Creative Fingers Challenge #141

Hello! Today is the start of Creative Fingers last challenge for this year. My inspiration for this challenge is a quick Christmas card, just perfect for a last minute make.

My feature image is a gorgeous, already colored tree scene by Wink Wink Ink, called Christmas Peace. Normally, I color my own images but when I saw this image already colored, I knew I couldn’t improve on its perfection. It’s just such a stunning image!

Instead, I just focused on designing the card and began trawling through my digital patterned papers. I eventually found a very old, dark, diagonal plaid that matched the colors in areas of the colored tree image. I cropped the digital patterned paper down to 5″×7″ in my photo editing software and made sure to save it as a jpeg file, ready for my free, Avery Design and Print Software. I also sampled two colors from within the paper and recorded their RGB parameters so I could use them in the Avery program. I loaded my paper into Design and Print, added two colored borders to match the paper, by using the RGB parameters to get the colors right. I printed the patterned paper and the feature onto regular cardstock.

Over the years of using Avery’s program, I’ve been able to judge image placement on the screen so I can just print, trim, score and fold. It’s something anyone could do by just checking the print preview option before printing, where you make sure your card front is on the top of the screen and rotated correctly. The printed cardstock can be converted into a card in minutes by folding and then trimming off the excess cardstock. Instead of cutting, matting and gluing the layers onto a card base, I do the layering and matting on the screen before I print by simply ordering, sending each image layer forward or backwards in the program. There are times, like this one, where printing and folding the card base works wonderfully. It’s a great time saver, particularly at a busy card making time of year like Christmas.

Once I had my card printed, scored and trimmed the card, I added peel off border stickers around the patterned paper where the two colored borders met. I then die cut my feature image using a generic lace edge oval die. I didn’t add any shading to the edge of the die cut as I wanted to keep the strong contrast of dark and white to be one of the card’s boldest features. I simply added more peel off border stickers around the edge of the oval, which really helped tie all the elements together and adhered the oval onto the card base using some foam tape.

I still wanted to add a little more decoration but didn’t want to overwhelm the pretty feature. I die cut some poinsettia petals with Dee’s Distinctively Poinsettia die and some Sue Wilson Pine Twigs, gluing them in place with Ranger Multi Medium Matte Adhesive. I added some gold Ranger Liquid Pearl drops to the centre of each flower and allowed them to dry and finished off by adding a peel off sticker greeting so all the gold elements would match.

I think this card would make a great last minute creation and, because there’s not too many pieces to cut, it also makes a great card for any mass productions needed before Christmas day.

I hope all your Christmas preparations go smoothly. Thanks so much for spending time with me today. I look forward to next time…😊

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