I have to say that when I saw the card in the revolving banner on Papertrey Ink's website using this set, I wanted to buy everything that was used on the card. EVERYTHING. And so...I did.
But then...I don't copy other people, do I? I can't do that. So once I got all the schtuff, the challenge was on to create SOMETHING that didn't look exactly like that card using the same things or some of them. It was a daunting prospect.
I admit, I stared at all this schtuff feeling as intimidated as hell. I have always admired Nichole Heady's clean, graphic style, and I wanted to do justice to it.
One of the problems I had was that the die that matched this stamp set is sold out. I looked carefully at the card, and I could see that the offset around the images was less than usual. I stamped my images and grabbed my handy PixScan and got to work:
GOJUS!!! (YILM!) I have to say, this was one of the easiest cards I have ever made because the patterned paper background only needed to be adhered to a card front. I didn't want to trim it down and loose those narrow blue areas on the sides.
The PixScan did a fabulous job with the tree branch, didn't it? THIS is the answer to the comment I had on one of my recent posts. No,I could not have done this with a pair of scissors. Maybe with an X-Acto knife, but I am guessing I would be stiff and shaking by the end and I would have cut off something that I shouldn't have. Maybe even a finger.
I did get the dies for the snowflakes so I used those.
The ribbon was from last year's SU! holiday catalog. The green ink is the retired SU! Handsome Hunter.
My treasured small oval punch from SU! (long retired) was the perfect way to cut this greeting out from the Holiday Wishes set, a set I had bought many years ago and squirreled away. Since I recently reorganized my "other" stamps, I was able to keep strictly to Papertrey Ink stamps. For the final tiny accents, three silver sequins to help move the eye through the card.
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