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. 

Supplies:
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)

7 comments:

  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!

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

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  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!

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

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  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! :)

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

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Thanks so much for your kind comments, they always make my day.