Holly Berry Happiness

Holly Berry Happiness sparkles for Christmas

As I walked around the garden this week, I noticed the holly bushes in our front garden. Have you ever created your own Designer series paper? The Holly Berry Happiness stampset from Stampin’Up! lends itself so well to being able to create stamped images on background colours that “pop”. Suddenly I was inspired to create one of my craft retreat Christmas card designs. As the theme is Christmas I decided to first sponge my white cardstock in real read ink and then contrast this with garden green ink to create the background. The red of course depicting the berries on the holly bushes – although there aren’t any berries visible yet and the garden green reflecting the lush colour of the spiky holly leaves.

Holly Berry Happiness
Christmas and Holly go together

I don’t know about you, but for me Christmas always has to have a representation of holly somewhere in the mix. As a crafting technique, I rather enjoy using the finger daubers (or tiny finger sponges if you’re not familiar with them). Applying the sponges directly to the inkpads and then swirling them across the paper, created the unique swirls and blotches that I was looking for with and uneven blend of shades that resulted from me dragging the sponges across the paper.

Sponging Technique
Stamping is Fun

Now for the next fun part. I selected the outline holly leaf branch and the outline bow stamps from the Holly Berry Happiness stampset. I dabbed these into my Memento black ink and then stamped them randomly across the now sponged red and green background paper. The effect was quite striking. I decided to stamp the sentiment onto a stitched framelits oval shape to create a bit of character and then finished this off stamping green holly leaves around the edge and using my red sponge dauber, smudged the edges. The assembly part was quick and easy as I layered my unique and newly created Holly berry happiness “designer series paper” onto a real read card and used a strip of plain black card to emphasize the black stamping.

Holly Berry Christmas
Sparkle required for Christmassy effect

Finally of course there has to be a bit of sparkle. To introduce the Christmas sparkle element, I simply added some rhinestones. I had so much fun creating this card that I am now going to be experimenting with creating further background papers that are uniquely my own designs. Hope you enjoy this card and if you want to find any of the products I used to create it, be sure to visit my online shop using the Shop button on my website.

Happy stamping
Dianne x

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