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Today I want to share with you WWI's brand new set Holiday Peace. I used the same stamp set and the same design for each of 3 cards. I was pleasantly surprised how different the look of the digital image and completed card was by changing/adding just a couple of things. The 3rd one below is the card I made for Challenge #4.
For the first card I simply printed out the pre-colored card front. I searched high and low for matching pattern paper and could not find one! YIKES!! So I did what any good crafter would do, I searched through our Christmas wrapping paper and found a perfect match!
I covered the complete card front with the wrapping paper. I ran my Krylon gold marker around the edges of each layer, adhered with dimensionals and finished off with a bow.
For the inside, using Photo Shop Elements, I changed the opacity of the cat/mouse silhouette to around 20%. I also changed the color of the sentiment using the paint bucket tool. Again running the Krylon marker over the edges and adhered.
For the second card, I wanted it to be just as quick and easy but with a pretty shimmer. I used the Paper Temptress Canvas Luster paper to print the image onto, some colored Vintage Luster paper for layers and White Diamond paper for a base.
I love how the different paper caused the colors to be muted a bit, printing out is soft pastels.
For the 3rds card, I deleted the background color of the card front image, leaving it white but the image intact.
TIP: Try using a firm, flat paint brush to apply your chalks. The one I used for this background is 1/4". What I found is that a paint brush as opposed to other mediums I have tried, such as sponges, daubers and cotton balls:
1. Gives much better control in how light or dark the color is applied
2. Does not apply splotchy but keeps the colors even
3. Gives much better control of where the color is applied. The light around the tree topper is a good example.
4. Gives a much better blending of colors. You can see how the background gets darker as it gets closer to the edges and below the tree, yet there is a nice, gradual blend.
5. Best of all, the paint brush cleans off with just a wipe or 2 on paper and can be used indefinitely, saving money!
I then embossed the candy canes and ornaments with clear powder and added glitter to the tree lights and topper. To finish it off I added some tiny buttons, which I colored with the Krylon marker, to the corner and gift bows. Below you can see that I also added some star buttons, with the back loop cut off, to the inside of the card.
Here you can see the 3 card fronts:
Isn't it amazing the difference a few small changes make!
I am entering this into the following challenge:
Top Tip Tuesday Challenge #5
I can hardly wait to see all your "button" creations through out the month...have fun with it!