You know what my original plan was? Create a really simple christmas card. Being short on time and short on sleep, that didn’t seem like the world’s worst idea. Of course, at some point, my ego kicked in and the little voice at the back of my head whispered: ‘Do you really want to publish a card as lame as this?’ Especially since this is the Make The Day Special Design Team christmas post that sends us off into our well earned holidays.
Originally, I only wanted to stamp a sentiment, two mistletoe sets, and be done with it. But the card looked bland. And boring. And empty. And I was unhappy. So I went on to improve it 🙂
First off, I mounted my front panel on a red mat, giving the front piece some additional pop. Mind you, you don’t need to see a lot, just a wee bit so you have a little bit of contrast. And after stamping the original two sets of mistletoes (three leaves and one red berry), I progressed to add a few more leaves to fill in the empty space. I used pigment inks to make the colors pop even more and then brushed some clear Wink Of Stella on top. Of course, I still wasn’t happy with it.
So, I grabbed my glossy accents, fought for a few minutes with a clogged up nozzle, by accident pulled the entire upper part off and almost splashed glue all across my project … yes, that’s how I roll! Anyhow, I finally managed to grab a needle and then carefully applied the glossy accent on all the leaves and the two red berries, giving them some dimension. And, as Jennifer McGuire demonstrates again and again, the glossy accents trap the sparkle of the Wink of Stella underneath and even enhance it. Done. My really simple card 😉
Hope you enjoyed the card and have a wonderful fourth advent!