Due to the shoulder issues I had to re-jig some of my intended posts, I still have a Nativity card to make - along with a few others for the draw to showcase prizes. I so wanted a Nativity scene for today (and the stamp I'll be using for the card is just so perfect, sent for the draw by our lovely Shaz in Oz) so do watch for it coming later on in the draw posts, but something had to give so I did a bit of a reshuffle in the end. Why on earth I didn't think to make the samples in date order is beyond me though!
I made this 'sample' card a little bit ahead of time thankfully:
- 5.25" x 4" white card blank, side opening
- slightly smaller snippet of black card, with some little twinkles in - in truth I couldn't locate where my plain black card is safely stored and all my snippet were too small so I rummaged through a box of Christmas snippets and found this - result! It has a white core so I ran a black marker around the edge so it wouldn't show when viewed sideways (no wonder I take so flipping long to make a single card!)
- snippet of SU's 'Real Red' card, trimmed to slightly smaller than the black layer
- snippet of white card which I popped into the Misti and stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and MFT's fabulous and very generously sized 'Christmas' background stamp - trimmed it to slightly smaller than the Real Red backing layer
- more from the SU 'Real Red' pile of snippets trimmed to a height of 1.5", but left wider than the printed background layer for now. I trimmed a tiny bit more off the height as I wanted the background words to not be chopped in half when I adhered the red die cut to the front of the card - just a little whisker needed to be trimmed off but it does make all the difference when using such a strong set of letters on top of what almost looks like newsprint. I backed the strip with Stick-It adhesive paper, then die cut it using a die from the fabulous Memory Box 'Merry' set of three dies, all with the word Merry in different fonts - I chose the bold capitals for this card
- then popped the die cut onto the 'newsprint' background and carefully trimmed either edge of the red strip to line up with the background, quickly ran it through the Cuttlebug to ensure a good 'set' :)
- glued the black layer to the card front, followed by the red layer and finally the newsprint layer with the red sentiment strip already adhered - finished!
And, I was left with the waste from the die cut - a lovely set of capital letters all ready for a further card, when time allows.
I can sort of see the front of the Daily Mirror newspaper in this card - should have thought ahead a bit more perhaps.
I do so love the background stamp, it stamps perfectly and can provide loads of different colours of course. Another time I'll certainly try different colours for the card as a whole, even the background could be stamped using different shades of the same colour to give an ombre look for example - and both the stamp and set of dies will stand on their own and be so useful for other projects.
And of course today's prize is:
At the end of all of the celebrations I'll do a massive draw session for all the prizes using the one Mr Linky - which is on the main snippets post HERE along with details of exactly how to join in - so you do need to have entered one snippets make over on that post during this fortnight to be in with a chance :) Maximum of one entry please - to keep things fair for those who may not have time to craft. Mr Linky closes at 11am on Saturday 4th January so you do need to have added a snippets make by then to be eligible for the draw.
Just leave a comment on this post if you would like the chance to win today's prize, which I won't be splitting of course.
Hope you're not racing round in a flat panic and that you manage to find some time to wind down a bit before the big day itself! There comes a point when you just have to say 'That's it. What's not done, or what we may not have, isn't actually what this celebration should all be about.'.
Love from Parsnip, Dudley and of course me. Parsnip is bustling around, hanging up stockings and generally fussing around - whilst Dudley is watching my every move, in case it involves food!