Today’s card mixes Christmas DSP with the Stamped With Love set from the Annual Catalog. They may not have been designed together, but I believe they are a perfect fit.
The beginning to most of my cards is the DSP. This one was no exception. The retro looking mailboxes are a reverse side of one of the sheets from the Traditions of St. Nick Designer Series Paper. It is an Online Exclusive that is really nice paper with lots of Old World looking ST. Nick’s on it. As soon as I saw the paper, I knew it needed to be paired with the Stamped With Love set from the Annual Catalog.
The DSP piece is a muted Mossy Meadow color. I used Mossy Meadow for the narrow border layer. But went with Wild Wheat for a richer look. Actually, the idea for the Wild Wheat came in coloring the fountain pen. I wanted to make the writing tip either gold or silver. The Wild Wheat fit the bill for gold.
There are two stamp sets used for this card. The first is the Stamped With Love. But it does not have a sentiment on the envelope. So I went with the beautifully written Thinking of You from the Very Best Occasions stamp set.
The fountain pen and the heart inside the stamp are both colored using Stampin’ Blends. Real Red for the heart and Mossy Meadow and Wild Wheat for the fountain pen.
To create the focal layers, I used the Deckled Rectangles Dies. These come in several sizes and are a great to have in your tool chest. To fit the size I needed, I ended up using the same size for the focal layer and the background layer. With them being offset it is a perfect fit. To finish the card, I added a single green pearl from the Blooming Pearls embellishments.
The layers of the card are 4 1/4 X 11 scored at 5 1/2. The Mossy Meadow is 4 7/8 X 3 5/8. And the DSP is cut to 4 3/4 X 3 1/2.
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