Welcome to week twenty-two of the Heart Of Christmas Blog Hop, our last one for this year!
This week’s Christmas card was created primarily for this hop, but also for a colour challenge that used colours I would not naturally chose to use for Christmas – Cajun Craze, Petal Pink and Early Espresso.
I decided that the pinecones from the Christmas Season stamp set would work well for this very unusual Christmas colour scheme.
I was originally using the Joseph’s coat technique, however, once I added the top layer of Early Espresso ink I realised I’d spaced my pinecones from Christmas Season too far apart to use the cardstock layer I’d created with this technique, so I decided to use the Seasonal Label dies to die cut out the pinecones and turn them into a Christmas ornament instead.
The ombre effect on the background layer was created using a blending brush to add Petal Pink ink, then it was embossed with one of the Wintery embossing folders.
Gold holly leaves, Simply Elegant Gold twine and Champagne Rhinestone Jewels all add a touch of sparkle and elegance – I think they work well with this colour scheme.
The double bow uses both Early Espresso Faux Suede Trim and Simply Elegant Gold twine.
The sentiment is one I use a lot and it’s from the Christmas to Remember stamp set, stamped in Cajun Craze and die cut with the matching die from Seasonal Labels.
Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the lovely Sharon Davern who has hosted our Heart of Christmas blog hops this year. Thank you so much Sharon!!!!
If at any time you find a broken link, you can find the complete list of all participants on Sharon’s blog.
Welcome to week eighteen of our Art With Heart 2022-23 Colour Creations blog hop!
This is a weekly blog hop where we showcase the stunning range of Stampin’ Up! colours in alphabetical order over 12 months and this week we are featuring Early Espresso, the darkest of our neutrals family.
Early Espresso is such a dark colour I normally only use a little of it to make trees, wood and branches, however, for this card I decided to totally embrace this deep rich brown colour, using it with the darkest of the Brushed Metallic Cardstock to create a plethora of pine cones for my monochromatic card.
I seem to be permanently on a default button that is set to using Basic White and I always forget to use Very Vanilla, but not this week!
This card was super quick to make because the Early Espresso layer and the Brushed Metallic Cardstock layer are each cut using these two enormous dies in the Christmas Pinecones dies.
The Early Espresso faux suede trim is threaded through a Seasonal Label Dies stamped with the “Merry Christmas” sentiment from Christmas to Remember Stamp Set and embellished with a Natural Woven Ribbon bow.
Although it doesn’t say it on the Stampin’ Up! website, this ribbon is actually Very Vanilla.
With all the foil and the dark colours this was a super hard card to photograph, however, if you look closely you can see the Very Vanilla Classic Matte Dots that finish my Early Espresso card off.
Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the lovely Michele Taylor – I can’t wait to see what Michele has made this week!
If at any time you find a broken link, you can find the complete list of all participants below.