Hello!  It’s the first Saturday of a new month so that means it’s time for another sketch challenge at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown!  52{C}CT co-creator Mynnette is our hostess this month, and she’s come up with a great sketch that can be kept simple or dressed up.

I decided to turn the sketch on its side for my card.  I also simplified the central element into a rectangle, but I’ve double matted the image I used there.  The cardinal was colored using the Magic Colored Pencil technique.  It was hard getting the lighting right when I was taking the photo, but in real life the cardinal coordinates nicely with the cherry red ribbon and cardstock.  I sort of hated to cover up the lovely chocolate satin ribbon with the cherry seam binding, but I really like the extra punch of color the seam binding gives.

Be sure to visit the 52{C}CT site to see what the rest of the design team has made.  If you’d like to join us, simply make a Christmas card using the provided sketch, and link it at our challenge website by 1:00 pm eastern time on Friday, May 10.  We’d love to see what you create!

Stamps: A Beautiful Season (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Cherry Cobbler, Naturals White (SU)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (SU)
Other: Chocolate Chip satin ribbon, Cherry Cobbler seam binding, dimensionals (SU); Snowflakes embossing folder (Sizzix); Premier colored pencils (Prismacolor); odorless mineral spirits (Houston Arts); pearl brads (Creative Imaginations); Classic Rectangles Plain and Classic Rectangles Scalloped Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders)

7 Responses to “52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown – May sketch challenge”

  1. This is gorgeous, Patricia! So elegant. I love those ribbons and you did a wonderful coloring job!

  2. Patricia, this is absolutely elegant and stunning! LOVE the beautiful image and I adore the fabulous coloring! HUGS and hope you have a great weekend!

    PS: If you’re interested, I have a DT call going on for a new challenge called House of Cards! I’d love it if you’d consider entering! :)

  3. LOVE how you flipped the sketch Patricia and the awesome effect you got by layering those ribbons. A very elegant and lovely card. Hugs D

  4. Beautiful! Love that you flipped the sketch and those two ribbons together remind me of chocolate covered cherry liquers, my favourite Christmas sweet treat!

    Louise xx

  5. OOh love this Patricia – gorgeous ribbon and a beautiful image – it’s stunning – Jacqueline xx

  6. Beautiful! I love the deeply embossed background and the super image. Since moving to the US I’ve seen a few Cardinals flying around – they are so bright and gorgeous – you’ve really captured that in this image. Fab!

  7. Love the rich, warm colours of this card Patricia, the ribbon layering is a fab touch and your cardinal pops beautifully! Ruth x

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