Saturday, December 22, 2012

Elegant Masculine Christmas

Hello again!  Yesterday, I mentioned that a friend asked me to make some Christmas cards for her to give to loved ones.  This is for her gentleman friend.  He is a classy guy, so I picked some earthy tones and elegant touches for him.


The Hero Arts tree was stamped on polka dotted paper (in green, of course!) and decorated in teal gems and pearls.  The dictionary page is a photocopy of an original.  I bought the 1940s dictionary at a thrift shop in North Carolina on Black Friday this year.  When I set out to make this card, I tore out the page that has the definition for "Christmas tree" and then thought I should photocopy it so I can keep the original.




I used several scrap strips of paper that were lying about:  the teal dots and Early Espresso (with punched border) from Stampin' Up!, the khaki damask from Market Street Stamps.

And shown in the photo below, I intentionally tied a knot in taupe velvet right over top of the Christmas tree, standing in for a star.  The sentiment is from Inspired By Stamping on a Memory Box tag.


Challenges entered:


There's a new post up at my photo blog, bleu hydrangea.  They're pics of - what else? - Christmas stuff.  I hope you enjoy!



Dimensions: 4.25" x 5.5"
Stamps: Elegant Christmas Sentiments - Inspired By Stamping; Merry Christmas Trees - Hero Arts; Vintage Wallpaper - Market Street Stamps
Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, teal patterned, green polka dot - SU; white - PTI; dark brown pattern - Le Romantique - Graphic 45
Ink: Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap - Ranger; Memento Tuxedo Black - Tsukineko; Sahara Sand - SU
Fibers: taupe velvet ribbon - May Arts; twine - Creative Impressions
Other: Copic markers; gems; bracket punch - EK Success; vintage dictionary page; Classic Tags die - Memory Box

31 comments:

Lesley said...

Wow, this is elegant Colleen! He will love it as will your friend! Merry Christmas to you!!
Hugs,
Lesley

Hussena said...

Woa!! this is such a elegant and stunning card ...i love just about everything about it ...Thank you so much for sharing the tip about the dictionary pages ...what a fab idea !!!

Karin Åkesdotter said...

WOW!! This is fabulous! LOVE your design and choice of colors - so elegant and beautiful.
Hugs, Karin

Sindhu said...

oh who would think of having a definition of christmas tree on the card?! Genius! This is such an elegant card..love how you used scraps..

~amy~ said...

lovely! Great idea on the photocopying!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

This is gorgeous!!!!! I loveeeeeeeeeeee how you added the dictionary page and that tree?!?!??! WOW!! I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee that tree!! AMAZING!!!!!!

Annette said...

wow that is an awesome idea... so creative.. your card is gorgeous..

Merry Christmas to you and your family..

Lisa said...

Love this milk chocolate velvet ribbon with the pops of teal! Great card Colleen!!

Bonnie said...

I love this calendar page and the simple lines of the tree are perfect with it!

Donna Bowman said...

Awesome card Colleen! I love the tree with the blue 'ornaments"

Maria said...

Stunning masculine Christmas card! Love the mix of papers, tree, and gems!

Wink said...

What a COOL idea to photo copy the Christmas definitions. I love it!! It is such a beautiful card for a man. Your friend should be thrilled! I know I would be.

Vicki Dutcher said...

This is a fabulous masculine card. Your colors are perfect. Good thinking making the copies of the page!

Stephanie said...

A very lovely card suitable for a man or woman, in my mind, really. I just adore that tree with the gorgeous teal ornaments, and the photocopy of the dictionary page is brilliant.

Martha H. said...

WOW, this is such a classy Christmas card! I love everything about it!
Merry Christmas, Colleen!

Sue Lelli said...

LOVE the colors and the bling on this masculine Christmas card! Merry Christmas, Colleen!

Leintje* said...

Oooo I love this one Colleen!! It is always a little hard for me to make male cards, I am just a girly card type. But this one is such a beauty!! Great work.
Have a merry Christmas!!!

Love from The Netherlands,
Leintje*

KC Inspired said...

This card is awesome!

Benzi said...

Your friend is sure to love this card for her gentleman friend. I love to see people use dictionary pages...just adds so much to a card. It's a wonderful masculine creation for Christmas.

Merry Christmas!!

Lisa Carroll said...

Wonderful card! Truly elegant and masculine at the same time.. no easy feat! :) Thank you for playing along with our "Merry Christmas" challenge this week over at the Simon Says Stamp challenge blog! xox

Anne-Elise said...

What a gorgeous card, Colleen! I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Hugs

Anonymous said...

Love it! I especially like the idea of xeroxing the dictionary page for background.

Happy holidays to you and your family.

Chris R. from Iowa

Joe Shien Shien said...

WOW..Gorgeous..!! love the vintage looks of it. Brilliant idea to make our own patterned paper by using some old books. Thank you for playing along with us at Lawnscaping..

Leslie Miller said...

Great idea for an elegant masculine card. I can always use ideas... Love the definition page as a background piece, and that brown velvet ribbon is so soft and divine.

Audrey Ann said...

Gorgeous - and oh so creative with the dictionary pages. What a wonderful inspiration. Hugs and blessings to you and yours - hope it was a wonderful Christmas for you all.
Audrey

Elena said...

BEAUTIFUL card. Completely elegant and gorgeous! Thanks for playing along with us at lawnscaping!

Yainea said...

Wow! Love the design, elegance and beauty of this card. The blue touches are gorgeous!

Karen Letchworth said...

Such a perfectly lovely idea - thanks for sharing this technique. I love this idea and will definitely use it. I've done telephone pages in the past as background for "phone" cards.
If you get a chance, I hope you will stop by and play along with us again this week. I always LOVE having you share your art with us. It's always SO pretty and I love having you share it with us.
have a great week!
Karen
Word Art Wednesday

Sherrie K. said...

Wow, what a pretty design! I like the papers you used and your tree is fabulous!
Happy New Year!
Sherrie K
http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com

Sindhu said...

Inspired by your cards...I tried to make a set too...they are not as beautiful as yours though! Thanks for inspiring.... :)

http://trappedincraft.blogspot.in/2013/01/set-of-cards-small-announcement-and.html

Emily Keaton said...

Your tree is so fancy! I love those dictionary pages. And look at that pretty velvet ribbon. Wow! Great job, Colleen!

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