Hello, hello! It’s Wednesday, which means a new Sketch Challenge over at MFT Stamps!
Today’s card is based on Sketch #407, which looks like this:
I was torn between sticking to the sketch pedantically and use a star diecut and the Written in the Stars stamp set, for a star studded sky background. However, the sketch challenge isn’t about who can stick the the sketch the closest, is it? (And in fairness, I have been a bit of a stickler so far, right?) It’s about using your imagination so with that in mind, I decided to use the Perfect Poinsettia die-namic for the star shape.
Instead of using traditional colours for the flower, I went with dramatic teal and blues! Fun right? Oh and I used felt instead of paper too! There is an amazing selection of felt available from MFT Stamps and naturally I want all the colours. Full Set Syndrome strikes again.
To start with, I cut all the bits I needed out of the felt, using the Poinsettia die-namic and set those aside for assembly later.
As I was using non traditional colours for the flowers I decided to stick with the blues for the background too. For this I heat embossed the brand new BG Christmas Background stamp with WOW! Silver Pearl embossing powder, on a piece of Strathmore Bristol Vellum cardstock.
I used my anti-static tool generously on this before stamping it with VersaMark ink. When you have small text or intricate details, it’s a good idea to re-ink your VersaMark pad before stamping. It’s amazing what a difference it makes to the stickiness for the embossing powder!
With Distress Oxide inks, Tumbled Glass and Mermaid Lagoon, I did some light inkblending on this piece to add an ombré blue look. Once I was done with the ink blending I gently rubbed a cotton towel over the heat embossing to wipe off the ink and make the silvery look of it shine. This is a great little trick and will make your embossing pop!
Blue and white look lovely together, but it can all kind of fade into each other if it’s not balanced right. To avoid this and to add some contrast and highlights, I decided on some gold accents for this card. Sentiments in an accent colour is a great look, I think.
The sentiment I chose is from another new MFT Stamps set: Hand-Lettering Holiday Greetings and I have heat embossed it in Ranger Ink Gold Tinsel embossing powder on a strip of vellum. This strip is wrapped around the card and secured with double sided tape on the back. It simply says ‘Merry Christmas’.
It was a great start but I did feel like it needed a bit more gold so I got my fave MFT Stamps card stock out: Brushed Gold! It’s the most gorgeous gold card stock and the fact it’s brushed as opposed to mirror shine is just the icing on the cake. If you are looking for a go-to gold card stock, look no further. Right-y-o, what I was getting to is that I cut some of the Poinsettia leaves out of this card stock and added to the stack of bits to go on the card.
While I was at it, I also cut out the two stamens from the die-namic too. These two I layered up, gently bent the stamens upwards and set aside while I worked on adding the Poinsettia layers to the card.
First of all, I added all the Poinsettia layers together, without glue, to use as a guide for the leaves were going to go. Then I removed the flower and glued the leaves down. For the actual flower itself, I have done the biggest flower petal bit once in each colour and the smallest one I did two in the lightest colour and only one in the teal.
Starting with the darkest one, I layered these up on the card, making it a nice and big Perfect Poinsettia. The final flourish was to add the gold stamens to the middle and the card was done.
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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica