Saturday, 13 July 2013

Holly Perch Merry Christmas Card - 52 {C}CT July Colour Challenge

We have a colour combo challenge for you this week at 52 {C}CT, Patricia has chosen this lovely traditional combo!


I thought these colours were perfect to use with my Holly Perch stamp. I made a side opening A6 landscape card from Cherry Cobbler CS.  I stamped the image onto watercolour paper using VersaMark, heat embossed with Early Espresso embossing powder and used inks and a water brush to colour the image.  Watercolour paper is usually more cream than white but I sponged some Antique Linen ink onto the panel to make it a bit more creamy.  I layered the panel onto Garden Green and Early Espresso mats.  I stamped a separate image so that I could pop up the bird and the ornament and I popped up the sentiment too.  I punched snowflakes and added jewels to the centres and I added a jewel to the ornament too.  I used Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details to glitter the holly berries.   

For the inside I stamped part of the image onto a Very Vanilla panel and coloured with inks and a blender pen.  I wanted my sentiment to have two colours and I usually use markers to achieve that but I'd chosen a clear stamp and markers don't work well with clear stamps.  So I stamped the sentiment twice and cut out the Cherry Cobbler words and glued them over the top after sponging the edges with Cherry Cobbler ink.  I stamped, coloured and cut out an ornament for the envelope flap.

I made this on one of the hottest days of our summer so far - it might seem odd to make Christmas cards in July but I know come November I will be SO glad I built up my stash throughout the year!  I hope you'll play along with us this week at 52 {C}CT and add a Christmas card to your own stash.  The other DT members have made fab cards to inspire you so please check them out before you go off and get creative!

Stamps: Woodware 'Holly Perch' clear stamp, SU! 'Seasonal Wishes' set, Hero Arts 'Holiday Cheer' clear set
CS: SU! Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Early Espresso & Very Vanilla, watercolour paper
Ink: VersaMark, SU! Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green & Early Espresso, Ranger Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink, blender pen
Tools: Fiskars snowflake punch, water brush, sponge dauber, sponge
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details, Rhinestone Jewels, Dimensionals

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Pia S said...

You've made such a sweet card with these lovely traditional Christmas colors! Beautiful coloring and love the attention you've paid to the inside and envelope as well!

sarahstone said...

Hi Ruth! I love the way everything on your card goes together so well! The little bird is cute and I LOVE the little gem-centered snowflakes!

Jacqueline said...

This is such a sweet image Ruth and your colouring is superb - Jacqueline xx

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Fantastic colouring Ruth, it's a gorgeous festive Christmas card.


Danielle Vincent said...

Oh Ruth - this is so lovely. I just love that bird on the branch and the fabulous ornament. Terrific card my friend!!

Mynn xx said...

This is DARLING, Ruth! LOVE the whimsical feel of your stamps and the beautiful water coloring! HUGS and have a great week! :)

Patricia Hays said...

The bird perched on the holly branch is adorable! I like the cheery ornament hanging from the branch, too. Excellent job once again, Ruth!

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