Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Warmest Holiday Wishes

Are you ready for a touch of Christmas in July? The Serendipity Stamps Design Team was challenged to produce a little bit of holiday magic this month and since I love Christmas, I couldn't wait to get started. I knew that I wanted to do something slightly unconventional and when I saw this shell wreath stamp, I knew what it would be.

I began by selecting a color scheme that felt tropical and stamped the image in Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I colored the wreath with Copic Markers and then came the cut the wreath out or not. I wrestled with the answer for quite awhile. I mean, did you see all those bits of seaweed framing the wreath? It was a lot of cutting, but just a few minutes later I was done and I'm happy with the result!

I stamped a second image and colored and cut out the sea shells and added them to the wreath with Dimensionals. I used my Spica Markers too for just a little shimmer. I then added a few Kaisercraft pearls to accent the tropical feel. The sentiment is computer generated.

Now is a great time to head over to Serendipity Stamps! Mary is having a "Christmas in July" sale. It runs from July 15th through the 19th. Thanks so much for visiting today. Be sure to check out the rest of the "Christmas in July" creations by visiting the other DT members' sites:

It's all about the details:

Card stock: Stampin' Up and Bazzill
Patterned Paper: None

Stamps: Serendipity Stamps, Shell Wreath Large
Ink: Distress Ink
Accessories: Dimensionals, Ribbon, Kaisercraft Pearls
Tools: Copic Markers, Spica Markers, Nestabilities, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder


Deborah March said...

Beautifully done!

Jennifer said...

Cathy this is gorgeous! This is such a beautiful stamp and you've created an elegant and beautiful card.

so A"MUSE"D said...

Love it! Love those earthy tones on the bright blue!

Shannan Teubner said...

Kathie, this is stunning! OMG!

Yvonne said...

Wow, this is totally breathtaking!! I love the colors you have used, and the seashells and the pearls are just perfect.

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Beautiful! Oh your wreath is just wonderful. the colors are so soothing and warm. Fabulous card.

Ann said...

Beautiful!!! I love the colors and pearls!

Lynda Benden said...

WOW Kathie, this is AWESOME! I LOVE the colors and the way you popped up some shells, great job!

Anya said...

Kathie, this is amazing! I picked this stamp as well and have yet to use it. I love what you did to add dimension, and your coloring is fantastic!

Ida P. Krause said...

Wow (insert picture of jaw dropping)...This is beautiful. You did a fantastic job with the cutting on the seaweed. So, so pretty.

Candy said...

Hi Kathie!!
What a gorgeous card! I LOVE what you have done with the image and the colours you have chosen for your card - absolutley delightful.
Love Candy