Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Christmas Cardinal & Poinsettia

EXACTLY ONE MONTH UNTIL CHRISTMAS! Sorry, just had to get that in there!
Good Wednesday morning everyone! This morning I've got for you... surprise... a Diva Sketch! Be sure to play along with this one- remember, in December we'll be randomly drawing one of our Featured Artists to win a prize from the Divas! So go play- your chances are GOOD!

So I followed the sketch pretty well this time, but we try to use current SU product which I sort of slacked on here. The ribbon is a retired Riding Hood Red taffeta and the background stamp called Stitched is also retired. Other than that- everything is current!

You all probably know how I am by now... that I do my best to steer away from the obvious in a challenge like this. Whatever first comes to mind I try to go in another, usually opposite, direction. So with this type of sketch I thought color blocking- meaning each panel a different color. SO, the exact opposite of that would be not only that they are all the same but the same as the card base as well- Sahara Sand in this case. To delineate between the two I stamped them with the background and sponged all the edges. First I sponged them with white, but that just didn't show up enough so I went over it with Sahara Sand ink. Much better!

In order to really make the red touches pop I decided to keep the other colors on the flower image very neutral- Sahara Sand with a bit of Mellow Moss for the leaves. That's it. But really I wanted the flowers to be the primary focus so when all was said and done they got a touch of Crystal Effects to make them shine. What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by today! I sure hope you'll play along with us this week- go post your creation with our Mr. Linky so we can vote for YOU as our next Featured Artist and a chance to win some blog candy in December!

SUO Supplies
Stamps: A Flower for All Seasons, All Holidays, Stitched
Colors: Sahara Sand, Ruby Red, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Riding Hood Red Taffeta ribbon, Crystal Effects, sponge, Stampin' Dimensionals, Aqua painter


  1. Kristin, amazing job! Love the subtle background. Love the focus on the image and the great ribbon to accent.

  2. Kristin, absolutely stunning card, I love how you created the background

  3. This is just wonderful, had me fooled there for a minute, trying to figure out the BG stamp when I was looking at this on the Diva blog. I always wished I had gotten that stamp!!! Now I make do with the Cornelli Lace wheel, but it's just not the same. Love the color combo you've used...very elegant!

  4. How gorgeous! This is one of the stamp sets I'm looking forward to getting in January!! TFS!

  5. this card is so classy & super elegant - I sure love that little stamp set. How very nice!
    It works so well with the panels and the ribbon at the top is the added touch needed to make this a WHOW card
    thank you for the inspiration

  6. love this! I've been using crystal effects more in the last few weeks than ever before. I think it gives a great finishing touch!


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