Sparkle & Shine - A Non- Traditional Christmas Card

I thought for my first few blog posts, I would do some card challenges to introduce my style and give myself a chance to get the hang of this whole blog thing. Granted, I have never done card challenges before, so that is a little out of my comfort zone too. However, I think it will be a fun way to use some of my many supplies and give me a chance to show my abilities, even if there are "rules" that I may not normally follow if I was making a card normally.

Today's card I am submitting to the CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge for Challenge #297. I have to admit that I had a bit of difficulty with this one. I knew I wanted to play with a stamp set that I recently acquired - Merry and Bright by Neat and Tangled, but I had a bit of trouble trying to figure out exactly how to place the sentiment that I wanted to use in the spot that the sentiment was supposed to fit in for the sketch.

Here is the sketch that I had to follow for the challenge:

Here is my completed card:

As you can see, I ended up splitting the sentiment, with half of it on my focal image and half of it below. I think it was a nice compromise, since I was determined to use that sentiment and wanted to keep it within the area that the sentiment needed to be. I covered my focal image in Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen in Midas Touch (gold) to accompany what the sentiment said "A Little Bit of Sparkle, a lit of Shine."

The supplies I used today were:
Gifts of Gold {with foil}6x6" Paper Pad by The Paper Studio
Sizzix Tim Holtz Stitched Rectangles Set (the largest rectangle)
Lawn Fawn Magic Color Slider (Just the Oval from the set)

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