Christmas in Purple Posy
Hi, crafty friends! Welcome to another Friday Stamp Off Challenge. This week, our challenge is to make a Christmas card using non-traditional colors. Anything goes, as long as it’s not green and red.
So here’s the story behind my card. Jackie and Susan are definitely not procrastinators. They post challenges months in advance. They work ahead and schedule their posts weeks early. Me? I’m happy that I have a post some days. I’m getting better, but my life has been totally crazy lately (can you say, “Sandwich Generation?”). So when Susan asked that we change an upcoming challenge, I was on board for this week. I had my idea for the challenge and was ready to schedule my post. And then I thought, “Wait. Susan wouldn’t be asking about this week’s challenge. She’s probably had that scheduled for months.” So I doubled-checked our calendar, and, yep. The challenge in question is later this month.
I quickly changed gears for the non-traditional color Christmas card. Years ago, there was a demonstrator named Colleen Kidder. She was my hero. She had the answer to anything you wanted to know about a technique or a product. I was curious about Heat & Stick Powder (a product I absolutely loved and am still mourning its retirement), so she sent me her tutorial with a beautiful example. She had stamped the evergreen from Lovely as a Tree in Perfect Plum Ink and Versamark on Pale Plum Cardstock. (Yes, that was a long time ago.) Then she used Heat & Stick Powder and Dazzling Diamonds Gitter to create a gorgeous card.
I decided to recreate that card for this challenge, but I wanted to use current Stampin’ Up! products.
First, I stamped the evergreen from Winter Woods in Highland Heather on Purple Posy Cardstock. Then I stamped over the first tree using Versamark (I used my Stamparatus to be sure the trees were perfectly aligned). And then I embossed the tree with Shimmer White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.
After I heated the powder, I stamped the evergreen several more times in Highland Heather, stamping off at least one time before stamping on the card.
To add a little depth to the Purple Posy Cardstock, I used plastic wrap and “pounced” Whisper White Craft Ink over the card to create some snow. Or maybe clouds. Whatever the Whisper White pounces are, they’re very subtle. And, finally, I stamped the sentiment from the Christmas Rose Stamp Set in Blackberry Bliss Classic Ink then adhered the Purple Posy layer to a Blackberry Bliss card base. (Reminder: The Christmastime Is Here Product Suite products are still available! Order now, because when supplies run out, they’re gone forever.)
There’s also some Clear Wink of Stella on parts of the non-embossed trees, but, of course, it doesn’t photograph well. This card is very glittery in person, but (sadly) it doesn’t show as well in the photograph. I tried adding some rhinestones and other embellishments to the card, but I decided I liked the simple version better.
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!