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Paper Challenge by Linda

Cardmaking, Christmas Cards, Home for the Holidays, Linda Pekrul, Pam Bray, Pam Bray Simplicity, Simplicity -

Paper Challenge by Linda

Hi everyone,

It's December, and time to push the cardmaking into high gear! 

So what do you do if you don't have any Christmas paper, and you're in the mood to make Christmas cards???

I'm going to show you how to use a pack of non-Christmas paper and challenge you to try it!

The collection I started with is Simplicity by Pam Bray.  At first glance, it doesn't look very Christmassy does it?

Flipping through it though, there was a wreath that caught my eye.  Next step was to find some background paper for the wreath and I loved this lattice piece.

The reverse side of the wreath had the perfect shade of green to mat it.

If you prefer a more simple style of card, you could have stopped right at this point...

but me... I love lots of detail and embellishment, so I continued to build and add layers to the card.  The stamped word, Joyful, is from Wild Whisper's "Home for the Holidays" set. 

Every year I seem to find one stamp that speaks to me, and this year, this is the one!  I love the font and the feeling of joyfulness that it imparts.  Hopefully you have the set in your stash, as it's no longer available in the Wild Whisper shop.

I splurged and bought Bekka Feeken's "Christmas Cascade" set of dies this year, and using it I cut poinsettias, ribbons, and snowflakes out of the piece of red paper below.  I placed my dies where the reddest parts of the paper were.

The little deer, I merrily cut out of this piece below, forgetting that I wanted the pretty paper on the other side for a layout.  *slapping forehead*  Do you ever do that? 

The deer was a little light in colour, so I inked up her edges with some Fired Brick Distress Oxide ink.  The oval piece she is matted on, has pop up foam underneath it, to give it some dimension.

 

For the inside of the card, I used the negative piece of one of my diecut snowflakes, and the Merry Christmas dies that came with my die set.

It was fun challenging myself this way.  Give it a try and surprise yourself with what you can create with non-Christmas paper!

I hope you will have a "Joyful" time as you embrace the new type of Christmas we are going to have this year.  It will be one for the memorybook!

Be sure and stop by the Wild Whisper store if you need supplies!  Use my code - DTLINDA in the coupon box for a 10% discount.

Happy Creating!

Linda

 

 


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