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Inspired By a Favorite Sentiment

I have an all-time favorite winter sentiment that is so old, I don't remember the stamp company.  I've removed it from the original wood block and use it as a cling.

The next 3 cards all began with regular cardstock and Distress Oxides using the smoosh technique.  As you know, regular cardstock doesn't behave as well with the smoosh technique because the colors don't swirl and blend as well as with watercolor paper.  However, if you work quickly, I believe you'll be happy with the results!

Using a new bare tree die was the first step in designing the first card.  I did use my dryer sheet trick while diecutting as the glitter paper was fairly thick.  Good thing I did!  Next, I found an old Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz stamp set and proceeded to stamp the background using a VersaMark inkpad.  I had intended to just show the darkened images caused by the VersaMark, but I found my Perfect Pearls and decided to use them instead.  Another happy design moment!  If you forgot how to create this background, all you do is brush the Perfect Pearls over the VersaMark images and they will pop before your eyes!  For a fun Perfect Pearls refresher, find a YouTube link HERE by Justine Hovey.  The sentiment is actually mounted behind a diecut circle that is slightly offset over the edge of the card.
The next card almost looks like there's a snow mountain over on the left!  I stamped the tall pine trees and then added the diecut pine while leaving an area to tuck in the deer.  I found some cool oval layering dies (Stampendous) and thought the sentiment worked great stamped onto another piece of smooshed Distress Oxide!
I wasn't loving the beginnings of this card and set it aside while I worked on another card.  Once I came back to it, I saw a possibility for a design!  I had the background pines already stamped and decided to build on top of those trees using the open pine tree diecut.  I cut a dark green tree and a white glitter paper tree and offset them to make it look like there was snow on the tree.  I think it worked!  I grabbed another Tim Holtz diecut deer and tucked it behind the big tree.  I was on a finding roll and discovered Stampendous ticket stub layering dies that worked perfect on this card!

Gnome Birthday Wishes!

Thanks to my SIL, Peg, I'm gaga over making these little cutie gnomes!!!  I sent her this second card for her birthday because I know she'd enjoy it so much.

I love mixing patterns and it's so easy using 6x6 paper pads where every pattern works!  Turns out I have quite a few paper pads (shocker!) and had so much fun flipping through all the patterns!

Another Z-fold style just like last week's gnome card.  I can't wait to make more of these cuties!
Have a pleasant week!


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