August 8, 2011

Holiday Color Toss Up

When making your holiday greeting cards do you use traditional colors or do you tend to go outside the box and mix things up with contemporary hues? 

With this question in mind, I decided to create two cards using the same design, but in different color themes with stamps from Penny Black's new Christmas Collection 2011.  I thought it would be fun to show how one layout could be used either way.

The first card uses the more traditionally recognized colors of the season – red and green.  

The second card is what I am affectionately calling my “Dr. Seuss” theme.

Both cards have backgrounds stamped with Circles & Lines in VersaMark Watermark ink and heat embossed with white powder.  The dots were then accented with Crystal Stickles.  The decorative bands behind the wreaths were stamped with Retro Pattern.

Each wreath was stamped in Olympia Green VersaFine and heat embossed with clear powder.  Color was added with Copic markers and X-mas Red Stickles was used to embellish the dots. 

The ink/cardstock combinations for each card have been listed in the supply list below for easy reference.

After seeing the two versions side-by-side, which category are you drawn to?

Have a happy day full of color,

Penny Black Mix & Match Cardstock:
VersaMark Watermark Ink (Backgrounds – both cards)
White Embossing Powder (Both Cards)
Olympia Green VersaFine (Wreath heat embossed with clear powder – both cards)
Onyx Black VersaFine (Sentiment heat embossed with clear powder - both cards)
Card 1: Distressed with Crimson Red VersaFine / Retro Pattern stamped in Olympia Green VersaFine
Card 2: Distressed with Spring Pansy VersaMagic / Retro Pattern stamped in Bahama Blue Memento
Copic Markers
Offray Ribbons
Ranger: Crystal, X-Mas Red Stickles
3M Scotch:  Dimensional Foam (between the wreath and band & the band and card base)