I had promised myself to not get caught up with this Christmas in July phenomenon in the US! But what is a girl to do when one of your favourite stamp companies, Penny Black, has this as a theme for a challenge! Well, you put your differences aside and get on with the job! I just could not pass up a Penny Black challenge. I have very few of theirs stamps but I am on a mission to get a collection going. I especially love all their older wood mounted floral sets. However, for today's card, I had to use a hedgie and I had to figure out a Christmas scene of some sort. I also decided not to go with traditional red and green. I hope it passes the grade!
Paper: PTI cardstock; Neenah
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copic Markers; HA Soft Pool ink; Versamark
Stamps: Penny Black "Critter Party"
Other: Cuttlebug embossing folder; Gem (Recollections); Crinkle Ribbon; Dimensional squares; Clear embossing powder
I inked up the embossing folder, on the debossed side with Soft Pool ink and ran my white cardstock through the Cuttlebug to create a "faux letterpress" effect for the background.
I stamped the hedgie twice and pieced back the feet, hands and gift. The feet and hands are popped up with dimensionals.
I had an extra piece of the snowflake embossed paper, not inked, and decided to cut out one snowflake. I then pressed that snowflake into my Versamark inkpad and clear embossed it. The gem is coloured in with a matching Copic marker. I then adhered that to the home dyed crinkle ribbon.
I am not entirely sure whether this is Chrismassy enough, perhaps more a winter card - aagh, I hate it when I doubt myself. If I have time I might give this challenge another bash! Can you tell that I am in desperate need of some Penny Black stamps!