Welcome back to the Fab Friday challenge over at the Fab Friday Challenge Blog! This week we have a color challenge. I’m lucky in that, while I had totally lost track of time on this challenge, these are the colors I used for a set of cards I just made with Sizzix Tim Holtz’s Cool Yule dies. It was fate! I’ve been kind of MIA for the past few days because my oldest, Laurel, ended up in the hospital, so we’ve been dealing with that. She’s home now, though, and feeling better!
I’ve been all about making multiples lately, since Christmas pretty much calls for them. These cards use all dies! This is a great time to take advantage of Scrapbook.com’s 12 Hot Brands on Sale for 12 Days, which includes up to 50% off all die cutting supplies and deals on 12 hot brands with a free gift each day! Today’s :
These cards all have the same basic layout but differ in the colors and dies I used for each. I have to say, when I saw this set of dies, Cool Yule, I HAD TO HAVE IT. I love anything lately with nerd glasses on it, and so I decided to recreate each of the 4 images that are created with this set of dies, just as they are. I also decided to do cards with a bit of an edge to them since these images have a bit of an edge to them. Once I got started with the first one, it was so much fun! I spent some time figuring out just the right sayings for each. Lookie:
Hella cute! (let’s be edgy all the way!) I used Tim Holtz’s Distress Kraft card stock plus Neenah Solar White for the white bits to create my 4 images. This required tweezers, a Sakura Quickie Glue Pen, some Brushed Corduroy distress ink, a sanding block, and lots and lots of patience to get all the tiny pieces cut and glued in the right place. I had a small container that I put the pieces in as I cut them, which kept everything in place. I ended up using Bazzill Card Shoppe Peanut Clusters for the base. It’s a nice kraft card stock but it has a very slight greenish/taupey undertone that I like.
The top one was the first one I did. I thought that Santa looked a bit like Walter White (yes, Breaking Bad AGAIN), and I had seen a snarky Christmas card with this saying, so I decided to go for it. I used Altenew’s Contemporary Alphabet (lower case), and stacked up 2 of each letter cut out of card stock and one cut from Tim Holtz’s Idea-ology Christmas Worn Wallpaper. This is a lighter than card stock weight paper with a wallpaper texture (like linen) that can be distressed, which I did do with a sanding block around the edges.
Originally, I had written the words “my name” on the strip I put under the letters, as a way to make sure the letters all lined up plus made the design’s foot print on this #10 card fill the whole card front nicely. But on my second card, I thought to use another new set of dies, Christmas Words #2. I cut these out of card stock in the manner suggested as a strip with the negative of the letters. While I liked the negative strip I had cut, I really liked the positive letters better for this particular card. Then I had a brainwave: Why not cut them out of something self-adhesive like the cherry wood tape I had gotten from Simon Says Stamp? The wood would go with the distressed look perfectly, and they would be easy to adhere to the card front without having to use a glue pen. Eureka! I loved the look so much that I took the strip off the first card and did it over to match.
By then, I had the idea down, it was just a matter of coming up with cool sayings. The name of this set of dies, Cool Yule, was the inspiration for the penguin card. And I found the snarky saying for the Snowman card on Etsy. I used Altenew’s Contemporary Bold Alphabet Caps for the second two cards, and for the penguin card, I couldn’t find the letter U in the Christmas Words #2 set, so I grabbed Simon Says Stamp’s Small Rounded Alphabet, which I used for the small letters.
I added accents from Kaisercraft’s Lucky Dip Joy Wooden Shape set and my favorite Doodlebug Designs Glitter Sprinkles.
I am beyond thrilled with how these turned out! They were fun to make, and it’s nice to have an alternative to send to one’s more sarcastic friends and relations.
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