Sunday, July 31, 2011

WMSC58 - July 30. 2011 - Nutcracker Sweet

 WaltzingmouseStampsThis is the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 58 for the week of July 30.  I couldn't wait to start inking up the new Nutcracker Sweet set that I just received.  I usually think Christmas and go for the reds and greens, but this time I thought I would try something different.  I see so many contemporary cards with aquas, pinks, and violet that look gorgeous, but never really tried one myself.  Probably because I put off my Christmas cards until December 5th and time for fun and games is long gone -  it becomes more of a chore than a labor of love.   I'm glad I started participating in the sketch challenges - I am miles ahead on my cards.  Before I only made them when I had an event coming up.

WMS58I stamped both the pink and the purple backgrounds on this one.  It took me a little practice before I was able to line things up just right.  I use a laser level that shoots a red beam of light across my page so I don't have to draw a pencil line and then erase it (my husband recommended this tool a few years ago and I've been using one ever since).   Something you might want to think about trying - maybe there is one in your garage right now!! 
I also used a ivory pearl paper for my card base, and a gold pearl paper for the cover base.  The Square Pocket is also cut in a gold pearl paper and the Nutcracker is embossed in gold so there is alot of shimmer on this card.
The tag comes out of the top of the pocket and it is the perfect size to attach a plastic gift card.   Here is a closer look at the tag.

Products Used:
Waltzingmouse Stamps:  Nutcracker Sweet, Join Us
Die Cuts:  Spellbinders Fleur De Lis Rectangles  Labels 18, Labels 14
Gold Embossing Powder
Ink:  Momento:  Grape Jelly, Rose Bud, Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Antique Linen
Ribbon:  Hug Snug Seam Binding Lavender


Julia Aston said...

This is just fantabulous!! love the colors - your wonderful bg stampings and the lovely nestie framings!!

Lynn Mercurio said...

FANTASTIC! Love this creation and this image really stands out with your background die cut. Super creativity! Thanks for playing along with the Waltzingmouse Stamps Sketch Challenge!

Kelly S. said...

Holy GORGEOUS! The colors are amazing, as is your stamping, Jeanne! A super red laser beam pointer thingie?! What an awesome idea! I never would have thought of that! Now this is something I can ask my husband for for my birthday. He would think I was "cool" then, hee!

Mona Pendleton said...

Oh my Jeanne! This card is so GORGEOUS! So rich and elegant looking! LOVE the gold Nutcracker! Thanks for joining along with the WMSC :)

Deborah Frings said...

Wonderful card - I love the Nutcracker and I really like the way you've made the fabulous backing paper!

Clare said...

This is just WOW! I love everything about it, the colors, the die cutting, all the details!! Thanks for joining us this week at the WMSC!!

Charmaine Stack said...

Such a pretty card, Jeanne. And thanks for the tip. I am going to ask Santa for a laser light level for Christmas!