The minute I saw the new Close To My Heart Dakota (X7157B) paper packet and that beautiful cardinal in the To You and Yours (B1403) My Acrylix stamp set, I knew that I had to try them together as a Christmas Card.
YouTube video on them it should help, Anyway, the wood grain paper along with the herringbone is from Dakota! Dakota is actually a western boys theme. One of the things that I always teach is to look closely at the patterns of designer pattern paper. Just because the theme is one style, doesn't mean you can't use it for something totally unexpected.
This is one of the cards that we will be making at my upcoming September Workshop. I teach a wide variety of different techniques at my many workshops. If you are interesting in learning some fun techniques, please contact me or leave a comment. For Now, Happy Crafting!