Colour Me Cozy for GDP

There is something about plaid at this time of year, it just makes me feel cozy! Last week for the Global Design Project challenge I used plaid DSP for my card. I’m very proud to say that I received #GDPspecialmention for that card. You can see it here if you like. This week we have a colour challenge, and I’m using plaid again.


The difference this time is that I did not use DSP, I made my background to follow the colours of the challenge. Here is the banner for this week.


These colours are great for Christmas cards, but I decided I would challenge my self to make something other than Christmas this time. I started with the Buffalo Check background stamp.


This is a fantastic stamp, available in the Holiday catalogue. I just got mine recently, and this is the first time I have played with it. It was instant love!! The stamp creates a beautiful checkered background, as I have stamped above in Merry Merlot.


To make the plaid, I used my Stampin’ Write marker in Tranquil Tide, and drew lines in between the Merry Merlot checks. It gives the stamp a whole new look, and made the great plaid background I wanted.
I wanted to show this off, so I chose a one colour line drawing for my image, and stamped the trees from the Lovely as a Tree set in Crumb Cake. A little birthday banner made with Itty Bitty Greetings, embellished with some Gold Metalic Pearls and my card was complete.
TIPS: I have a couple tips for making this background.
There are many ways to stamp these large background stamps, I put my stamp on a clear block and laid it stamp side up on my work table. I inked it up, and then laid my card stock on top. Cover that with a piece of scrap paper and rub all around to transfer the ink. It was easy to do, and worked perfectly.
To add the lines, start with your marker off the paper, and continue off the paper as you finish. This way you will not get a heavier mark from the pen at the beginning or end of your line.

Why not give this a try, it would be fantastic for cozy Christmas cards too.