Sunday, December 15, 2013

Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge - December Week #3

Happy Sunday Everyone!  I hope that your weekend has been a good one :)

I'm back again for Week #3 of the Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge.

This week's challenge is an Anything Goes Challenge, where you can create anything your heart desires :)

For this weeks challenge, I just had to make another Christmas Card.  I could honestly make Christmas Cards all year around!  I knew that I wanted to create a card when with the Bitty Bungalows Stamp Set and coordinating dies.  When I was creating this card, I used a snow globe as inspiration.

The background/sky was created using a techniques I learned from Jennifer McGuire.  I used distress inks (dusty concord, faded jeans, and broken china) on Tim Holtz watercolor paper and a blending tool to get right sky color.  I then mixed some perfect pearls and water and used a paint brush to flick the mixture onto my 'sky' to get a snow/starry night look.  You can see a video and blog post on how to get this look on Jennifer McGuire's blog HERE.

Next, I created the snow banks by cutting out a hand drawn snow bank out of masking paper.  Laid it toward the bottom and sponged on some Hero Arts Unicorn White Pigment Ink.  I used my Signo Uni-ball white gel pen to define the snow banks from the background.

And that's how I created my snowy/starry night background :)  I then simply die cut, stamped, and colored with distress marks a bungalow.  Drew in some lights with a black marker and then filled them in with Stickles to create Christmas Lights on the bungalow.  Stamped a couple of hearts in white ink and that completed my wintery scene.

For the front of the card I used the Warm Hearts Stamp Set for my sentiment.  I stamped it on a scrap of red card stock using VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it in white.  Added a red stickler heart, green bakers twine, and some faux stitching to complete my card!

I hope that you guys enjoyed my 2nd project with the Paper Smooches SPARKS Design Team!  Be sure to head over to the Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge Blog to see all of the other designers stunning projects and to enter in the challenge for your chance to win some store credit toward your next Paper Smooches Order!!!

See you back here with more projects real soon!


  1. OHHHHHH! What a gorgeous Holiday scene you've created, Trisha (OHHHHHH! I just saw that you sign your posts with TRISH---do you want me to start posting and calling you that?!! Just let me know!)!!

    LOOOOOOOVE that you shared the link for this technique--- MUST check it out!

    Your house is colored beautifully--- love the banner-- love that background! AMMMMMMMAZING card:) YOU ROCK! <3

  2. Trish, this is stunning! Love the background and the twinkling lights you added to the bitty bungalow is just genius!

  3. This is so lovely - the layout, images - everything! Beautiful holiday card!


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