This card was inspired by a card designed by Mary Haugen. You can find the original here on her blog.
Now, when you compare the two, you probably won’t see much of a similarity. But when I saw this card I really liked the proportions, and I knew I had grey designer paper that had Christmas trees and just a touch of foil, much like the paper in Mary’s background. And that’s pretty much where the similarity ends.
I knew I wanted a Christmas tree die cut on the right side of the card, to match my paper choice, but finding the right style of tree took me a while. I didn’t want a solid design that would be overpowering and look like a big blob. I eventually found this design in the Silhouette Cameo store. And then I had to decide what paper to cut that design from. I struggled…do I make it green on the burgundy, perhaps white, solid grey? But then I pulled this damask style patterned paper from the same line I was using and thought – let’s try it, if it doesn’t work I try something different.
It was a bit of a risk because that patterned paper is very busy, but I think in the end it really works well with the intricacy of the die cut. And when mounted on a shadow of the tree shape in white, it really pops. But what I think really takes this card to the next level is the little round red stickers from Stampendous that I placed on the tree. It just ties the whole thing together.
Cardstock – Recollections
Paper – DCWV Cranberry Christmas
Stamps – Hero Arts Christmas Sentiments
Embossing Powder – Ranger
Ink – Versamark
Stickers – Stampendous