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Card Inspirations

Candy Cane Noel | Cheryl Espie

Candy Cane Noel | Cheryl Espie

Hi Pinkfresh friends

I have been on the Pinkfresh Studio team all through 2023 and I still cannot believe it! Anyway, all this year I have never wrote a blog post that uses the regular Pinkfresh Studio monthly challenge as inspiration. 

Well, today is the day! As the festive season is just around the corner, I loved the name of this months challenge, 'Holiday Vibes'.

I wanted to use the colours in the challenge and I wanted to design something whimsical, pretty and sparkly!

The Folk Snowflake is the best snowflake stamp ever (in my humble opinion) and so I visioned this image over a card base with candy cane stripes. Hence the name of my card today. 

First I heat embossed the Folk Snowflake three times in white over an A2 card panel. Then, I used the colours suggested in the challenge to ink blend fun stripes over the snowflakes. The ink colours used were Candy Apple, Slumber, Lush Forest and Cherry Blossom. 

I only ink blended very lightly as Candy Apple and Lush Forest can be beautiful bold colours but I wanted them to be a bit lighter.  When I was finished blending I grabbed some kitchen towel and ribbed over the snowflakes to take off any excess ink. Of course, I had to add some something extra so I splatter the whole panel with gold. I chose gold because I knew I would be using sparkly gold for the lettering. 

Using the Kaitlin Alpha Die Set I cut out NOEL. The font in this set is perfect for the whimsical, sparkly candy cane backdrop. I die cut the letter bases in sparkly gold and the top letter in white. This would tie in the white snowflake and the white border trim. 

Once placed and popped up with foam dots, I added a bold black and white sentiment from the Basic Banners Christmas set. 

To finish, I added some of the Pinkfresh Studio Champagne Glitter Drops in the centres of the Folk Snowflakes as well as around the black and white sentiment. I was torn here, as I could have used any colours really that coordinated with the inks used. 

How cute is this card? It turned out so fun, whimsical and pretty, with lots of seasonal sparkle.

As always, I have a reel that you will be able to view over on Instagram @pinkfreshstudio

Make sure you enter the challenge too, especially if you are already making seasonal cards!

Until next time friends.....

Cheryl

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