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    Painted Harvest for Christmas

    Christmas Cheer

    Merry Christmas! Today I have a #simplestamping project that shows you how a little creativity can go a long way. This clean and simple card uses various supplies and most of them are not even from the Holiday Catalog.

    Inspired by Global Design Project #GDP168. A CASE the Designer challenge.

    My favorite challenge at Global Design Project is when we get to CASE (Copy and Selectively Edit) a Design Team member. This week we care CASEing Sarah Berry. This is great because I love Sarah’s sweet and simple style, but believe me when I tell you; simple isn’t easy. That’s what makes this a challenge and Sarah Berry a master at what she does.

    I started by stamping a “wreath” using the Painted Harvest stamp set. When stamped with Mint Macaron ink, the sunflower quickly turns into a wreath, but clearly it needed a couple more touches.

    The greeting in the center is from the Merry Christmas to All stamp set, but you can use any greeting there. Embossing the sentiment with Lovely Lipstick Stampin’ Emboss Powder makes it easy to read over the soft green of Mint Macaron.

    Remember the key to stamping a greeting over an image is to use enough contrast to be able to read it clearly.

    With my wreath and greeting in place, I was really happy with the way my card was turning out, but it needed some embellishment and I didn’t really think through my lack of Lovely Lipstick accents—enter a little creativity.

    Using a pair of Lovely Lipstick Stampin’ Blends, I was able to customize some simple embellishments to decorate my card.

    Pearl Basic Jewels are easily transformed to any color with Stampin’ Blends. I used the Dark Lovely Lipstick to color the pearls and allowed them to dry a minute or two before applying to the wreath.

    Use a Dark Stampin’ Blends color on Pearl Basic Jewels for vivid color.

    Next I dyed some Whisper White Baker’s Twine with the Light Lovely Lipstick Stampin’ Blends. The lighter marker worked better because the twine absorbed the color looks darker when dry. 

    The lighter marker worked better because the twine absorbed the color looks darker when dry. Some plain white twine was also added to the bottom of the card for texture.

    Use Stampin’ Blends to dye white baker’s twine in any color.

    Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed the card and the simple tricks you can try. Take a look through your stash. Do you have a stamp that can substitute for a wreath? What have you got that can be colored with Stampin’ Blends? A little outside-the-box thinking might be just what you need as the deadline for Christmas card mailing closes in.

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