Phew!.. I finally got this card done! :) I made this card for the weekly Sugar Nellie PCP Forum challenge where this week the challenge was warm and christmassy. I decided to kill two Sugar Nellie birds with one stone and use the Sketch over at the Sugar Bowl by Tiets below:
On first look, this seems quite complicated, but I'm usually up for a challenge, so thought I would give it my best shot. I approached this by hunting through my scraps box, and found some HOTP scraps (which I never throw away) and just played around with the layers for a bit to see which had the best impact.
I then did one layer at a time, and avoided 'over-matting', by opting to just stick the papers on top of each other, but matted just one piece and the main image with shimmer card. This avoided it looking to over-done imo. :) I used a pearl pin, a christmas sentiment from Crafty Bitz, mulberry holly leaves and some die-cut snowflakes attached with star brads. The 'Joy' sentiment was from a bag of xmas buttons from QVC.
I used Adirondack ink for staining, green perfect pearls, and stickles pearl for the hand-muff. The black dots are from peel-off cast-offs (the bits you dont use), and some white glitter on the coat trims. I also hand-stitched the gold around the image.... Phew! :)
I will be entering this card in the following competitions:
Sugar Nellie PCP forum - Warm christmas colours
The Sugar Bowl - Tiets Sketch
Crafty Cardmakers - No Square Cards!
Ooh La La Creations - Nothing Floral
Wild Orchid Challenges - Stitching (hand-stitched panel)
A Spoonful of Sugar - Sparkle and Shine (shimmer card, glitter, stickles, perfect pearls and bling)
Passion For ProMarkers - Recycle Theme - I used scraps of paper, the star panels were from an old christmas card cut up, and the black dots are from the bits you throw away from a peel off sheet.
Totally Gorjuss - Not a square card
Allsorts Challenge - Song title - 'Joy to the World'
Good luck to everyone else in these challenges!
Many thanks for looking, and always thanks for comments, they are much appreciated