Sunday, October 23, 2011

Warm Thoughts

Today, I have a card for the October Hero Arts contest.  The challenge is to make a Holiday card using non-holiday stamps or based on one of the sketches given.  I decided to give it a go and make a card which fits both the requirements.

My card is based on this sketch:
For the background, I pulled out all the tiny hearts I could find from all my Hero Arts stamps and a tiny star.  Using Versamark, I stamped them on a white cardstock and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.   For some colour, I sponged Distress Inks Tumbled Glass, Crushed Olive and Scattered Straw.  Then I brushed some Perfect Pearls Blue Raspberry before the inks dry to give it a nice shimmer and set it with fine mists of water.  When dry, I distressed the edges with Distress Ink Vintage Photo.

For the tree, I stamped the die-cut pieces using non-Holiday stamps Flower Swirl Vine on the tree pieces, and the trunk with a stamp from set You Are The Best.  Then I added colour with Copic Markers YG91, YG93, YG95, R22, R29 & YG25 and assembled the tree by adhering the tree pieces onto the solid tree die-cut with pop dots.  I spritzed some Perfect Pearls Mist on the finished tree and then added some Glossy Accents around the edges and threw some fine glitter on it.

Here's a closer look at the tree:

The sentiment is from the stamp set, Find Joy which is also a non-holiday stamp.

As always, I look forward to read your feedback and comments on the card.  It's always so fun to read what you think.

Have a great week!

Stamps : Flower Swirl Vine & You Are the Best (Tree), Find Joy (sentiment), Background hearts from various different sets.
Inks : Distress Inks Tumbled Glass, Scattered Straw, Crushed Olive, Vintage Photo, Perfect Pearls Mist -Sunflower Sparkle
Paper : Lily Bee Design Jingle 6x6 pad, Kraft cardstock
Other : Taylored Expressions die Trim The Tree, Spellbinders Classic Scallop Oval, Sakura Pigma Micron Black & White gel pen, Hero Arts gems


Wendy ten Hove said...

Hi Kary!

Looove your card! And that's the most fun and colorful tree I've seen in a while!! So great! Pretty background also!!

Hugs, Wendy

CraftyC said...

Beautiful card Kary, I love your tree!

lisa arana said...

so pretty. I love how the layers of the tree curl a little. Wonderful card Kary!

Chere M. said...

Kary, this is so gorgeous!!! Wow!! Love the tree sitting off the tag.

Christine Ang said...

My heart is warmed already just by looking at the card. Beautiful piece of work.

MaxineD said...

Wow Kary this is a stunner - love how you have met the challenge and made a wonderful Christmas card at the same time. I would love to see all the sparkle IRL

lynn said...

so much to love here, kary! your bkgd is awesome and so is your sweet tree!

Becky Brombley - Craft Jar said...

This is such a beautiful card, I love it. Becky x

Renee said...

Wow, totally amazing!!!