I decided to use the Home For Christmas Designer Series Paper as my background. I don't use a lot of Designer Paper and it's annoying because we have some wonderful designs in the Holiday Catalogue. And then I wind up with the paper in my stash. It's a really bad habit and I'm trying to break it.
The design I decided to use is the one with all the houses and churches in a snowy setting. It just evokes such an old-fashioned Christmas feeling and, with the snow on the ground here, I was ready to begin thinking of Christmas. The design has some terrific colours in it. I probably took almost as long deciding which colours I would use for my cardstock and ink as I did making the card. I had just about convinced myself that I would be using the Mint Macaron and then, at the last minute, I decided to use the Mossy Meadow instead. Now, looking at the card, I'm very glad I made that decision. I don't always use what are considered the conventional Christmas colours, but for this card they really work, don't they?
My base is the heavy weight Whisper White. Then I added a layer of Real Red followed by the Designer Paper. With such a lot going on in the patterned paper, I knew I had to keep the rest of my card very simple. For the two skinny horizontal pieces in the sketch, I chose to use a background of Real Red topped with Mossy Meadow for the narrower one and then I used a background of Mossy Meadow topped with Real Red for the wider one.
I used the Merry Everything stamp set for my sentiment and stamped that using Mossy Meadow ink on Whisper White. After cutting that out using my Note Tag punch, I added a backing of Real Red which I fussy cut close to the tag. To finish off, I took Real Red ink and stamped the ribbon from the Wondrous Wreath stamp set and then cut that out using the matching framelit. A Real Red Home For Christmas Enamel dot finished it off.
When I look at my card, I find myself wondering why I don't use Designer Paper more often. It certainly worked out well for this one.
I hope you'll join me and the other Watercooler Artists this week and add your creation to our page at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.