I LOVE LOVE LOVE this Winter Wear set from Concord and 9th and now I get to use it – yay! These girls are so cute!

winter wear girls

 

So to start off I made all the plaid backgrounds using the Plaid Background stamp from Concord and 9th. This is a very cool stamp that has the check already but then also has a thin line stamp that you can stamp over it and add extra dimension to the plaid.  You can see what I mean in the image below, with the vertical blue stripe running up and down the backgrounds.

plaid background stamp
I had also stamped a bunch of the Winter Wear girls and coloured them in using my polychromos.

winter wear girls stamp

No I don’t know what I’m going to do with all these girls, but I like extras.  Extras are good.

winter wear girls stamp

Apart from looking very Christmassy in her red and green (what was I thinking!) I don’t like her face.  She looks a bit smug so I’m not using her!

winter wear girls stampThese two girls are perfect!

winter wear stamp happy winter birthday card

Now the dilemma is which background to choose!

I ended up choosing neither of the above backgrounds lol and opting for the lighter beige one.  I used Gina K cardstock in Sea Glass for the card base.  I wanted a big card so I basically folded it in half making a 5.5 x 8.5 inch card.  Then I placed the plaid background in the middle and marked where I wanted it to go.

winter wear stamp happy winter birthday card

I then diecut FRIEND at the bottom of the card and that’s where I made trouble for myself!  But first, I don’t like how their scarves are pointing in the same direction, so I cut the bottom off the green scarf so I could reposition it to the left.

winter wear stamp happy winter birthday card

I used the Happy Winter sentiment from the Winter Wear stamp set and the Birthday sentiment from the Notable Numbers set to make a custom “Happy Winter Birthday” sentiment and stamped it at the top of the card.  Then I wanted to place some plaid behind the diecut which was fine, except what about the inside now that it will have a big square of plaid stuck there?  That was that trouble I mentioned earlier!

bookworm bookmarks

And here is my solution!  I cut a square of the same Sea Glass cardstock, rounded the corners and attached it to the inside of the card like an inner pocket.  Then I used this great Read Between the Lines stamp set from Sugar Pea Designs and the Brainy Bookmarks Sugarcuts dies to make these quick bookmarks to pop inside.  I’ll cover these bookmarks in a separate post, but now, it’s time to get this card posted!

 

Supplies Used FYI
Winter Wear Stamp Set – Concord and 9th
Plaid Background Stamp – Concord and 9th
Notable Numbers Stamp Set – Concord and 9th
Read Between the Lines Stamp Set – Sugar Pea Designs
Brainy Bookmarks Sugarcuts – Sugar Pea Designs
Gina K Cardstock and Inks
Delicata Gold Glimmer Ink
Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils
Gamsol
Tuxedo Black Memento Marker

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