Monday, July 16, 2018

Stylish Christmas in July for Freshly Made Sketches

I know. I'm sorry. But around this time of year, the mind of a paper crafter starts drifting ever so gently towards Christmas and Christmas card designs, and when I saw the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches' latest design, my mind leapt to a new stamp set that had not yet seen any ink, Stylish Christmas! Here's the sketch I'm talking about:

Stylish Christmas stamp set is also one of the DistINKtive design stamp sets I've been so obsessed with, where the red rubber has been engineered to give different opacities of ink in different areas of the image, creating light and shadow and an interesting design. For this stamp set, it is not used to created a photo realistic image, more a translucent looking one. Take a look:

  • It's the poinsettia and the holly leaf that have that DistINKtive engineering so you can see what I mean. I looks like some of the petals or leaves are partially see-through. The petals are stamped in Poppy Parade and the Holly Leaves in Mossy Meadow.
  • The background has been smooshed in several layers with Crushed Curry ink, with the ink getting progressively more intense, and drying it between layers to prevent it from blending together. The black flourish is stamped using retired Basic Black Archival ink, which I just love and can't believe has been retired! I'll keep using mine until it all runs out.
  • The strip of Designer Series Paper on the side is from the Broadway Bound Specialty Designer Series. It's a great set with gold foil designs on one side and plain and birthday theme designs on the other. The gold patterns are great for any celebrations.
  • The sentiment is also from the Stylish Christmas set, embossed with Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder on Basic Black cardstock. 

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I really like this stamp set for the elegant looks you can get from it and I think I will be making a lot more holiday designs in the coming months using these images.

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  1. The colors work together beautifully on your card!

  2. Beautiful Christmas card! That poinsettia is just gorgeous! Thanks so much for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches.


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