Everything came together so nicely on this card. I started with some new papers I got on my latest trip to the local store. The store owner had boxes of Echo Park stuff on tables in the back where she teaches classes. I was looking at her clearance stuff she had laid out on tables back there and couldn't help but take a peek when I saw it was Echo Park stuff, which I usually love. This time was no different, so I asked her if the stuff was ready for sale and she mentioned that they weren't in the computer yet, but that you could input it if I wanted some items. I'm so glad I asked because I used my new papers this weekend and they are awesome!! Here, you can see the I Love Christmas collection.
Since the back paper has some little elves on it, I reached for my Santa's Elves stamp set and paired it with this week's MFT Sketch (#295). The colors in the paper were also perfect for the Merry Monday challenge #209 (inspiration piece). The little elf was colored with Prismacolor pencils - no gamsol! I'm pretty impressed with the results I managed to achieve. I was inspired by a quick video I saw on the Lawn Fawn video on how to color with Prismacolor pencils on their own and thought, okay, why not? I think as long as you're working in small areas, the strokes are not going to show too much. The stamper in the video was advising to slowly build color and I think it is key, to start with little pressure and keep adding colour and shading and pressing more once you have all your colors in place. This is definitely a technique I plan to revisit. It's faster than using Gamsol - and no fumes from the product, which a definite plus.
The sentiment reads, "It's a secret" and was stamped with the Oh, What Fun stamp set. This stamp carried over to the annual catalogue this year and I'm not surprised, because it was my Christmas sentiment rock star of a stamp set last year. And a bit of a surprise, too, because I didn't purchase it expecting to use it so much (I got it to go with the matching tag kit). In the end, the fonts, sizes and wording are perfect for a lot of projects, so it's been used and loved well. Here, it was stamped on a tag I had leftover from the paper tole cards I put together this weekend. The green was a perfect match to my papers - once again, one more scrap that completed a card. I was really on fire this weekend, putting every last scrap to good use!
Music score washi tape was added to my striped paper and since the bottom felt a bit bare, I found those wooden snowflakes to add, which match the tan from the papers perfectly and finished the card to my liking. A Home for Christmas Enamel Dot (from last year's Holidays catalogue) was again a perfect match to the whole card. And so was that striped natural ribbon we used to carry afew years ago. I'm down to the last bit, so I'm trying to finish it to make room in my ribbon box.
Stamps: Santa's Elves (My Favorite Things), Hourra pour Noël (Oh, What Fun - Stampin' Up!)
Cardstock: Mossy Meadow, Whisper White
Patterned Papers: I Love Christmas (Echo Park)
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento, Real Red
Accessories: Wooden Snowflakes (Calico Road), Home for Christmas Enamel Dots (SU!),
Crumb Cake Medium Envelope, Striped Natural Ribbon, Die-Cut Tag (Do Crafts),
Music Score Washi Tape (?), Tag Topper Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Prismacolor Pencils