Thursday, July 15, 2021

Happy Christmas

07/21/2021 Update: This card was a Top Three winner at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #429.

Atlantic Hearts has a fun sketch on their weekly challenge blog. This is Challenge #429, which began on Monday, July 12, and will end on Sunday evening, July 18, 2021. I decided to create a Christmas card using the sketch.

To a blue card base, I adhered a panel of blue wintry patterned paper. A strip of metallic paper along with a strip of the same blue as the card base was added. The pretty metallic design is the reverse side of the wintry paper. I stamped some snowflakes onto vellum using Versamark ink, then heat embossed them with silver embossing powder and die cut them. I was disappointed that the snowflakes were not as bright as I had hoped so I die-cut the shapes using white cardstock and added the embossed vellum snowflakes to the white cutouts.

I liked the snowflakes so I added a light spatter of glue and silver embossing powder to the card front. Once I applied the heat tool, the card gave off a nice shimmer. I added the snowflakes with thin foam tape. The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed with silver powder then added with foam tape. Finally, I added rhinestones in a variety of sizes because I like my Christmas cards to sparkle! The inside was lined with a panel of white cardstock and decorated with a vertical paper strip to match the one on the card front.

Take a look at the
AHSC429 Blog for the Design Team's cards and play along with the challenge!

I also found the Dies R Us Challenge. This is an Anything Goes as long as you use a metal die to create your design. They even have a store where there is a fine selection of dies. Take a look at the DRU173 Blog for their guidelines. This challenge will end on Wednesday, July 28, 2021.

Stamp: Stampin' Up! "Itty Bitty Christmas", CTMH "Elegant Snowflakes"
Ink: Versamark
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Misty Moonlight, & Vellum
DSP: Stampin' Up! "Snowflake Splendor"
Dies: CTMH "Elegant Snowflakes" & Jeanine's Oval Mini-Frames
Misc.: Stampin' Up! EP (silver); CTMH thin foam tape; rhinestones


  1. Silver and blue is my favorite for Christmas cards! The snowflakes are a perfect fir for this week's sketch. Thank you for joining us at Atlantic Hearts this week.

  2. Just beautiful! Love that pretty background paper, perfect with the snowflake images! :)

  3. Very pretty! Love all the sparkle!
    Thanks for sharing with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.
    Patty S, Design Team

  4. What a peaceful, immensely pretty holiday season greeting. It is downright mind boggling that Christmas is little more than 5 months away again at this point. Your lovely card is reminding me to start planning for my own festive makes this year, as no doubt, blink twice and we'll be hanging up the stockings and decking the halls again in no time!

    Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life

  5. I love blue and silver for Christmas! That background paper is a collection I own and this is a beautiful way to use it. The snowflakes are perfect against the photographic background. Thanks for sharing with us at Atlantic Hearts :)

  6. Melanie this is beautiful! I love the snowflakes and you can never go wrong with silver and blue for Christmas! Thanks for sharing at Atlantic Hearts.

  7. What a lovely card! Great idea to use snowflakes! Awesome take on Challenge 429 at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!

  8. Such a stunning card! Gorgeous background for your snowflakes! Thanks for playing with us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!

  9. oh so pretty! I love a good blue and silver snowy card, great take on the sketch. thanks for joining us at AHSC, we always love seeing your work. good luck