Monday, November 18, 2013

Holly Jolly Christmas featuring Guest Designer Mary-Ann Maldonado

Good Morning, Mary-Ann Maldonado here with my third card as a guest designer for The Rubber Cafe'!  I am excited about sharing this card with you today for many reasons.  Since my last two cards were white based and clean, I decided to get a little busier with this one.  I love the typical Christmas colors and multiple patterns I chose to put together here.  With a tad of stitching and foam tape for dimension, this card "pops!"  

I started with a standard size green card base and a green print as the background, cut and folded to measure 4 1/4 x 5 1/2".  If you look closely you will see that I distressed my edges with scissors to get a grungy look.  I took out my sewing machine that hasn't seen fabric in years, and did a little stitching on my stripped paper. I then created a free hand red tag, if you look close you will see it!  Cut a couple other blocks of paper and layered them to my liking.  

I stamped and embossed the "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas" from the "Twas the Night" stamp set included in the November kit on gray paper from the 6x6 paper pad.  I felt that the gray was a good neutral addition to my card.  White would have been too bold ( plus, I refused to use white on this card), and I still needed another color for my ornaments. I backed the title block with foam tape.  Punched out of two large snowflakes on different papers.  These were applied on top of each other with foam tape for dimension. The snowflakes needed something, and the ribbon was a little too wide for what I had in mind so I made my own twine from the ribbon.  

I carefully sliced up both sides of the red and green ribbon, tied them together into a bow and attached to the center of my snowflakes.

I also used this same technique as an anchor for my ornament banner that I have sweeping across my card.

You can see that I also stamped and 'fussy' cut four ornaments from "Twas the Night" stamp set, included in your kit. I colored them with the same color scheme as my card, backed with foam tape and attached small pieces of the homemade twine to each ornament to look like hangers.  
To complete my card, I used my fingernail to turn up some of the edges so they wouldn't look so flat. 

So, now I am three cards down out of 75!  I need to get busy!  I hope that you have been inspired to mix and match papers, color stamped images and alter ribbons to your specific needs!  
Until next time....


Stamps: The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe Kit of the Month -Twas the Night
Paper: The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe Kit of the Month -Twas the Night
Adhesive: The Rubber Cafe'- Scrap Happy GlueKool Tak Foam
Embellishments: Ribbon included in your kit.
Tools/Dies: Fine tip scissors, Martha Stewart Snowflake punch