This week’s Pals Paper Arts sketch is simple – and I love it! I was excited to use the Santa Claus image from Antique Tags, one of the Host stamp sets available in Stampin’ Up!’s 2015 Holiday Catalog. Since I also love the holly print from Home for the Holidays Designer Series Paper, I thought this would be a great time to combine the two. Here’s my card for this week’s Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge:
And here’s the banner for the sketch challenge that inspired my card:
Tips, Tricks and Reminders.
- Modern on Vintage. I love this old-school pattern of holly – very reminiscent of wrapping paper the 1960’s. While I certainly love the look of it, I don’t often make vintage cards, so I accented the showcase of holly with big, bold stripes to coordinate with the sketch challenge. I think this gives the vintage look a very modern feel. The small pops of Very Vanilla on either side of the red strip pull the eye right to the stripes.
- Red on Santa. I love this vintage Santa – you can almost see his finger pointing at you to say “no peeking!” I wanted my sentiment and my jolly elf to be two different colors. Easy fix – I stamped the entire image in Mossy Meadow and cropped it with a 2″ Circle punch. I then stamped the image in Real Red and snipped out Mr. Claus. The tricky part was the curve of the circle underneath him. When I had him where I wanted him, I glued him to the Mossy Meadow image.
- Clean on Busy. Not only are the gorgeous holly patterns old-fashioned, but they are very busy. I helped keep this card clean by keeping a big, bold base of Real Red on the outside of the pattern (the card base) and a large border of Real Red around the punched image. Not only does the 2-1/2″ circle create clean space around the Antique Tag Santa, but it creates distance between the image and the busy paper beneath it.
Stamp Sets: Antique Tags Papers: Home for the Holidays, Mossy Meadow, Real Red, Very Vanilla Inks: Mossy Meadow, Real Red Accessories: 2″ Circle punch, 2-1/2″ Circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals
I hope you’ll pop over to Pals Paper Arts to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.
Thanks for stopping by today!