All Is Calm All Is Bright Candles And A Special Announcement

by Joanne James8. December 2020 13:00

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Today I'm sharing a card for the new challenge over at CAS Colours and Sketches, but this time not as a participant - as one of their new design team members for 2021! It is the final CC&S challenge of the year and they have reached a milestone 400th challenge - what an achievement! I have been invited, along with the other new design team members, Vicky, Bhavya and Jenny - to create a card for this week's challenge. This week's theme is to create a seasonal card with any of the challenge sketches or colour combinations that have featured in their challenges this year:

 

I actually didn't go that far back to find the challenge I wanted to work with; I missed participating in Challenge 398 only a couple of weeks ago but I loved this sketch and had so many creative ideas, I had to try one of them out for today's card. Here's the sketch that featured in that challenge:

   

What to do with those vertical lines? I considered a row of festive stockings, but also wanted to try something with another of my favourite Christmas sets this year, 'Sweetest Time'. Take a look at what I came up with:

 

Here's the low-down on today's card:

All Is Calm Candles - If you know this stamp set (and if you don't check out the image in the shop link at the bottom of the post), it has a stamp that is a trio of candles. I decided to get creative with my masking and with the aid of my trusty Stamparatus, I stamped the central three candles, then masked them with a post-it note before stamping an additional candle either side. I did stamp the outer candles in two parts, as I wanted to shorten them too to reflect the chaging size of the lines, but this wasn't too tricky; the Stamparatus made it easy to line up the stripes so you'd really never know.

All is Bright - I decided to omit the last word of my stamped sentiment from the set and replace it with a feature 'Bright' diecut across the front of my candles, cut with my 'Joy' dies for the perfect statement centrepiece. 

Unconventional Colour Combo - I've a couple of confessions as far as this card goes: I originally made it as a single white base layer, however when complete it looked less 'clean and simple' and more 'bland'. To be fair I think this might have a lot to do with my unconventional festive colour combo of Night of Navy, Petal Pink and Cherry Cobbler that feature in Color Dare's TicTacToe challenge 422 (bottom row). I liked these colours together and thought the bold sentiment would work well with the pale candles, but when finished it was, well, bland. So I cut it up and added some outline borders and a pastel card base, along with some clear Wink of Stella to the candle flames and the Navy 'Bright' diecut - and instantly liked it a whole lot better!

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:

 

You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

 I think my card is still (relatively) clean and simple, although does now have a few more layers than I suspect my new team members would like. I am looking forward to honing my CAS skills as I work with this lovely group each week - I think that might be my 2021 New Year Crafting Resolution #1 ...

Enjoy your day and I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!

 

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Vicky
VickyUnited Kingdom
12/8/2020 5:58:46 PM #

Well you really are showing your skills with the Stamparatus aren't you! Impressive! I love your full disclosure about the making of this card - and it just goes to show that not being happy with something initially doesn't mean it can't be tweaked. You ended up with a beauty with this one! Vicky x

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Deborah Wheeler
Deborah WheelerUnited Kingdom
12/8/2020 11:07:58 PM #

Lovely card - many congrats on becoming a design team member for another challenge.  Talent will always out!

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Julie Peddicord
Julie PeddicordUnited States
12/9/2020 2:18:52 PM #

Great take on the sketch and I think it's wonderful that you went back and used one you'd missed.  Welcome to CC&S!!!

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Jenny Martin
Jenny MartinAustralia
12/11/2020 10:05:36 AM #

What a creative card! I love the soft candles with the bold red sentiment!

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Stef Perry
Stef PerryUnited States
12/12/2020 4:37:08 AM #

Big congrats on being a new DT member, Joanne! Your skill with CAS cards will let you shine in this new roll!  I love this pretty card with the die cut sentiment layered over the candles. And well done not quitting, it all came together so beautifully in the end!

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Jaydee
JaydeeUnited States
12/12/2020 8:21:22 PM #

Joanne,
congratulations on being a member of the DT!  So happy for you and what a wonderful card to kick off with.  I love the die cut sentiment over your soft candles!  I agree with Stef, it was worth working at!
Hugs
Jaydee

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Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
12/12/2020 9:26:12 PM #

Oh wow, I was slow in catching up! Congratulations on being part of the DT. This is one of my favourite challenge sites - even though I've barely played there for the last year. I look forward to getting more inspiration from you over there.

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