Hello there, and happy Saturday to you! It’s sketch challenge week at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.  As with all of our sketches, you’re welcome to use the sketch as it’s drawn, flip it mirror image, or turn it on its side.  You may also change the white area to whatever shape you please.  So long as we can see the “skeleton” of the sketch, it’s all good!

I stayed pretty close to how the sketch was drawn.  I’ve combined images from several different stamp sets for my card.  I decided to use a wreath for the focal panel part of the sketch, and this is my first time using this wreath stamp.  (It’s from a cool set that could be used all throughout the year, not just for Christmas!)  I stamped the wreath on white cardstock and used the coordinating dies to cut it out. The white background looked harsh against the wood-looking background, so I sponged some green ink all over the wreath it to soften the look. I made a little bow from ribbon to embellish the wreath, rather than stamping the bow image from the set.  I guess one could imagine that the wreath is hanging on either a door or a fence.  The sentiment comes from an older Stampin’ Up set.  I could have stamped the holly berries, but instead I decided to use half pearls.  The pearls started out white, but I colored them with a Copic marker. If I wanted to mass produce this card, I’d buy red pearls. But for just one card to include in my stash for Operation Write Home, coloring them is easy enough.

52CCT 02-07-2015

Go see what the rest of the 52CCT design team has done with this sketch, and then show us your own take on it!  We’d love to have you link your card at the 52CCT site.  The challenge deadline is 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, February 13.  Please join in the fun and creativity!

Stamps: Wondrous Wreath, Hardwood, Madonna and Child (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Wild Wasabi, Soft Suede, Whisper White (SU)
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Soft Suede (SU)
Other: Wonderful Wreath framelits dies (SU); Dimensional Banners die (My Favorite Things); half pearls (KaiserCraft); sponge, satin ribbon (source unknown)

5 Responses to “52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown – February sketch challenge”

  1. j’adore Patricia, j’aime la sobriété et l’élégance de cette carte, biz

  2. Oh this is just gorgeous! I do like the woodgrain door and the beautiful Christmas wreath (I like the way you’ve softened the white). Great work. xx

  3. I love wreath cards and this is no exception. The hardwood background shows it off so well. Excellent take on the sketch, I never thought of using a wreath but it works perfectly
    Louise xx

  4. Swoon!!!! I’m in LOVE with this amazing card Patricia! Terrific wreath and woodgrain. Wow!

  5. I love the wreath stamp Patricia, and the coloured pearls look fab as 3D berries. Great stamping and great card, hugs, Gill xx

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