping opportunity called "Twofer Card Challenge" which requires that participants use the exact same stamp or die to make two cards with different designs for two different occasions. The November Challenge is named Holiday Greenery. My favorite greenery this time of the year is Christmas Trees and Pine boughs, and the wonderful fragrance that they bring from the outdoors in. Ahhh… heaven!
Twofer Card Challenge- #22 Holiday Greenery
My first card features the pine boughs framing two sides of the card. I embossed them with dark green pigment and fine-line black powder. The sentiment is stamped with green pigment and clear powder. When finished I sponged shades of brown and black in from the edges to the center. The ornament from the set was stamped in black onto kraft cardstock, then colored with Tombow markers and white gel pen. I found the wonderful red patterned paper in my stash that fits beautifully with the lovely pattern on the ornament. Burgundy ribbon, some silver foil for the ornament topper, and silver photo corners finish the card front. The inside sentiment is also from the SU set. It is decorated with an additional ornament.
I'm entering this card into several challenges including Double D's "What's Your Christmas Style?" In answer to that question... I don't know if I have a specific style for Christmas cards. I make all kinds- this one is elegant!
Double D’s Challenge- What’s Your Christmas Style? [photo]
The Paper Shelter- #407 A Christmas Card
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- #465 Anything Goes
The second card is dedicated to Autumn and features one sign of the season in my home state of South Dakota- the “flushing of the pheasants” from the field during hunting season! I created the cloudy sky with a cloud template cut from scrap cardboard, a makeup sponge and blue chalk. The pheasant, a wood mount stamp from a company named Northwoods stamps that appears to no longer be in business, is stamped in black ink and colored with Spectrum Noir markers and a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen. I used the pine bough stamp and a black ink pad to create “tall grasses” across the bottom of the card front. When I added some color with green alcohol markers the color bled quite a bit, but that added a nice watercolor look. The last touch was to add some highlights across the tops of the wide grass blades with a white gel pen. The inside of the card features several real pheasant feathers. They show the beautiful colors (including light shades of teal and aqua in the one of the left) and textures (the features are sleek and smooth or very soft and fluffy. I hadn’t planned to put the little fluffy one on the card… but when I was trying to get other feathers back into their bag, it gently floated out and landed on the table next to the card. So… it now adorns my card. The sentiment on the front is a freebie from Decosses Dynamite Doodles and the one on the inside of the card is a freebie from TlcCreations.
Simon Says Monday Challenge-Recycle
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #414-415 Anything Goes
Outlawz Challenge- Saturday Paper Ala Mode- Favorite Things
This is my sixth entry into Beccy’s 7th Annual Month of Holiday Cards Challenge for the Letter S (singing snowman .) It features a gatefold card with a bold sentiment from a Beccy’s Place digi set named Snowman. Spectrum Noir markers and a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen. The inside sentiment is from We Are 3, a Digital Set named “Christmas.”
Crafty Catz Challenge- Anything Goes #484
Polkadoodles Challenge-Week 46 Anything GoesCrafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- Nov