Today I shared a Non Traditional Merry Christmas Card over at Brutus|Monroe.
Most everyone thinks of normal traditional colors for Christmas, the red and green. This project needed to be something different! Love using the Summer Chalk Shimmer Sprays to color the images. It is a great way to think outside the box when creating. Using non traditional colors like teal and light green really makes this card pop!
In this project I used the new Christmas flowers Sketched Holiday and Holiday Sentiments from Brutus Monroe. Use my link to place your first order and get a discount. Help me earn brownie points with Brutus Monroe, by using the link provided.
Head over to Brutus|Monroe and see the full post, with instructions and link to a video. Find lots of inspiration and other wonderful projects that the Inspiration Team has made. The Inspiration Team creates a variety of projects, it is awesome to see how we each find our own designs from the same products.
Do you have plans to make Christmas Cards this year? Have you thought about what color scheme you will use with your cards? Think outside the box this year. You too can create a Non Traditional Merry Christmas Card that is beautiful and elegant.
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What I found ironic was I had just completed my project for my next blog post for Brutus Monroe the night before and when I went to the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown website and saw that the colors were the same as I had already been using, I knew this would be a piece of cake! lol
For this project I wanted to make the card stand out from the rest. Using layers and embellishments I think I took this card up a notch. The card isn’t complicated, but it does take a little bit of time to put it together.
Started with stamping the image and embossing. My go to paper is Accent Opaque digital 100 pound in white. This cardstock is heavy and makes great card foundations as well for elements.
Colored the image with the Summer Chalk Shimmer Sprays. Used a paint palette, just spray a couple of times. A simple small paint brush helps get into those small details. The embossed lines help keep the color inside the lines. What is nice about using the Summer Chalk Shimmer Sprays in this way, is they dry fast.
Cut out the poinsettias and then went around the edges with a grey marvey marker so that the edge would have a finished look. Many times I forget this step. It’s a great way to make your cards look more polished.
Knowing that I wanted more grey I substituted the Metallic Embossing Powder – Sterling and applied a nice coat to a piece of paper. Make sure you put the lid back on your embossing powder before you heat set. The powder will fly everywhere and leave a big mess. Trust me I know from experience!
To make an element to add to the card I used a Punch Bunch fern shape. Here is a tip for you. If your punch isn’t working correctly try punching aluminum foil. Punching through the aluminium foil helps sharpen the cutter.
Here is a close up of one of the finished flowers. Love how the little rhinestones shine and sparkle.
The finished card with all the supplies. Doesn’t this look beautiful on the silver tray?
I did create a video of the whole process so you can watch how the card was made.
Even if I don’t make it on the design team I think I’ll keep the site book marked so that I can use the design prompts to help me in designing cards in the future. It is fun making cards for the Christmas Colors 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. Have you used a website for inspiration? Do you have a favorite site that you like to visit? Please feel free to share it with me.
Last night I did a live Facebook video. While on the video I made One Focal Stamp One Layer Greeting Card LIVE!
It is a little exciting and nerve wracking to do a live video. Things can go wrong or things can be great. I had a good live session. Really need to do some testing to figure out how to change the image on the video from portrait to landscape. But I feel that overall the video went well and I feel everyone got to see the new stamps and how to make the card.
For this project I used the new Christmas flowers Sketched Holiday and Holiday Sentiments from Brutus Monroe. The sets will be for sale on Wed, Oct 12, 2016 in the shop. Doing videos makes me feel special as I get to play with the new stamps before anyone can buy them in the store. It’s exciting to get a package in the mail and opening it up to see what the newest items are for the month.
This card design was decided because of the thread I found on the Splitcoaststampers site. Seeing this post inspired me to scale back my card to a simple design. Finding inspiration from others helps me decide on a card design when my mind is overwhelmed. I like the idea of having a focus when I make a project, how about you.? This card would be perfect for anyone wanting to create a lot of cards for Christmas.
Here is the video posted on the Brutus Monroe Facebook page. Check it out to see how I made the card and to see the newest stamps that will be in the shop Wed.