This must be the busiest season for all card makers. I'm also slowly getting myself into Christmas card making mood, and this month's Craft Stamper Take It, Make It challenge was just perfect for getting those creative juices flowing. This month we were challenged to make a Christmas card without Christmas themed stamps. Cool!
This challenge made me look at my stash with a fresh eye. As much as I love shopping for new crafting goodies, I also try to look for inventive ways to use what I already have. I suggest you hop over to Craft Stamper blog and have a look at the gorgeous Christmas cards of the TIMI design team has made. And all of them without any Christmas stamps!
Here's my take on the challenge:
For this card I used a white square card base, standard textured grey cardstock (light and dark), an old circle stamp, and a hint of white acrylic paint. Yep, the supplies did not cost much :D
I started with tracing a circle on the light grey cardstock. For this I used a thin metal circle die set as stencil; I love to use a nesting die set for this as there are always various sized stencils to choose from.
Using my circle stamp and grey ink I stamped images next to each other inside the traced circle. Before stamping on the grey cardstock I stamped a wrench on scrap paper - just to make sure that my stamped circles would fit nicely inside the traced circle.
The white spots are stamped with white acrylic ink using a cotton bud. Simple and easy!
I did not have a die for cutting the pieces for the bow (could have used this lovely Tim Holtz die by Sizzix), so I ended up cutting the pieces with scissors. I curved the lower 'ribbon' pieces a bit for creating dimension on the bow.
When the card front was finished I mat it on dark grey cardstock; the same material I used for the bow.
I think my card turned out quite nice. Maybe I'll be making more of these for my friends...?
I'm always looking for new ideas for my Christmas cards, and I can't wait to see what you create!
We are have a great sponsor for this months challenge, The Artistic Stamper. What a great price, don't you think!
Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!