Sunday, November 8, 2020

Plaid Christmas for The Paper Players

Hello friends and welcome back!  It's Sunday, which means there is a new challenge over at The Paper Players.  The lovely Joanne is hosting our monthly Color Challenge and she has chosen some classic holiday colors!

For my card I stepped away from my normal style and went for something much more graphic, almost retro in nature, yet still festive.

I started with layering plaid stencils, ink blending using a couple of Distress Ink greens on a panel of Bristol paper.  While that panel dried, the sentiment, scallop frame and mat layer were all die cut. That makes it sound very simple, doesn't it? Actually, I tried several mixes of colors for the background, the sentiment shadow, the scallop frame, the card base and finally, FINALLY felt good with this mix.  You know how sometimes you know from the start what all your layer colors, etc. are going to be? This was not one of those times LOL!  But in the end, I did end up with a card I liked.

After adding the red mat to the white card base, the silver frame was adhered to the plaid panel, then mounted on the card with fun foam. The die cut sentiment was added directly to the card, although it has plenty of dimension because the words were die cut and layered three times.  Lastly I added some really awesome holographic star sequins in different shapes and sizes.  I tried to capture the shine from them in this photo but wasn't terribly successful.  Trust me, they sparkle in the light like nothing else I've seen.

Thank so much for visiting, I really appreciate it!  I hope you're continuing to stay safe and healthy and have a great week ahead!

I hope you'll join us this week for the great color challenge (link above)!  I've linked the rest of the DT members below so be sure to use them to check out all their gorgeous creations!


Stamps: none
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Real Red, Koh-I-Noor Bristol, Silver Foil
Ink:  Lucky Clover and Pine Needles Distress
Other:  Phrase Builder-Happy Holidays dies (PinkFresh Studios), Slimline Scallop Frame die (Simon Says Stamp), Diamond Plaid Layering Stencils (PFS), Oh My Stars Confetti Mix (Trinity Stamps), Aqua Shimmer pen (Tonic)


laurie said...

Such a cute the plaid so festive!

Allisa said...

Great card, the added stars are the perfect touch!

Ann Schach said...

Oh, Stef! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the retro vibe given off by this card! I am absolutely blown away by it. I can imagine the sparkle!!! The slimline design, the plaid, the scalloped panel...WOW!

Stamps-N-Lingers said...

Your stick-to-it-ivness really paid off! This is gorgeous - your layers are wonderful, Stef!! :)

LeAnne said...

I am glad you persevered....this is perfectly retro and perfectly awesome! I LOVE IT!! That plaid background is amazing!

Claire Broadwater said...

Stef, I just love slim line cards! What fabulous dies! I love the plaid and I know how hard it is to use those stencils. I think I gave up on them. LOL! I love the retro feeling of this fabulous card!!!!

Jaydee said...

Stef, I love that you have gone modern with the size of the card, but kept that classic feel with the plaid and the retro fonts. Totally worth it! Fabulous card

Vicky Hayes said...

This is a masterclass on extreme layering with a clean finish Stef! Love the plaid, the scallops, the retro feel and those stars are the perfect embellishment too. Vicky x

Anne Marie Hile said...

What a fun Christmas card, Stef! Love the slimline design and the scalloped foil trim is a fabulous detail!