This card was inspired by Freshly Made Sketch #327 and Just Us Girls #431. It was supposed to be simple, but it got more and more intricate as I was working on it. Initially, I wanted to pair the Me and My Yeti stamp set with the latest Distress Oxide ink colours that were added to the ink line. I was just going to do a hill, ink the sky and add the yeti as the star from the sketch.
Then, I got the idea to do an oversize card and use the clear packaging from the stamp set as my envelope to keep it in. I measured the package and that's how I decided on a 4-1/4" x 7-1/2" card. Based on the new Distress ink colors, I decided to use Shaded Lilac and Blueprint Sketch for the sky (with a touch of Black Soot, which is not new), and for the hill, I inked a separate piece of cardstocj with Evergreen Bough, Bundled Sage and a touch of Forest Moss. I die-cut the last piece with the Stitched Hillside Borders dies. I was just coming under my lilac inking a bit with the hillside, and I remembered that the Little Town Border follows the same curve as the hillside die I had used, so I die-cut Night of Navy houses and added them to the backgrond, which looked really cute.
I knew I wanted to use a sentiment from the Pieces and Patterns stamp set, which reads "I love you that much" (or litterally in French, I love you big like that, which works great with the yeti). Because of this sentiment, I decided to use the yeti with the closed arms and have him hold a heart. I inked a scrap of white cardstock with Abandoned Coral Distress ink, covered the whole thing with Frosty Sparkle Glitter Kiss and die-cut a heart using the Sweet & Sassy Framelits. I also dabbed the Glitter Kiss at the top of my sky piece.
That's when I started to play around with the images and the sentiment, trying to find the most pleasing combination. I first tried the sentiment in the sky, but it looked a little lost. So I thought I could lower it and add the Stitched Fireworks from Lawn Fawn above. So I did, and then I decided maybe my sentiment would look better at the bottom, with the yeti placed on the opposite side.
And.. that's when I started thinking that the fireworks would look great lit up. Several months ago, my local store got the Chibitronics in. I purchased the starter kit and it took me this long to get the nerves to use it. Not that I think it's complicated, I've watched a few videos already so I've got a good grasp of the concept, but this stuff is not cheap and the starter kit does not provide you with extras, so you pretty much have to get it right on your first try. I was debating whether to give it a try or not, and finally the curiosity got the best of me, so I did. I sketched my circuit and rewatched a couple of videos to try and figure out what I was not doing right, and I finally managed to make it work. I did make a mistake, though, by gluing the last part of the circuit too far apart to add the third light, so one of my die-cut fireworks is not lighting up, but I decided I could live with that. The "light switch" is the heart in the yeti's arms.
Then, I added a few images from the same stamp set and went to town with sequins and mini stars, and I also decorated an envelope to match. It's larger than the card, but I figured if I mail this, it'll leave room for padding around the card. I'll probably give this card either to my mom for Mother's Day or to my niece, who I know will flip over this.
Stamps: Me and My Yeti (Mama Elephant), Motifs et croquis (Pieces & Patterns - Stampin' Up!)
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Pistachio Pudding, Thick Whisper White
Inks: VersaMark, Ranger Distress Oxide (Abandoned Coral, Black Soot, Shaded Lilac, Blueprint Sketch,
Bundled Sage, Evergreen Bough, Forest Moss)
Die Cuts: Me and My Yeti (Mama Elephant), Stitched Hillside Borders, Stitched Fireworks,
Little Town Border (Lawn Fawn), Sweet & Sassy Framelits (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories: Markers (Copic), Blending Tool (Ranger), White Envelope (?),
Navy Embossing Powder (Top Boss), Chibitronics Intro Kit,
Sequins (Little Things by Lucy's Cards), Frosty Sparkle Glitter Kiss (Cosmic Shimmer)