Sunday 24 November 2013

one, two, three ...

stamps: sassy salutations, pennant parade, positively chevron all from stampin up!
inks: archival ink pad (jet black, coffee, vermillion, olive) tim holtz distress ink pad (barn door)
punch: petite pennants from stampin up!
cardstock: craftwork cards digi cardstock, 4x6 card blank
I made this card, but wasn't quite happy with the design in the end... so I made two more variations of it to improve the end result!! ive shown you all three of the cards here so you can see what I mean...
 the first- I wanted to keep things clean and simple. I made the stripes using strips cut from the chevron background stamp. I layered them under the white matt, stamped the large sentiment with the tree. I stamped and punched the green part out and stuck it on with foam pads, the rest of the design was stamped directly onto the card. unfortunately, the central matt blends into the card too much so it lacks impact.
 the second- I repeated the card as above, but this time added a red distressed edge to the matt using tim holtz inks. I think this is an improvement, but its still a little too subtle and gets lost in the design.
(ok ..)
 the third- this time I took a different approach to edging the matt. I added an extra layer under the matt, coloured in a bright red. I also decided that the merry Christmas would look better in black for that added contrast. I think this works well, with the bold stripes and crisp lines to give the clean and simple card high impact !!
(yay !!)
freshly made sketch 113

I hope you like what I did in the end and showing you that an oops can be an ok and even a yay!!


  1. Great cards! I love that red-matted card! I just love red and white cards!!! That little tree is the perfect accent! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

  2. Cute! Love your finished product! Thanks for joining us at FMS!