card art '13, le fin

card-art13it's finished. and in the mail. and while I don't feel it's a complete failure it's certainly not what I was hoping for this year's card art. after scrapping the wreath idea I was left with LOTS of watercolored paper in various shades of green and was scrambling for a backup plan. usually I have at least two years worth of card art ideas floating around but it appears that well is a little dry so I trolled through my fa la la la pinterest board and loved this cookie tree made from stars (source unknown) cookie-tree

so I got to work with my handy dandy sizzix die cut thingy and cranked out stars using the watercolor paper and some left over plain and patterned green card stock. I tried layering multiple stars like the cookie tree but it looked kindergardenery (that's a word, right?). instead, I went super simple with the four different sized stars. I used my bird hole punch (first seen in card art '10 - photo not available at this time) with leftover red card stock and raised adhesive dots to make the birds more dimensional. to emphasize the idea of a tree, I wrote 2013 with a gold paint pen for the trunk.watercolor-stars

again, it's not what I originally wanted to create but as tim gunn says, "make it work" and what I'm most proud of is that these cards were made ENTIRELY with supplies I already had (with the exception of glue sticks and the blank cards) in compliance with my #craftup2013 promise. and they look pretty great with my special yellow bird yellow beard garland, too (you can get your own here!)card-art13-with-garland