Over at Splitcoast today...the Technique Lover's Challenge is to make a card with no stamping. Sacrilegious no? LOL! Actually, there are so many fabulous papers and embellishments to work with, that can easily be done.
My card base is a standard A2 to which I've layered some designer paper that's been distressed with a distressing tool. Next it was sponged all around the edges with Always Artichoke. Then two small rectangles of the same pack of designer papers also been distressed and inked, but with Real Red this time. They are then layered onto the card. Next is a strip of felt glued down the left side of the card.
The sentiment has been sponged with Real Red and popped up on dimensionals. On the bottom part of the sentiment piece I've layered many punched pine branches in two different colors - Old Olive and Always Artichoke. Crafter's Pick glue and a toothpick work really well for small pieces, like these little branches. I also used it to glue down the red felt - works like a charm!
My little bells are made from a Martha Stewart punch. First the edges are sponged with the coordinating inks. Next I used my white gel pen and added some highlights. In order to soften the highlights, they were simply rubbed with a cloth to give a more subtle look. Then, using a molding mat and large ball stylus, they were shaped to give more dimension. Some linen thread is tied through the top of each bell. And, the final embellishment, a small bow in gingham ribbon (thanks Kathy!).
Paper: Stampin' Up! Naturals Ivory, Always Artichoke, Real Red and Authentique Wonder
Ink: Stampin' Up! Always Artichoke and Real Red
Accessories: Authentique Two-Sided Elements, Rhonna Farrer Christmas Patterned Felt, Martha Stewart Pine Branch and Jingle Bell punches, distressing tool, linen thread, white gel pen, McGill Molding Mat and Paper Blossoms Tool Kit, sponges, gingham ribbon, Crafter's Pick glue, toothpick
Have a marvelous Monday, everyone!