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Fri 08

November Challenge Inspiration
by Vicki Finger

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Hello!  Vicki here with you today.  I thought I would give you all a bit of challenge inspiration by using a patterned paper from the new Memory Box Dashing Holiday Paper Pad.  I thought it would be super cute to have a simple wreath made from the newly released Jovial Wreath Die with the Classic Ice Skates as the focal point of the wreath.  

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I started by selecting one of the patterned papers from the Dashing Holiday Paper Collection.  The one I chose is the green diagonal plaid with grey and a little bit of white.  I misted it with shimmer mist and set it aside to dry while I did the rest of my die-cutting.  

The white frame is a single layer that I had leftover from when I made the Shining Dove card several days ago.  That post is here.  This provided the perfect guideline for adding my wreath to the card.   I love it that with so many of the Memory Box frame dies can be mixed and matched with others in your collection.  

I die cut three of the Jovial Wreaths from #110 Metallic Pearlized Nickel Cardstock.  Next, I layered up each layer how I wanted them to look which was with the foliage primarily at the top of the wreath.  You could do it anywhere you want.  

I then cut three of the Classic Ice Skates dies and glued them one on top of the other to make a thicker element.  This gives a much more 3D appearance to the skates.  Using a silver metallic pen, I colored the blades of the ice skates. This was the easiest way to get a color match to the nickel cardstock.  

Next, I went back to my patterned paper and using Stick-It Adhesive, attached it to a piece of plain white cardstock so that it would be thicker.  Then I die cut it with Rectangle Basics in the 2nd to the largest size. YOu can really see the shimmer in some of the angles.  

I added that to a top folding card base, then continued to add the other elements into the card.  First came the frame, then the wreaths, and then the ice-skates.  I had planned to use white pearls for the decorative elements on the wreath, but when I placed them without adhesive, it was not enough contrast and so I switched over to Gold Foiled Pearls.  

For the sentiment, I die cut three of the "Peace" Cheshire Script die cut words and glued them together as well, placed them in the bottom center space that was open and added a large gold pearl on each side of the word.  Without those, I felt like the sentiment kind of got lost in the rest of the card.  

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Although you can't see the shimmer in this photo, you can really see it in the next one.  I love adding shimmer mist to winter-themed cards for the frosty look.  

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There was no stamping required for this card, just die cutting which is how I started making cards.  I used to detest stamping until the MISTI came along.  But I also enjoy just selecting a group of die cuts to work with and seeing how it all plays out once it's assembled.  I like this card much more than with the white pearls I tried first, and I hope you do too. Vickisignature

 

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Comments

Fabulous!! Love the wreath, the skates and all the gold and sparkling on aqua!!

Vicki this is fabulous!! What a fun holiday card!!!

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