Saturday, October 5, 2013

Non Traditional Christmas Colours

The October release week challenge at Flourishes is 'Christmas with a Twist' - create a Christmas project without using green or red. My first thought was to go blue but then I came across this retired Designer Paper from Stampin' Up and decided to go for a more masculine card. I paper pieced this beautiful image from Pointsettia & Pine and adhered it to a very simple card base design. I tried a few more complicated layouts and kept falling back to a more basic design so that the image and gold embossing remained the focal point.

I stamped the image twice onto the cream dot pattern, cutting out the entire image from one and some of the flower petals for layering from the second. I burnished the separate petals to give them a little more dimension. I stamped the image once more onto one of  the brown patterned papers from the Mocha Morning pack for the ivy leaves and once onto a black on black print from CTMH's For Always for the berries and the one large leaf. I embossed some bitty pearls in gold for the center - you can see how I do that here. 

Stamps - Pointsettia & Pine (Flourishes)
Paper - Mocha Morning DP, Black CS, Brown CS (SU), Classic Ivory CS (Flourishes), For Always DP (CTMH)
Ink - Versa Mark, Gold EP, Copic E49
Accessories - Bitty Pearls (CTMH)


  1. Oooo... Connie! This is so beautiful! I never would have thought to go "neutrals" for this challenge but you girl, pulled it off! It's gorgeous! Fabulous use of nontraditional colours on a holiday card! Thanks for joining us for our Flourishes' Release Week Challenge!

  2. Wow... Gorgeous! THe warm colors, awesome paper piecing and beautiful design. Love it. Thanks for playing in Flourishes Challenge this week!

  3. Connie this is gorgeous! I just love how the neutrals pair on the poinsettia. Completely elegant too with the darker background! Thanks so much for playing along with us!

  4. Very classy card for the holidays Connie! Love your color choice and the gold embossing! Thanks for playing along...hugs ~S~

  5. Oooo, I love the elegant sophistication of this card, Connie! Beautiful with the black, gold, and cream. The gold embossing is fab on black, too. Thanks for leaving such a sweet comment on my blog! :)

  6. This is stunning, Connie! I love your classy poinsettia flower. Thanks so much for playing along with Flourishes.


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