Friday, February 22, 2013

a sketch so good... i needed to make TWO cards!

i mean, of course, the gorgeous card sketch by brenda barton which we've been using as our inspiration for the current ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ prompt! there were so many awesome ways to take it, i couldn't stop at just one! let me show you my card first, though, because i'm pretty excited about it:

(scanned and resized page from a 1953 copy of  "the night before christmas" illustrated by zillah lesko, printed on kodak premium glossy photo paper; patterned paper: dcwv, reminisce; deco tape and sparkly snowflake stickers: martha stewart; tag and brad: my mind's eye; acrylic snowflakes and red gems: recollections; lace: from my stash; adhesives: staples brand gluetape runner, 3m foam tape)
i scanned and re-sized an illustration from one of the two lovely vintage copies of "the night before christmas" that miss gina gave me for xmas, printed it on glossy photo paper, then cut it out and mounted the whole thing on foam tape for extra dimension. i had remembered this particular picture as having a big yellow full moon, against which santa and his sleigh were shown... turns out... i remembered it wrong, there was no moon at all! so then i thought, maybe it wasn't in this particular book, and i checked out ALL of my different versions of the story. nope. could not find ANY full moon in any of them! i still do not know what illustration i am remembering so vividly, but i can tell you definitively that i do not OWN it, lol! so i just cut a big half-circle out of some glimmery white snow-flake patterned paper, and i think it works pretty well.

and now here's the sketch again, you can see i've been quite faithful to it; turns out, the plus side of fabricating a custom moon element was that i could make it fit precisely where it belonged!

someplace i think EVERYONE belongs this (and every!) friday is over at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ if only to see the beautiful cards created by brenda and stephanie; not to mention the magnificent takes already linked up in the sketch gallery by our awesome fellow belles! so off you go, darlings! ♥


  1. I *love* this illustration, moon or no ;) I have my idea half-baked for this sketch!

  2. Lauren, you totally rock! Your cards so of those cards that had me ooohing and aaaahhhing! Love the movement you created with the Santa and sleigh and those beautiful colors and patterns.

  3. Lauren, this is awesome!!!!! SO pretty!!

  4. Lauren...this is just jaw-dropping gorgeous! I'm speechless. You must tell...did you fussy cut this or use a cutting machine? The work is incredible. I have to tell you...I collect vintage copies of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, too! I don't have too many, maybe 5 or 6 but I'm always looking for more!

    One of my favorite copies is here:

    On my vintage blog, that I've basically abondoned!

  5. This is so cute!!! The sizing turned out perfect. I love it. That's weird you can't find the one with the moon in the background. hmm.. It seems like that would be the perfect thing to put behind it.


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