Thursday, May 30, 2013

Leaping Deer Card

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I haven't made any Christmas cards lately - so there goes another resolution to make one a week! But I made up for it a bit my making four the other day. I decided to enter the challenge at www.alwaysplayingwithpaper.blogspot.ca and used their sketch to make my Christmas card. Those are the only rules, follow the sketch and it has to be a Christmas card. I bought the Tim Holtz leaping reindeer die in February but never used it and decided it was time!


It was a very simple sketch, two different coloured paper cut on a wavy curve with an image on top. I used paper from the stash, cut the two colours together so they would be easy to put back together. I taped them across the back and mounted them on black cardstock and then on the background paper that covered the card front. The deer was cut from a left over piece of heavily embossed and glittered paper but it was rather blah looking on the card so I got out "All Purpose Ink" in Vegas Gold ink and dabbed it over the top. Nice, but still too blah! So, I cut out another deer in black and glued the gold one to the black one off-side so it looks like a shadow. Now I like it. The gold sentiment is a peel-and-stick. The little snowflake dots are also peel-and-stick. I made two the same except the other one has a different sentiment but because they were the same, I'm only posting one.
 
But the die set has two deer. One leaping, one standing. And, I had more of the same paper left over so I decided to use it up and cut out two more pieces. Here's the standing deer.
 
 
Exactly the same process. But I had two more pieces of the two wavy cut paper and didn't want to waste them so I made another card but decided to go with a silver deer.
 
I had run out of the blue background paper but I found this in the stash and it looked great with the silver deer. Actually it turns out the ink was called Platinum not silver and I think I was a little heavy handed with it and it was pretty bright. Simple solution to tone it down - rub some Broken China Distress Ink over it. You can't see it in in the photo but the blue ink hit the embossed areas and it is very pretty in real life.  This deer has a very tiny silver eye. I used a tiny punch to punch out a piece of left over peel-and-stick and it looked great. I tried it on the gold ones and hated it. I love experimenting! I did a lot of experimenting this week and came up with some very different cards!


 
 

5 comments:

Lesley said...

Wow, Violet! Look at you go with these wonderful cards! I need to find that die! Love that you made your deer look "varnished" in gold and silver and the simple stars in the background, create such a serene look. Just lovely. Thank you for joining us at Merry Monday!
Smiles,
Lesley

Marisa said...

Great threefer!! Love the deer and how you used them with the sketch. Thanks for joining us at Merry Monday this week :)

Sherry Eckblad said...

I love that Tim Holtz die and happy to see that you are back to making Christmas cards as they are beautiful. Thanks for joining us at Merry Monday.

Bonnie said...

Hi Violet. Isn't it nice when you can use up those leftover pieces and end up with several wonderful cards! Love these deer and the background papers show them off beautifully! Thanks for sharing them with us at Merry Monday!

Hazel said...

Beautiful deer - super cards - thanks for sharing for Merry Monday 64 - Hazel, Guest Designer x

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