Sunday, July 22, 2018

Christmas Silhouettes

Hi friends! It's Sunday and that means time for a new challenge at The Paper Players! This week the amazing Nance is our hostess with a Clean-and-Simple challenge: Use Negative Space on your Card.

It took me a while to come up with an idea for this challenge, as the use of negative space is something I rarely incorporate in a card. But hey, that's why they call it a challenge, right? I went through my dies to look for something suitable, and was thrilled when I came across this NBUS die from Simon Says Stamp, Bare Tree Oval. Perfect! I tried to keep things as CAS as possible, but must admit I spent a bit of time on the background. First I sponged distress inks onto watercolor paper, then splattered a bit of water, and finally splattered some watered down acrylic paint to give the illusion of snow. 

I had some leftover background so I made a second card, with a different sentiment and a bow on the tree. Which do you like better?

Two more Christmas cards to add to my stash!


I'm also sharing these creations at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, which is use a die or punch, and the Jingle Belles Challenge, All Bundled Up (make a card with layers).

Stamp Sets: Winter Wonderland (Mama Elephant), Vintage Post (Hero Arts)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Smooth Watercolor (Bristol), Woodgrain Textured (Altenew), Real Red (Stampin Up)
Ink Pads: Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks (Ranger), Lipstick Red (Simon Says Stamp), Cup O' Joe (Hero Arts), Versamark
Tools: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Bare Tree Oval Die (Simon Says Stamp), Winter Wonderland Dies (Hero Arts), Heat Tool
Accessories: White Acrylic Paint (Target), White Embossing Powder, Moonshine Sequins (Simon Says Stamp)

Second card also uses:
Layering Wreath Stamp Set & Dies (Hero Arts), Hand Lettered Holiday Die (W plus9)

Thanks so much for stopping by! Please leave a comment, and then head over to visit the rest of the Design Team at The Paper Players. We hope you'll play along with our challenge this week, too! 

Inky hugs :)


SmilynStef said...

Fantastic use of negative space for gorgeous holiday cards ... so glad you got all *bundled-up* with us at jingle belles.

Nancy Farrell said...

Hi Sandy . . . I'm such a lover of bows! I like the merry too. Obviously, they are both great!!!

Jan Clothier said...

Christmas cards already?! Both are lovely, but I like the one with the deer the best. It's a great die with the tree. The background - wow, marvellous!

lauren bergold said...

ohhhhhh that is such a clever design and a brilliant way to incorporate negative space! such a beautiful addition to the "all bundled up" gallery at JINGLE BELLES! ♥

debby4000 said...

Oh what beautiful Christmas cards, love how you made the tree die cards look so different from each other.
Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Annie S. said...

I was so happy to see another Christmas card! I like both of your cards - especially the wonderful snowy background! Hope you're having a great week!

Nancy said...

Love them both Sandy!! Your are truly inspiring me now...I just need to recoup from vacation and get my laundry done so I can play!

Nance Leedy said...

Oh they are both lovely, Sandy! I'm fond of deer so I love the first one and the balance of colors is fabulous. Your background is gorgeous! Great card for the challenge, my friend! Now I'm off to SSS to buy that die....

Claire Broadwater said...

Sandy, these are just gorgeous! I love deer and the background you created using the negative space is perfect! The tree die is fabulous and I love the little red bow. SUPER cards and so wonderful to have two cards to add to your Xmas stash! Have a great weekend, My Friend! XX

Jaydee said...

Sandy, I love them both... but you know that the one with the deer would steal my heart :-) Fabulous background and I love the touch of kraft with this red, blue and white color scheme. Gorgeous cards. Hope you have a wonderful weekend

JoAnn said...

I love them both. Great background you created for them. The deer really stands out on the first one. TFS