Oh Christmas Tree

Last year my favorite holiday stamp set was Christmas Lodge.  I was so excited that SU kept it as a part of their annual catalog.  This year though it has sat lonely on my shelf.  I decided to pull it out and give it some ink for today's card.

I used two challenges to help me create this card.  The first was a sketch from Try Stampin' On Tuesday.  It's perfect for this nice big tree.

I was trying to decide which shade of green I should use for the tree and thought a color challenge might be in order.  This time of year it's pretty easy to find a Christmas color challenge, but most of them I found were in shades of blue.  Then I clicked on Color Throwdown's site and fell in love with their color combo this week!  It is perfect!

The only snag I ran into was the bow.  I wanted to use Baker's Twine, but all my twine uses White as a base. It was too stark against the crumb cake.  I tried linen thread, but it was so similar to the crumb cake that you couldn't really see it.  So, I took out my crumb cake ink pad, a sponge dauber and the Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine.  I placed the twine on my ink pad and with the sponge dauber pressing into the twine I pulled the strand across my ink pad.  I did this several times, turning the twine to get all the sides inked.  It worked pretty well.  I did let it dry for awhile, as my ink pad is super juicy.

The sentiment is embossed with black embossing powder and all the layers a sponged with crumb cake, except the black mats.  You could leave off some of those black mats, but I really like the look of all those layers.  :)

The banner is popped up using Dimensionals.  Mostly to get it to lay across the front of the card.

I like to decorate this inside of my cards to match the front.  Instead of embossing the greeting, this time I used Black Staz-On.

Creative Blessings,
Heather North

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Christmas Lodge
Ink: Crumb Cake, Gumball Green, Versamark, Staz-On
Paper: Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Fan Fair
Misc.: Black Embossing Powder, Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine


Pajalu said...

WOW!!! What a stunning card. I love everything about this card. So beautifully done. Thanks for playing along with us this week at Try Stampin' on Tuesday

Kristie said...

Perfect card, Heather! Love how you colored your own baker's twine. I have done that with tulle, works pretty good but you do have to let it dry for a little bit. :) TFS!!

Sarah said...

Ooh I love your card Heather! Great tip on how you coloured your twine. Thanks for joining us at Try stampin on Tuesday :)

Joan Ervin said...

Your Christmas tree is sooo pretty and I lvoe the sketch you used!!!! Thanks for joining us for the Color Throwdown Challenge!!!!

MJ said...

What a wonderful Christams card, I too love the tree, I was so happy when they offered it as a single stamp. You card is perfect, I love the colors. So glad you played along with us on Try Stampin On Tuesday!

Nathalia O. said...

Fantastic Christmas card! And you're right, this sketch is perfect for the large tree stamp you used!