Monday, August 2, 2010

Imagine Christmas

Here's a new size card for me:  4.25" square.  It fits into a regular A2 size envelope (which holds 4.25" x 5.5" cards), so there's no extra postage as there would be with a larger square envelope.  No extra postage is a GOOD thing at Christmastime.

My Stampin' Up! demonstrator, Gail Murray, had featured a card very similar to this one more than a year ago at one of her club meetings.  I changed a few things, including the colors so that I could enter this in the Color Throwdown Challenge #103.  This card also fits in Aud Sentiments #7 - choose your own Christmas sentiment. 
I used the spotlighting technique to highlight the word "Imagine" in red.  The poinsettias were made using only a 5-Petal Flower punch.  I layered two red ones, one right behind the other.  The leaves I made by cutting apart some of those 5 petal flowers and fitting them together to see what looked best.  I'm not totally hooked on the way the leaves turned out, but they're alright I guess.

The gold 'pearl' stickers stand in for the yellow flower of a pointsettia. 

Yes, those yellow things in the center are actually the flower. 

"One traditionally thinks of a Poinsettia as a red flower, however, the flower is actually yellow but very small and insignificant. The colored 'flower' that makes the display is produced by the large bracts that surround the little flower. The bracts can be red, cream, pink or white."  The quote is from this source on the web, WikiAnswers.

So there you go.  You got a card from me AND some (possibly-new-to-you) info about Christmas flowers. 

Happy Stamping!

Stamps:  Tres Chic background (SU)
Paper:  white by PTI, Certainly Celery, Riding Hood Red
Ink:  Riding Hood Red, Certainly Celery, River Rock
Punches:  5 Petal Flower, scalloped oval
Other:  dimensional, sponge


Marisa said...

Love the spotlight on the "imagine. Lovely card. :D

Tammy Hershberger said...

Beautiful, simple elegance! Thanks for joining us for the Color Throwdown!

Audrey said...

What a lovely card. I love the CAS feel of it.
Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments.

Emily Keaton said...

Super job on the CTD colors, Colleen!! I have that background stamp, too!! I love how you used spotlighting with it. An extremely cool effect. Your poinsettia is gorgeous!! That 5-petal flower punch is so very versatile, isn't it!! I think the leaves look just fine :) You are making great progress on your Christmas cards!!!

Unknown said...

Love the simplicity of your creation. Thanks for playing along at Aud Sentiments.

Unknown said...

Stunning card, so simple yet so beautiful. Thanks for playing at Aud Sentiments this time.

Julie said...

Very pretty! I too have put square cards into rectangular envies and saved some money. Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments

~Tammy~ said...

You have been busy! So elegant!

Benzi said...

Well, you certainly know how to use a punch. Great card for this color challenge and I do LOVE those colors. Interesting piece about the poinsettia, too. Love your card!!!!

Nancy in Iowa said...

Not only a beautiful card but botanical information as well. Not to mention cool techniques. Nice! Glad I popped by.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous, elegant card - I love how you've spotlighted the background stamp x

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