Sunday, September 27, 2020

A Merry Little Christmas for The Paper Players

Hello friends and welcome back!  It's time for a new challenge at The Paper Players!  This week the lovely Joanne is hosting our monthly sketch challenge.  Lots of layers to spark your creativity!

I'm also joining Color Hues, where the color combo is one of my favs and worked perfectly for my card!  This is a terrific new challenge created by Nancy Leppek (be sure to check it out!).

Finally, I'm sharing my card at the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where the theme this week is Animal Antics.

Initially I wasn't sure what I was going to create, as my cards are generally don't have a number of layers.  But I decided to dive in and make a fun Christmas card using a Slimline shaped card.

To begin the Slimline Scallop Frame was die cut from Bristol paper after being ink blended with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink.  The die also cuts out the center rectangle panel so you can use the scallop frame alone, however I used them both here.  The center panel was also ink blended with Chipped Sapphire DI at the top to create a bit of ombre and then covered with "snow" using a stencil and shimmer paste.  Three more scallop frames were cut from white card for added dimension, adhered together along with the ink blended layer, then added to the navy slimline card base (final size 3.5" x 8.5"). 

When the shimmer paste dried, the rick rack border die cut from white glimmer paper was added.  I was bummed because I adhered it up too high on the panel but it was glued down permanently and I was too far along to feel like starting over, so I decided to roll with it!  Good thing my critters are small LOL!  The navy banner was sprayed with shimmer spray and when dry, added to the card with the sentiment layered on top.  The hedgehog, mouse and penguin were all colored with Copic markers, die cut and added to the card with foam tape.  A white gel pen was used to add a few highlights, a shimmer pen added sparkle to the package, the candy cane and the hedgie's ear muffs, and a bit of White Blizzard glitter drops added to the white band and puff on the penguin's hat.  And that, my friends, finishes off my card!

Thanks so much for visiting, it's always appreciated!  I hope you are continuing to stay safe and healthy and have a wonderful week ahead!

Be sure to use the link above to check out the PP challenge and hopefully join us this week!  Links below to the DT members blogs so you can enjoy all their amazing creations using Joanne's great sketch.


Stamps:  A Merry Little Christmas (Avery Elle)

Paper: Neenah Solar White, Soft Navy (SSS), Strathmore Bristol, White Glitter (SSS)

Ink:  Gina K Obsidian Amalgam, Versafine Clair Bluebell (sentiment), Chipped Sapphire and Peacock Feathers Distress

Other:  Moonstone Glimmer Paste, Aqua Shimmer Pen, White Blizzard Glitter Drops (all Tonic Nuvo), Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spray (Imaginecrafts), Slimline Scallop Frame and Slimline Borders & Edges dies (SSS), A Merry Little Christmas coordinating dies, Sakura White Gelly Roll pen, Large Falling Snow Stencil (SSS)

Copics:  B39, 37, BG15, 11, BV29, 25, E99, 97, 37, 35, 34, 31 W9, 5, 3, 1, 0, N2, 0, T2, 0


Tracy Grauer said...

Such a cute slimline card! Those little critters are adorable and the color palette is one of my favs too! Thanks for sharing!

Cindy Beach said...

I love your fabulous card, Stef! I'm so glad you chose to add Color Hues to your play list, lol. Your use of the colors blew me away! I love how much sparkle and fun those blizzard drops add. A great design in every way!

Nancy said...

There is so much to love about this card Stef! The layout, the adorable critters, and the fact that it's a Christmas card in my favorite Christmas card combo! Your coloring is phenomenal too! Thanks for the sweet shout out and for playing along with us over at Color Hues, I so appreciate it!!

Hannelie said...

I love this sweet card Stef ! A beautiful balanced addition of neutral colors too !
Thank you so much for playing along at the Color Hues Challenge !

LeAnne said...

What an adorable card....the details are amazing! All those little critters are just as cute as can be and I'm willing to bet the sparkle is fabulous!

Ann Schach said...

What a fun slimline card with adorable critters, Stef! I LOVE the colors, as well as your take on the sketch. The shimmer paste is a wonderful accent. I bet it looks fabulous in person.

Claire Broadwater said...

Oh my word, could this get any cuter? I love slimline cards. All those little critters made me smile! All that blue is so pretty and the blizzard glitter is just perfect! WOW--you certainly made this sketch shine!

Allisa said...

So cute! Love your slimline take on the sketch! Gorgeous coloring!

Anne Marie Hile said...

Absolutely adorable in every way, Stef! As always, your coloring is perfection. Those little critters really come to life with all of the sweet details you added.

Jaydee said...

Stef, another gorgeously colored creation! From the blended background to those beautifully colored critters. I also love the mixture of scallops and zig zag! What a wonderful use of the sketch this week

Joanne James - The Crafty Owl said...

Love, love, love it Stef! What an adorable little scene you created on your slimline card, I love it!