Non-Traditional Christmas Colors for the Latest Freshly Made Sketches Challenge

It’s been quite a while since I joined in on a card challenge.  I’ve been busy making my Christmas cards for this year.  Since they are almost finished, I thought I’d create a card for one of my favorite card challenge sites, Freshly Made Sketches.

Here is the latest sketch…

FMS Final 313-001

and here is my entry.

My Empty Nest Creations card using Ellen Hutson Mondo Poinsettia stamp set

Any holiday card that I’ve made usually has red and green on it, so I decided to leave my Christmas comfort zone and do something a little less traditional.  How about light blue and light green?  I really like that color combo, so I went for it.

I started with Ellen Hutson’s Mondo Poinsettia stamp set.  I gold heat embossed the images onto Bristol paper, and water colored them with Peeled Paint and Broken China Distress Oxides.  I really love the Distress Oxides.  They stamp beautifully, and they are wonderful as watercolors.  After the leaves and flowers had dried, I cut them out with the matching dies and put them aside.

My Merry Christmas sentiment is from WPlus9 Hand Lettered Holiday stamp set.  I just love the pairing of the script and capital letters.  I cut Merry out of some silver metallic card stock and heat embossed Christmas with silver embossing powder onto a velum strip.  Once that was done, I needed to do a little something with my card base.  Plain white just wasn’t going to be right.  I decided to do a little light stenciling using the Broken China ink and a Gina Marie Designs stencil.  All that was left was to put the card together.  I adhered the velum strip just between the two flower groupings and popped up the flowers with some foam tape.  The final touch was to add a few sequins and some Nuvo gold drops on the flower centers.

I hope you like it.  Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Holidays!

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8 thoughts on “Non-Traditional Christmas Colors for the Latest Freshly Made Sketches Challenge

  1. It is really lovely, and I do love the stenciled background. The whole design concept has a big wow factor for me. Have no idea what Bristol paper is, have not heard of it here in New Zealand. LOL

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    • Thanks Ali for your kind comment. Bristol paper (at least here in the US) comes in a pad and has a little more weight and tooth than heavy weight card stock. It’s kind of between heavy weight card stock and a smoother watercolor paper. It works great for ink blending and light watercoloring. Many card makers here use it with their Zig markers.

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  2. Beautiful card! Those poinsettias are amazing and the stenciled background works so well with them. I love Bristol Smooth cardstock – the best for ink-blending and Zigs! Thanks so much for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches.

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