Topic: Pretty Paper
While searching for just the right background papers for all the colored images I made lately I came across two sheets of 12 x 12 that were printed with a photo of birch trees. I cut them both down to include some of the snowy ground and the stand of trees behind.
Snippets and strips of the scraps of papers I had laying on the desktop became the simple decor and I went through stickers and stuff for small items to embellish with.
The first for a teddy bear image I had colored eons ago. After the photo I added a faux stitching line around the image, so you'll have to use your imagination on that.
With the same layout I added a simple cup of steaming coffee.
Another part of the winter scene was large enough to cover the whole card. A simple holiday greeting of thick acrylic is the only added element other than the paper strip - one plaid, one stripe.
The last set uses the same plaid and stripe trims. They each for a cardinal acrylic sticker high in the tree. Then one got a Noel sticker and one a larger cardinal above the stripe.
I used the same taupe for bordering on all of these to call attention to the coloring in the trees. After doing so many where the focus was on the stamped element it was not easy to let the background be the focus. This called for restraint in the embellishment stage.