Incredibly (for me), this gorgeous card was made for four card challenges:
Retro Rubber Challenge Blog #102 that required the use of a stamp older than 1 year - the sentiment is from the 1993 Stampin' Up "Great Greetings, and the mittens are from the 1999 SU "Holiday Sampler" sets. The challenge also required that the card be black & white.
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Color My Heart Color Dare #326 that required the use of black and white with an optional splash of another color.
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Double Trouble #19 which required the use of their "Warm & Cozy" theme and to also participate in this week's partner "Creative With Stamps".
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Creative With Stamps #34 which required the use of mittens on the card.
This panel was glued to the A2 card base of SU Basic Black cardstock with Tombow.
The sentiment panel was created by stamping the "Warmest Wishes" stamp from the 1993 SU "Great Greetings" set using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. The sentiment was die cut using a square die from SU "Stiched Shapes" Framelits dies. I created the black mat by die cutting the next size larger square in the die set. The white panel was mounted on the black mat using adhesive foam strips to raise it up for added interest. The assembled matted sentiment was attached to the embossed panel using Score Tape since I wanted to make sure it stuck, and it would only touch the top of the raised parts of the panel.
Of course I needed mittens for the "warm & "cozy", and "mittens" themes, so I stamped them using the mitten stamp from the 1999 SU "Christmas Sampler" set using Versafine Black Onyx ink on SU Whisper White cardstock. The two mittens were fussy cut with paper snips. I hung them from the edge of the sentiment panel using SU White Bakers Twine. The bow was attached with a rolled up Mini Glue Dot, and the mittens were attached with adhesive foam strips.
This card is appropriate for any winter card, or Christmas card.
The trickiest part in making this card was to make sure the square die was arranged as a diamond with the sentiment centered. I am rating the difficulty of this card as a "2" out of a possible "5".