Sunday, July 18, 2010

A Midsummer Day's Christmas Card

Hi everyone!

It's a rainy weekend here in Singapore, so I had every reason to stay in and catch up with my stack of craft materials that I've neglected for weeks now. My husband and I have finally made an offer on a flat, so fingers crossed that it'll be the end of our house-hunting season soon!! Yayyy!!

Although it is still officially summer in most parts of the world, today I made a cool, crisp and icy looking Christmas card. Not that I'm preparing for Christmas just yet--in actual fact, I still have some countless number of cards to make before August comes, with the myriad of people around me that somehow decided to have their birthdays in August (which includes both my parents, whose birth dates are just four days apart. Pheeewww!).

Anyway, Donna of the Cards for Men blog posted her No. 14 challenge, which is Christmas in July. As I was looking for inspiration, I bumped into Caz's, Deb's and Lynn's blog, Cute Card Thursday, and their challenge for this week is also to get a head start for Christmas cardmaking. Well, two reasons for creating Christmas cards in July is good enough for me :)! Using the CPS #176 sketch from the lovely team at Card Positioning Systems Blog, I created this card.

I used a digital stamp that I created last Christmas, which is a snuggly, furry winter bear holding a bell and a candy cane. I hand drew, scanned and saved the image as a PNG object, then printed it on a heavy 200 gsm white paper before coloring it with Faber Castell watercolor pencils. I really liked this image but since most of the Christmas cards I created last year was either vintage or bold looking, I did not have the chance to use it.

I also used two sheets from my English Roses digital paper pack. So as most of the materials for this card were digital, I also decided to post this card for the the Something Digital challenge that I found in the Stamp Something blog.

Instead of using the usual pre-folded card blank, I made a gate-fold card using American Crafts' AC Cardstock in Lagoon. After adhering the background panels cut from my digital papers (printed on heavy 110 gsm inkjet paper), I used a wide 2" blue satin ribbon for embellishment, before adhering the stamped bear as a topper.

That's all for today, would love to write more but as always, weekends always bring a bunch of ironing for me :). Thanks for visiting!

Much love,