Thursday, November 18, 2010

A Plum Christmas

Hello friends!  I have a Christmas card that features untraditional colors.  I got my color scheme from Cupcake's Creations Color Challenge CR84FN4:


This is a clean and simple card, because I am entering it into the Splitcoast CAS Winter Design Team challenge.  


The good folks at Flourishes have an easy challenge in FTTC93:  "Just Do It!" - make those Christmas cards!  I know I don't have enough right now.  However, I won't be mass-producing this card.  Despite its simple design, the details all took quite a bit of time. 

I began by heat-embossing my sentiment on the Perfect Plum panel before adding any accessories.  (don't peek too closely; I can never seem to get a clean emboss without any 'freckles')


After securing this gorgeous pewter satin ribbon on the back of plum panel with Sticky Strip (on one end only at first), I tied gray sewing thread around the ribbon in two places to create gathers.  Then I secured the other ribbon end to the back of the panel.


The snowflakes were punched first out of Whisper White cardstock, then a rhinestone was adhered to the center of each one.  Using my Zig Two-Way Glue Pen, I lightly covered parts of each snowflake and sprinkled with Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter in 'Crystal'.  After they dried, a dimensional on the back helped attach them to the panel.

I'm also entering here:
Thanks so much for joining me today!  Now go make some holiday cards.  :)

Colleen

Stamps:  Flourishes
Paper:  Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Whisper White
Ink:  Versamark
Punch:  Martha Stewart snowflake
Other:  Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter in Crystal, rhinestones from Queen & Co., white embossing powder (SU), pewter satin ribbon - Offray, gray sewing thread, dimensionals, Sticky Strip

16 comments:

Bonnie said...

This is beautiful! I love the sparkly snowflakes against the plum and the ribbon treatment is really nice!

Bev J. said...

Pretty-like your ribbon treatment!

Marisa said...

Love it!! The sparkly snowflakes are wonderful and you have used the purple fabulously. Great card.

Carol said...

So beautiful! Simple and gorgeous!

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

this is so beautiful, I love purple

Emily Keaton said...

It's so nice to see you back again, Colleen!! This CAS beauty is just STUNNING!!! Wow. So elegant yet so clean in design. I LOVE how you did your ribbon. I'm always on the lookout for ribbon techniques that are flat for mailing. This is such a nice twist on my normal method of just stretching a ribbon flat across my card. I'm so glad we're neighbors in the CR84FN gallery!!! I love it when things like that happen:) It IS good to hang out next to a friend!!

Leslie Miller said...

Consider those freckles as tiny snowflakes. It's beautiful, Colleen. Love the plum!

Benzi said...

Good to see you back and I absolutely love this plum color for Christmas. The pewter satin ribbon is scrumptious and I really like the way you placed it on your card. It's a yum yum card.

Tatanky said...

Hi Collen ! Great card i love Clean & Simple. The ribbon effect is fantastic and the color too.

Vicki Dutcher said...

Love that ribbon! Thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends!

Virgo5 said...

Simply Beautiful!
Thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends!

Tracy said...

This is so beautiful i love the design and the gorgeous colour. Thanks for joining us at Pollycraft, Tracy x

Sally Atkins said...

Stunning work, Colleen. I love your layout and the way you gathered the ribbon is so sylish x

Bonnie - Really Reasonable Ribbon said...

Beautiful Christmas card! Those snowflakes are wonderful. Whatever lucky family gets this card in the mail will treasure it. Thanks so much for joining our Really Reasonable Ribbon challenge.

Silke Ledlow said...

Colleen, your card is simply gorgeous!!! Love how you used the colors and the CAS design is perfecto!!! Thank you for joining us at the FTTC!!! Hugs ~S~

KathyJ (Wattle) said...

Beautiful card Colleen - wonderful colours and love the touch of sparkle!!!

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