This week I decided to create a card for the TGIF Sketch Challenge (#TGIFC120) and went with a Christmas theme. I'm starting to work on holiday designs, so this week seemed like a great time to come up with something festive.
Rustic Deck the Halls Christmas Card
I altered the TGIF Challenge sketch a touch to work with the rounded shapes I wanted to incorporate to make the design feel less square and rigid. I wanted to give a touch of softness, some metallic accents and a subtle pop of colour in my design. Let's take a closer look at this deck the halls inspired card!
I took the idea of a rustic Christmas and ran with it, using an embossing folder that looks like pine planks to add dimension and an outdoorsy feel. I accented the dimension by adding ink in the same colour as the paper, and layered it on using a foam roller. The effect is a cool texture that is lighter in the crevices where the ink doesn't reach.
I incorporated colour in the card base (Night of Navy), in the scalloped circle (Soft Sky), the mistletoe (Garden Green and Emerald Envy), and the strip of lacy paper that sort of looks like garland (Sweet Sugarplum). The greeting is embossed in metallic silver to give it a more Christmasy feel, and to make the design a little more luxurious. The little line under the sentiment is embossed in clear using a Soft Sky ink, so that it has a touch of shine to it as well with a little pop of colour that ties into the scalloped circle layer. Take a closer look at the details on the front of this card:
For the inside of the card I wanted to give more of a Christmasy feel, and I love snowflakes, so I added a few snowflakes in coordinating colours. I stamped the sentiment in Night of Navy, and the snowflakes in Soft Sky, Sweet Sugarplum, Basic Grey and Blushing Bride. The subtle colours work really well with the neutrals, and give a snowy feel to them. Check out the inside of the card:
I definitely think this deck the halls card design will be used for a card swap I'm participating in this week and in my Social Snail Mail artisan greeting card boxes this holiday season. If you want to get your hands on one, sign up for Social Snail Mail today!