No holiday cards today! I need a break from the holidays and it's not even November yet. What's with that?
But I did have a lot of fun with today's card. It was one of the sketch challenges from the SUDSOL Stampin' Up! Demonstrators' group. When I saw the sketch, I immediately wondered what I could do in the way of a Christmas or Thanksgiving Card. That's when I decided I needed the break. So I went to that new old stand-by stamp set, Vintage Vogue. That smallest of flowers in the stamp set would fit perfectly in the small square on the central element of the card, and I could certainly use the longer stamp from the set for an edge for the vertical element.
Once I had all that tough decision-making done, I needed to figure out the rest of the card. Well, there's always texture as an embellishment (have you heard that from me before?). And what better texture than something else that's "vintage" – Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder. This is a Stampin' Up! exclusive Sizzix Embossing Folder, and it's the perfect complement to Vintage Vogue, as well as to many other stamp sets and papers that Stampin' Up! offers. Once I selected the colors for this card (Cajun Craze and Always Artichoke, with a card made of River Rock) it was easy to see that I needed to do some serious sponging. So not only did I sponge the edge of all the layers, I sponged the embossed areas of the card base. I just love the look of this. My how my tastes have changed over the last year. I don't think you'd have seen a bit of sponged area in any of my cards a year ago (I'll have to go look one of these days!)
One little side note – I thought that the stamped flower looked kind of lonely just stamped on that little square. So I stamped it again, cut it out, and adhered it on top of the already stamped image. That gave it just the right amount of texture, I think!
Enjoy your stamping this weekend, whether it's scrapbooks or card making. Have fun with it!