It’s the most wonderful time of the year! My dear friend Michelle Lupton does this every year, and it’s great fun to see what inspires people, and how that inspiration changes with different creators!
I was inspired by this card from Michelle, for multiple reasons. One, I love to travel. Two, I love the repeating of the die cuts, I think it makes a fun and impactful statement.
I had this awesome tree die from The Stamp Market that I’ve been wanting to use for a while. I dove right in, cut out a bunch of trees from three different colors of green cardstock. I knew this die was large, so I wouldn’t be able to fit a ton of trees on the card, but when I went to arrange them in some abstract way I just couldn’t make it work; not in a way that was pleasing to me. I dug through my patterned paper, and let me tell you, found this piece that I purchased in 2007, which is the year I first made our annual holiday cards. Why do I still have (hoard?) paper from 2007?
I have a tendency to like folk art, and some whimsy in my designs, hence this Santa paper still living with me. I adhered the paper directly to my card front, choosing to have Santa and his Elf surround my tree. I popped up the tree with dimensional foam, curled the edges around a pencil, and added some gemstones to give the card a little bling.
It’s not easy to tell in these pictures, but I used a gold Wink of Stella pen to go over my tree to make the green a little more yellow green. You can see it a little bit better in the picture below. For the sentiment I embossed a greeting from a Jane’s Doodles holiday set, and placed the banner on the card edge to edge. I’m very much in love with this very simple card, and it would be very easy to replicate for mass production.
Make sure to stop by Michelle’s blog today to see what she chose from my blog for her inspiration. I can’t wait to see!