hey all! happy monday!
i heard a friend say today that target already has christmas decorations up and on display. i haven't been there to witness it myself yet, but i was thinking - man that's crazy - it's so early! and then i spun the inspiration wheel and decided to make a holiday card. so ... maybe i'm crazy too.
many people are saying that they want this year to be over. i'm not thrilled with all the events of this year, but i also recognize that just because dates on a calendar change doesn't mean things will magically be better. i'm all about embracing the everyday and doing my best to make the best of every situation. life is too short to be miserable. it might be early, but i'm going to celebrate the holiday season in as many ways as possible.
the inspiration wheel landed on stenciling for the topic and while it might be hard to imagine while looking at the above card, the blue box has been stenciled, creating a nice focal point on this card front. overlapping the block is the sentiment that reads "jingle bells jingle bells jingle all the way" - it's been stamped in red ink and then heat embossed with a clear coating. it's slightly dimensional to the touch and adds a nice shiny finish on the words. there's a gorgeous shimmer across the entire card front. using a black gel pen i hand drew lines around the perimeter of the inked up square.
i've mentioned that i like to have a variety of styles of holiday cards and one reason i like this stamp set so much is that it offers winter greetings, often familiar from holiday songs, without being so specific that the card could only be used for one particular holiday. it's nearly impossible to read the sentiment on this card without singing it to yourself a little bit!
the heat embossed texture is pretty subtle, but it adds a classy detail to this card. you can feel the raised sentiment when running your finger over the card and the shimmery shine that's visible when on an angle is just the right amount of wow! the hand drawn black lines are also slightly raised and very shiny - they help tie everything together.
the base on this holiday handmade card is a creamy grey color - it's darker than the grey on the front panel, but not so dark that you can't see what you're writing on the inside of the card. i'm a sucker for a good color combination and this untraditional combo of red and turquoise just makes me happy!
while somewhat simple, i really like the way this card came together. i don't think it's so overly busy that you lose what you're looking at, but i also think that the tiny banners full of patterns helps bring the entire design together. i also think this sentiment could be super cute with some reindeer - i'll need to add that idea to my list!
this card is available now in the online shop, but you should check out all the new designs from #the100dayproject that are already available! it's been such a great second round of this project.
34 down, 66 to go!