Saturday, November 2, 2013

Non-Traditional Christmas Colours

I'm not sure how you feel about non-traditional Christmas colours.  Are you a firmly entrenched red & green fan?  You'll probably want to skip this post then.  If you are a little adventurous in your decorating, tell me how you feel about these:





 Are these tree ornaments okay with you?















How about these more extreme colours?






Have I crossed the line now?

We all have different ideas about how a Christmas tree should be decorated, but sometimes it's fun to explore new colour and design.

At our Creative Retreat on the weekend, I was planning to work on Christmas cards for up-coming classes, and so brought mostly Christmas stamp sets with me.  Then we were given our first challenge!  It was a colour challenge and the palette was So Saffron, Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo and Bermuda Bay, all very non-Christmas colours.
I could have gone to look for a non-Christmas stamp set, but I wanted to see what I could do.  I brought along one set with me that could be a Christmas sentiment or not.  So this is what I came up with:


Do you think it could be a Christmas card?  Or does it work as an all occasion card?

  • So Saffron cardstock forms the card base, and the next layer is some Blushing Bride DSP from the Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack - chevron design to be exact.
  • On some Whisper White cardstock I used  the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set to create a splotchy background using So Saffron, Melon Mambo and Blushing Bride ink.
  • The sentiment itself is stamped in Bermuda Bay ink and some 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon in Bermuda Bay adds the finishing touch, wrapping around the Whisper White card stock at a bit of a non-traditional angle!



What do you think?  It's simple and quick, but a very cheery, up-beat card to give as a Christmas card or simply a pick-me-up!

Stamps:  Love and Joy (w131865); Gorgeous Grunge (w130514; c130517)
Paper:  Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack (130135); So Saffron (105118) and Whisper White (100730) card stock
Ink:  Classic Stampin' Pads in So Saffron (126957), Blushing Bride (131172), Melon Mambo (126948) and Bermuda Bay (131171)
Accessories:  1/8" Taffeta Ribbon in Bermuda Bay (131206)
Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set

Love and Joy Stamp Set

Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack

Bermuda Bay 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon







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