The Daring Cardmakers are back to welcome you into a brand new year of weekly challenges!
We're sticking with one of our favourite challenges where on the first Friday of a new month one of the Design Team picks a photo where we need to use three elements on our card creation. Any colours used count as one collective element so you need to look further into the image for inspiration that you can translate to a card. :D
This month the lovely Sharon has chosen this wintry but cosy scene:
After December, I have zero Christmas cards in my box so while we're still in the winter months I'm hoping to build up my card stash ready for December 2017... It's rather daunting...
But here's the first card to make it on the pile:
Paper: Crate Paper, American Crafts
Dies: Concord & 8th, Essentials by Ellen, Lil' Inker Designs, PTI
Other: watercolour paper, watercolour paints, Stickles, 3D foam tape, Wink of Stella pen
So my elements were the general colour scheme of an off-white background, the wood letters (including a touch of woodgrain), the little house for my wintry scene, plus the pine branches and pine cones.
It's my first time using the lovely Home & Hearth dies from Essentials by Ellen:
I ordered these along with some stitching dies that I have wanted for AAAAAGES and the Black Friday discount made me take the plunge - it was a definite now or never moment. And to make the most of the postage limit I added this little die set.
Sadly Essentials by Ellen dies are only available directly from that Ellen Hutson, so I am glad I had promised Christmas money to spend which dulled the pain of the exchange rate and customs charge a little.
But anyway, I think they'll be great for Christmas cards and the little houses and hearts will be a lovely new home cards - plus the stars and hearts are very handy for just about anything!
I'm not snipping this die apart just yet - so it was very easy to run it through with a piece of watercolour card. Initially I painted the houses but the colours were too jarring against the blue sky so I ditched those and cut the houses from soft stone PTI cardstock.
Also the time I spent between Christmas and NY switching over to Jennifer McGuire's ink swatch system was well spent:
As I easily found which colours I wanted to use for the pine branches and cones. I've still got the sheets where I've stamped out my inks by manufacturer, but it's so much easier to see all the nuances of shades when they're in these wallets. :) It doesn't mean new ink is off my wishlist... no way. I just wish it was possible to buy cubes especially for MFT dye ink individually in the colour families you really want. And of course I would love it if WPlus9 would sell their ink wholesale so we could easily get it in the UK - I am sure there are some shades there that I don't have! ;)
But anyway, the first Christmas card is done and all I need to do now is stamp a greeting inside and pair this card up with an envelope so it can go and live happily in the Christmas card box!
Remember to check out the Daring Cardmakers blog for some exciting news and to see all the lovely projects from our designers!
Happy crafting in 2017!