Sunday, November 25, 2012

Cover Art Trees

It's time for the monthly Papertrey Ink blog hop!  This time we were given the challenge to create a card based on book cover art with the following inspiration photo as a jumping point.

The Wizard of Oz cover immediately caught my eye with its colorful graphic characters and black background.  I experimented quite a bit before I came up with this card.  My first thought was to do the cool stacked words, but I don't have any large PTI sentiments or alphabet dies.  So I did the next best thing.  I used my Wonderful Words: Holiday die to cut the word "merry" from two different colors and glued them together to look shaded.  I embossed the word "christmas" on a narrow strip of green underneath.

Please excuse the picture.  I had to take it indoors since the sun went down before I finished, and I just couldn't get it to turn out right.  The card is much better-looking in person!!  I need to rig up a photo tent with lamps for future situations like this.  I'll take another picture in the morning.

Edited to add much better pictures.  :)

I diecut several trees using cardstock in the same colors as the characters on the Wizard of Oz book cover and then stamped a swirl pattern on each in their matching colors.  To mimic the blue outline, I drew a frame of glue on the black mat and sprinkled it with blue glitter.  I glittered a blue star to place over the center tree as well.

This certainly was an interesting experiment.  It's not quite what I originally pictured in my head, but I kept playing until I was happy with the result.  Definitely a non-traditional Christmas card!   :)

Stamps:  Merry & Bright, Merry & Bright Additions, Tree Trimming Trio (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Lemon Tart, True Black, Spring Rain, Summer Sunrise, New Leaf, Orange Zest (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  New Leaf, Summer Sunrise, Lemon Tart, Spring Rain (Papertrey Ink); VersaMark
Misc:  Wonderful Words: Holiday die, Merry & Bright die (Papertrey Ink); white embossing powder; Blue Topaz glitter (Martha Stewart)  


  1. This is fabulous! I love the non-traditional Christmas colors. This is very professional looking. Great job! :)

  2. Love the colors set against the black background!

  3. You have produced a great card! The color palette works and I love the layered "merry".

  4. Very non traditional card with the yellow and black but it looks amazing and will stand out as special against other cards!

  5. Love your Christmas trees in non-traditional colours.

  6. Love it, a striking title, and such clean, graphic trees. Really fits the whole design well.

  7. Love your striking design -the star is placed perfectly.

  8. Love your glittered border and star ... just makes your great card even better!!

  9. Love everything about this card-the elements, the layout and the way you did the text.

  10. Well, your efforts paid off as far as I'm concerned, Ann! I love your shadow "Merry" and your pretty swirly trees. Very well done!!


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