|That's what my cats would say if I tried to put antlers on them!! lol...|
Happy New Year to everyone! I took a bit of hiatus from my blog during the holidays, but I am back. I hope you are feeling rested and ready to take on a challenge because there is a brand-new one starting and I am so thrilled to introduce you to it!
My crafty friend, Dotty Jo, over at Just a Dotty Pudding has just launched her super-fun Christmas Kickstart Challenge to get us going on our Christmas cards again!! I am so ready. I love making Christmas cards in January while my supplies are still out and there is no pressure!! The challenge is fortnightly on Tuesdays and the inaugural theme is: Rudolph and Friends....so get out your Rudy stamps or deer die-cuts and let's help Dotty Jo get her sleigh in the air!! You can read all the details HERE.
Here's what I made:
I got brave and did some stamp surgery on this reindeer and tree stamp. It used to have a cathedral shaped arching outline, but I cut the thing off. I rarely use it with that around it, but I kept the outline in case I want it later. I made two variations of this card.....using scraps for my layered background.
On this first one, I tried stamping and heat embossing directly on the background. Major FAIL. lol... The deer had a seam through its middle and the silver blended into the background too much. Ugh. Then I had the bright idea (uh-oh...!!) to heat emboss it on vellum and stick that over the top of the failed attempt at embossing. Much better. I offset it a teence, although it is hard to see in the photo, so there is a bit of a shadow effect.
Here's another variation....with a paler sky and the image embossed on a scrap of white cardstock. Which do you like better????
Supplies used include:Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you liked my cards and will play along in Dotty Jo's new challenge along with me.
Mark's Finest Papers - Crisp Winter stamp set (retired)
Versamark Ink Pad
Ranger - Embossing Powder
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Pink & Main Scallop Waves die set
Winnie & Walter - Comfort + Joy stamp set
Versafine Ink - Majestic Blue
Clear embossing powder
White cardstock scrap
(I'll even let you in on a bit of a secret: Dotty Jo invited me to guest there in a few weeks. Can you guess the theme she chose for that fortnight??? Shhhhh.....)
See you over there!!!
Thank you for the honor of entering these cards in the following challenges:
1. Christmas Kickstart Challenge #1 - Rudolph and Friends
2. Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #342 - Use Snippets
3. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #418 - AG Christmas or New Years
4. ABC Christmas Challenge - A is for AG Christmas
5. Christmas Crafts All Year Round January Challenge - Let it Snow
6. The Artistic Stamper January Challenge - Anything Goes
7. Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #422 - Winter Sparkles