Sunday, November 8, 2020

A Christmas Card for Freshly Made Sketch Challenge #460

 Hello everyone!! It has been an echo chamber here lately. I have not had a ton of energy to create these days. Between stressing about work, the election and the increase in Covid in the schools, my mojo has flown out the window. Does anyone else have a hard time creating when they are stressed?

It also doesn't help that my crown is disintegrating on a tooth and I have been experiencing terrible tooth pain. I am having a temporary crown put on the tooth on Tuesday and I cannot wait!! I never thought I would be excited to go to the dentist!!!

This morning I had a great walk and some snuggles with my neighbor's dog so I sat down to my desk to see if I could get some of my creative juices flowing. I watched a video Jennifer McGuire posted on using embossing folders so I tried the technique in my own way.

I used a Richard Garay embossing folder with some Ranger Pine Needle and Evergreen Bough Distress ink for the banner. I then used the same colors with an Altenew Watercolor Stripes stencil on a piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock that I had cut down to an A2, top folding card. 

The Altenew Brilliant Baubles were stamped with Ranger Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, and Abandoned Coral Oxide Ink. 

I used Versmark Ink and Ranger Gold Embossing Powder to heat emboss the gold accents on the ornaments. I then used some Double Sided Roll Adhesive to pop up the ornaments on the embossed banner.  I had been using the big rolls of 3M tape but they have made it so sticky that it tears my paper if I don't get it just right the first time. 

I die cut the CAS-ual Fridays "Merry" from some Tonic Gold Mirrored Gloss cardstock. This was a leftover on my desk and I knew I had to use it on this card!! 

The embossed sentiment is from MFT's Snow Globe Sentiments (retired)-one of my ALL TIME FAVORITES for Christmas sentiment stamp sets. I added a tiny bit of Gold Stickles for some sparkle on areas of the ornaments. 

This card was inspired by this week's Freshly Made Sketch Challenge #460. I am so glad that I was able to play this week!

I used the die cut and the sentiment strip in lieu of the sentiment strip that spanned the top of the sketch. 

Well, that is all from me tonight. I want to thank you for taking the time to stop by. Have a FABULOUS evening!!