My first cards for the 2013 Christmas Card Challenge. I decided to go with a deer theme this year (last year it was ornaments).
I started off with a Stampin' Up! stamp that I love but have never really used - Dasher. The challenge for January's cards is to use non-traditional colors, so I went with blue, tan and white. This might meet the letter of the challenge but for me it doesn't exactly meet the spirit of the challenge. Blue tends to be my "go-to" color for Christmas Cards. The addition of the Sahara Sand is what's non-traditional for me.
I used a Inkadinko snow flurry set, embossed in white on the Sahara Sand, to mimic the movement in Dasher's antlers and evoke a blizzard-like vibe. I added a snowflake to the snow flurry flourish to add a little interest, and used a sentiment from an Impression Obsession set.
This is a picture showing my prototype and the final version. The main difference is the switch from Crumb Cake to Sahara Sand. My husband liked the Crumb Cake version better, but I had a strong preference for the Sahara Sand. This is also one where I flipped the flourish so it's strongest on the right, rather than the left. I only did this on one card but I think I like it better.
And this is where the new SU ink pads really shine. I could never have achieved this clean of an image of Dasher with the old pads. They also sponged really well.
Date: Monday, January 21, 2013 GMT Views: 2521