TMS #170: Cheery Lights Mailbox

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hi Friends! Time for another Tuesday Morning Sketch challenge! Theresa came up with a really cute sketch, and you're going to love all the different interpretations the DT came up with using it.

This week, we're sponsored by Meljen's Designs. They generously provided images for the DT to work with, and I had a blast with this one. I've been wanting to try a technique that I've seen before that involves multiple images with all the different parts of the image cut out, embossed with a stylus, then layered (I think it's called 3D layering), and this cute mailbox was the perfect image to use for it. I'll show you a close up in a sec.
For the banner, I used a dp that had a banner printed on it, sewing it with a zig zag stitch. I added a small strip of burlap under the image panel and backed it with a pretty striped dp. I added rhinestones for a little extra shine.

Here are a couple of close ups showing the layers. Everything is layered, including the front mound of snow at the bottom of the image. It's a little hard to see in the photos, because I don't have the layers popped up much (I used crimped cs instead of pop dots), and I also embossed the edges of each piece so the edges would curve down just a bit. IRL, it looks so cool and it just begs to be touched! I didn't used a whole lot of layers, but next time I think I will. I thought it would be a time-consuming technique, but really, it wasn't at all. I colored the string of Christmas lights with Copics, then used Glossy Accents on each one. I used a Snow Marker randomly on the snow, and added a little Stickles to it after it was heated.
I used the same striped dp on the inside that I used under the burlap on the front, and the stamp is from Flourishes. I recently bought all the seasonal Distress Inks and my DH made me more blending blocks for all of them, so I was able to sponge the new (to me) Iced Spruce ink, combined with Tumbled Glass ink inside the die to achieve the pretty dusky color edging on the sentiment panel, as well as the image panel on the front of the card.

So, head on over to Tuesday Morning Sketches to check out the awesome samples this week by the DT, and then link up your own creation for a chance to win some Meljen's fun.

AND, you still have one more day to enter the TMS Pink Birthday Challenge! Good luck...the prize is awesome!

Thanks for stopping by today, and for all the wonderful comments you have left. I am so behind on commenting, but I'll catch up soon. :)

Have a spectacular week!

Stamps: Cheery Lights Mailbox (Meljen's Designs); Christmas Classics (Flourishes)
Paper: Joyeux Noel (Glitz)
Ink: Copic markers; Distress Ink; Snow Marker (Marvy)
Dies: A2 Matting Basics A & B, Reverse Wonky Rectangles (Spellbinders)
Accessories: Burlap; paper crimper; rhinestones; sewing thread; Glossy Accents; Stickles
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")
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Jessi Fogan said...

Oooh, the combination of inks is gorgeous!! And I've done a sort-of-similar technique with the layering, but embossing it with a stylus first? Genius! Must try that - I can totally picture how much impact that would have.

Shelby said...

Beautiful card and just love your take on the sketch!


Carla S. said...

Gorgeous card, Cheryl! Love the DP and the beautifully colored and layered image!

Debbie said...

Wow!!! I love the banner DP and the layered image is fabulous!!!
Love the sentiment, too!!

Conniecrafter said...

so cute, just love the layering and the sparkle in the snow, pretty touch!

Maria said...

Lovely Christmas card! The bird image and mail box is so CUTE! Perfect coloring and stitching...great it!

Laura said...

What a cool technique! Beautiful card - the colored image really stands out against the subtle colors of the card!

Angela said...

Really pretty, Cheryl...great dimension with all the layers and I love that fun snow!

Notes by Nina said...

Wonderful card Cheryl, I love this image and your colours is gorgeous.

Melissa Craig said...

Such a gorgeous card Cheryl. I love the smoky shading - it's such a great affect.

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

Oh this is so super cute, love the fabulous design and the image is adorable.