July brings one of my favorite challenges at 'ABC' Challenges called "Christmas in July". We want to help you get a jump start on your Christmas cards - isn't that nice of us :o) ? I like to make Christmas cards year-round and find that when Christmas rolls around I have a very nice stash of handmade cards just waiting for the Christmas photo and a note to each of our loved family and friends. Since I make so many Christmas cards - and most of them are "cutesy" or "whimsical", I decided to challenge myself and try a vintage card this time. Take a look:
I used soft colors and scuffed up the edges of my layers. I also sponged around the scuffed edges ever so slightly to give it a bit more of an aged look. I wasn't too worried if my letters all came through exactly as dark or evenly as the others. I thought about adding a few spritzes of color with my spritzer tool but was concerned that it would really take away from the words. I used two colors on this card: Bravo Burgundy and Baked Brown Sugar. The burgundy looks decidedly darker than the layer, and almost brown when stamped on top of the baked brown sugar. The saying is a stamp by Stampendous and the three wise men are a stamp from Stampin Up!. After I finished gluing everything together, I felt that the card looked too "flat" so I added a few adhesive rhinestones at the top and on the star to add a bit more interest. So what do you know - I made a card that didn't use one bit of patterned paper - lol, very unusual for me.
I do hope that you enjoyed this card and that it sparked some interest for you to make a Christmas card in July and join our challenge at ABC Challenges - "Christmas in July". My other lovely teamies have made some beautiful cards to share with you as well. Each week we give you a variety of different styles to inspire you. Please pop in and give them a visit too.
Some other fun challenge I've decided to also participate in this week are:
The Paper Players #153 - "Christmas in July"
ABC Christmas Challenge - M is for Men or Mice (I have wisemen)
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long - #23 "Seeing Stars"( I have the star of Bethlehem)