Hello!  The new year has brought some changes to the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown blog.  The biggest is that we’ve decided to switch to a twice-monthly challenge format, offering challenges on the first and third Saturdays of each month.  That’s made it necessary for a name change to Christmas Card Throwdown.  We also have a bunch of new design team members, and I hope you’ll join me in welcoming them by visiting their blogs and leaving comments for them.

We’re starting off with a sketch challenge.  It’s actually quite similar to one I put together for CAS Colours & Sketches a few years ago.  🙂  I wouldn’t be surprised, though, if someone else in the crafting world had based a challenge on something like it before I did it!  Still, even with the sketch being familiar, I had a really hard time coming up with a card I liked for the CCT challenge.  I tossed several ideas around in my head, and got one card made but then didn’t like it once it was all assembled.  So I went back to the proverbial drawing board and looked through my Christmassy designer papers.  I found one with ornaments, and a light bulb went off in my head because I knew I had a stamp set with similarly-shaped ornaments.  I turned the sketch on its side, elongated it into a rectangle, and put the fold of my card at the top.  I used the rock-n-roll technique to ink the ornament stamp, which provided me with the darker edges to the stamped image.  I used dimensional adhesive to attach the ornament to the card for a little extra interest.

52CCT 01-07-2017


We hope you’ll enjoy our new blog format and challenges this year!  Now it’s time for you to check out all the challenge details at the CCT site, and visit the rest of the design team members’ blogs for more inspiration.  Then create your own card and link it at the CCT site by 7:00 pm Eastern time Friday, January 20.  Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Stamp: Delightful Decorations (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Gumball Green, Whisper White (SU); designer paper from Very Merry Christmas 6×6 paper pad (Echo Park)
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Cherry Cobbler (SU)
Other: ornament punch, dimensionals (SU)

7 Responses to “Christmas Card Throwdown – January sketch challenge”

  1. The sketch looks great turned on its side. Your bauble matches the design paper beautifully – I hadn’t heard of the rock ‘n’ roll technique, so had to go and google it!

  2. Happy New Year Patricia! Love the baubles! Xx

  3. elle est si sobre et charmante Patricia, la décoration lui donne sa touche finale, biz

  4. The paper and the baubles are perfect together. Very effective technique inking the bauble. I’m glad it’s not just me who goes round in circles with ideas!

  5. I think this is a really fun way to use this sketch. I love the papers you used. Beautiful card.

  6. This is so beautiful. Love the colors!

  7. So sorry to be late commenting on this fab card. I do like the way you’ve used the sketch – works really well. Love the design paper with those ornaments. And my all time favourite ornament stamp too. Perfectly CAS and so you. Lovely work. Deborah, xxx

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