Have you started your Christmas cards yet? LOL! The challenge I am entering tonight is from Always Playing With Paper for their Merry Monday #16 (Merry Christmas) Challenge.
I haven't thought about Christmas cards for several months, but there's no time like the present to start thinking of ideas. I decided that I'd do something decidedly different than what I have been doing lately.
I selected a stamp set from Stampin' Up! that will be discontinued at the end of May (Gifts of Christmas) and two in-colors that will be discontinued (Poppy Parade and Pear Pizaazz. I made the background pieces by creating my own designer paper stamping the same image all over the paper. I cut the strips and distressed the edges.
For the center piece I took Versamark ink and stamped the dove image and heat embossed it with iridescent ice embossing powder to give it a little sparkle. I took several pictures but I wasn't able to get the sparkle to show. I sponged the two ink colors over the main image piece and rubbed off excess ink from the embossed area.
I took some leaves cut with a Sizzix Embosslit cut out of scraps of the in-color pad paper and inked a little of Poppy Parade over it. I then sprayed a little Smooch to give them a little shimmer.
The especially nice thing is that I only used white cardstock (except for the small scraps I used on the leaves). With a little ink anything is possible!
So, again, have you started on your Christmas cards yet?