Friday, November 20, 2009

Holiday Designs Using Berry Christmas

OK, so first up are these two cards with the exact same layout, colors and stamp set. I came up with these using a simplified version of this week's Mojo Monday sketch while designing for a Christmas card class I'm doing this weekend. I always enjoy trying to find non-traditional colors for Christmas because I make so many different designs and I get bored with red and green combos. However, these cards got scrapped for the pool of possibles... mostly because my husband said "eh. They just look like scraps thrown together on a card." That's what he said about the oen in the background, but I didn't yet have the front one done which I think is better. Doesn't matter because I've got my five designs all decided on finally.

Besides this one and this one that you've already seen, here is the third design that my guests will be doing 2 of. I CASEd this idea from this wonderful card by Sharon Graham which shows a fabulous way to use this set in a non-holiday way (sorry if you can't click on Sharon's card- she has it in the demonstrator only section of SCS). I love her idea, but obviously I needed the holiday in there so changed it up to be white poinsettias. They are my favorite at Christmas time.

The only change I'll make to this card for the group is that we're going to be using Versamark with white chalk for the flowers instead of white ink as shown here. This is for two reasons: one, because we'll be using the white ink for another project and I try to not duplicate so that we can split into two groups and work more efficiently. But also because the chalk effect looks so neat because it appears to leave a glow around the flowers. I'll post one of those when I have it put together so you can see the difference.

In case you're not familiar with the DSP that I used with the ornament punch for the vase it is in the Christmas Cocoa collection and is actually flocked- so it is fuzzy on the white areas and the recipient will get extra enjoyment from this unexpected surprise! My turning the ornament punch upside down you can easily see where to punch this pattern so that it aligns perfectly. Isn't that neat?!

Stop back tomorrow and I'll show you the last 2 designs (one of which is a remix of a previous card of mine) and the group of all five together! Thanks for visiting me today!
SUO Supplies
(Top two cards)
Stamps: Berry Christmas, Party Punch (retired)
Colors: Rose Red, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Regal Rose
Accessories: Regal Rose wide grosgrain, Rose Red and Old Olive brads, circle punches

(Vase card)
Stamps: Berry Christmas, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Colors: Sahara Sand, Old Olive, Whisper White, Ruby Red
Accessories: Ornament punch, Old Olive Marker, Large Oval Punch, Scalloped oval punch, Christmas Cocoa DSP


  1. I like different aspects of both cards. I love the bird in the wreath. I like the ribbon and the background on the other one. Nice layout and colors.

    I love the white poinsettias in the vase! Very pretty.


Thanks so much- your comments make my day! (if you are a spammer- GO AWAY! I will not publish your comment or your link to your crappy website! You are the reason I no longer allow anonymous comments. Jerks!)