Monday, November 5, 2012

Peaceful First Christmas

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...Or, how to turn any color combo into a Christmas card!

Today I'm sharing a card with you that is an example of a bad card gone right.  This week, the challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments is a color combo - More Mustard, Early Espresso, Old Olive, and Elegant Eggplant.  Nice autumny combo, but I'm so over fall already!  All I want to do is Christmas, Christmas, and Christmas!  But with these colors, I thought I'd have to do something autumn or floral, so I started building a card with Papaya Collage.  Epic fail!  I won't even show you, as most of the focal point went in the trash.  It was a modge podge of layered roses, leaves, a watercolored mess.  So I went with my true desire, and hoped for the best.  What do you think?
The base is layered with Elegant Eggplant, Early Espresso, and Very Vanilla.  The Vanilla base is stamped with En Francais and sponged with Early Espresso.   Tuck a strip of Early Espresso ribbon centered over the Vanilla.

Next, the frame from Papaya Collage is stamped with Early Espresso, fussy cut, and sponged on the outside edges with Elegant Eggplant, and from the center to halfway across the frame with Old Olive.  Then comes the fun part!

The focal image is as follows:
Early Espresso 2-1/8" x 2-7/8"
Very Vanilla 2-3/4" x 2"
Stamp "Peace on Earth" on Vanilla Base.  The bottom edge of this image should be at the halfway point, to leave room for Baby Jesus.
Emboss the Very Vanilla with (super yummy) Sugar & Spice Heat Embossing Powder, using the star from First Christmas and clear VersaMark ink.
Sponge from the outside in with More Mustard, concentrating on the star image and leaving the bottom half lighter, but sponge all the edges. Sponge edges only with Early Espresso.
Your sky will look lit up now!
Finally, stamp Baby Jesus onto a Very Vanilla scrap with Elegant Eggplant, and fussy cut.  Sponge the edges with Elegant Eggplant.  Adhere as shown with Tombo Multi glue.

The frame and the focal image are adhered to the card with Dimensionals.
I think this color combo makes this Christmas card look perfectly regal, as it should <3 !

So what ideas do you have for this earthy combo this week at HSS?  Come on over and play along!


  1. What do I think: PERFECTION! This card is amazing, I can't believe how well these colors are on a Christmas card. And the fussy cutting and sponging....

  2. I love this card, I love the reverence of it and the rich colors add that feeling even more. You hit this one out of the park!

  3. Beautiful!! Perfect colors for your card!!! Love all the sponging- just perfect!!!