08 November 2021

Rudolph's Woodland Christmas


Card design inspiration can come in many different forms. It might be a piece of paper, an adorable image, or the recipient. For this card, it was a bit of all three. 

My family members I made this card for have a beautiful cabin in the woods. I love the mountains. The smell of pine as you stroll through the forest, the hint of acrid smoke from the campfires, and the cool crisp morning air speak to my very soul with its peacefulness. I was hoping to capture just a speck of that in this card. 

The cardstock is from a 6" x 6" cardstock pad I purchased from Hobby Lobby back in 2019. It definitely fit the woodsy cabin feel I was looking for in a paper. I also picked up the holly flowers the same day. However, I used a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen in clear to add a frosty morning sparkle to my leaves. I did the same with the pinecone I created using the Tim Holtz Sizzix die cut set 664228. As you can see, I modified the pine cone just a bit. I wanted it to be solid, so I had a few puzzle pieces to put together. I left some out for dimension.

This adorable reindeer stamp is from CharliesStamps. It made me smile as soon as I saw it. For this type of card, I could have gone with a more realistic deer. However, it is all about what makes you feel good when you are creating. 

To colorize "Rudolph," I used the following Copic Markers: E11, E21, E25, R29, and C4. I also used a 05 Sakura Gelly Roller in White for the highlights. 

For the interior, I chose this campy, green gingham pattern from the same cardstack. I aged the edges with a bit of Distress Oxide in Ground Espresso. I made up my own sentiments because it reminded me of all the times our extended family has gathered around a campfire at night. Laughter always filled the air, especially when my father-in-law would tell us old stories. I miss those camping days. 

To finish out the card's edging, I cut out a .75" strip with a stitched edge. I wanted it to simulate a leather binding. 

The notched square die set I used on the back and in the interior is from Whimsy Stamps. 

The final touch will be to create a protective box for the card. It isn't as crucial as some of my flowery cards require, but it is always a nice added touch. 

Thank you for joining me. I appreciate everyone who takes the time to visit my blog. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to leave a comment below.

Wishing you all Warm Winter Wishes! 

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