Sometimes we have to venture a bit outside of our comfort zone and I decided to try something different for this christmas card. Instead of going with the traditional red-green-kraft combos I opted for purple (my all time favorite color ever, you should see my dressing cabinet) and green. Granted – mostly I simply wanted to play with my new Elizabeth Craft glitters again – so thankful that Make The Day Special Stamp Store in the UK has it now –, and that Leaf Green is just such a wonderful color I couldn’t help myself.
The top panel was easily down – I just eyeballed the height. You could measure it, but I knew I wanted more white space than glittered space, yet give the glitter enough space to impress (as if it needed that). I stamped the tree in purple ink, then added the sentiment Versafine, which is my favorite black ink for crisp sentiments. While that pigment ink dried, I went to work on the bottom part of the card.
I first stamped the diagonal lines in a very light ink so I’d have some guides. Then came the fiddly part where I had to add the double sided adhesive tape over the lines. I admit, they are not all straight and parallel, but I hope that the glitter will dazzle the eventual recipient enough that he or she won’t notice 😉
The Pretty Pink Posh sequins were sprinkled on the top panel because I thought it was a bit too white and clean … I always want to go for a super CAS card, and when push comes to shove, I chicken out. But hey, the sequins are definitely gorgeous, so I can’t go wrong there.
A word of advise because one of my readers commented on the glitter over at Facebook: this glitter will go everywhere. I am very careful when handling it and try to limit myself to shallow breathing (no kidding), but you won’t be able to avoid some of the stuff floating around and coating your work surface (and you). I’ve purchased some super cheap anti-static cleaning sheets (no name brand from a local super market), cut them up to make them last and they take most of the glitter away when you’re done.
Let me know what you think about the color combination! What are your favorite non-traditional color combos for christmas?