Card Making From A Sketch: Season's Greetings (Includes Process Video!)

This week on the blog I wanted to do a little mini series showing cards I made from sketches I've found. I use sketches often, because otherwise I tend to waste a lot of time planning the "perfect" layout. The wonderful people who have designed card sketches and shared with the world have already done that far better than I usually can, so why not use them?

For today's card, I used this sketch:
This sketch is from Yana Smakula. I actually found it on Pinterest. The butterflies drew me in, because I tend to love anything with butterflies, but the layout could be used for anything. I chose to make a holiday card (because that's the kind of mood I'm in lately).

I filmed myself making this video, so if you enjoy process videos, and don't mind that I sound very nervous throughout this entire thing, watch away:

Here is my take on the sketch:

My card base and the small panel with the tree are Stampin' Up!'s Sahara Sand. The dark red is also SU, but I cannot recall which specific color. (It's from the Regals color family). The dark brown was just from my scraps bin.

I stamped the tree from the Lovely As A Tree stamp set from Stampin' Up! (which, I believe, is the oldest in the line of SU stamps?).  I stamped it first with Memento Luxe Wedding Dress (a white pigment ink). Then I stamped with Stampin' Up!'s Early Espresso over it, but slightly off. I thought this would make it look like there was a bit of snow on the tree.

Next I die cut the red card stock using the Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle dies, and then cut the tree panel to fit inside. I punched my snowflakes with a Martha Stewart punch from white card stock.

For my sentiment, I used the 'Season's Greetings' from the My Favorite Things Cheerful Christmas Greetings stamp set. I embossed it with Stampendous Sterling Silver embossing powder.

My final touch was to add clear Wink of Stella all over the snowflakes and on much of the tree to give them some subtle sparkle. 

I really enjoyed working with this sketch, and I hope you guys enjoy the video. I'll be sharing two more cards this week using sketches.

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