Friday, 20 November 2015

Green and Purple

Green and purple Christmas card with ribbon and zentangle stockings

This week's 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge has a green and purple colour theme. Really challenging this week, they're not typical Christmas colours, and I'm not the only one who had to give this a bit of thought. However, the reason for doing these challenges is to stretch myself and see what I can do (as well as getting my Christmas cards made). And there are some amazing cards on the challenge this week as people have been pushed to be innovative, lots of ideas and inspiration for other cards.

My card is quite simple. I cut a piece of watercolour card just smaller than my 5 x 7 card base, and faux stitched round the outside in purple. I attached lengths of green and purple ribbon, weaving them to form a pattern.

To make the stockings I drew the shape on scrap paper, then transferred it to watercolour card the old school way. Literally, this is how we did it when I was at school. I scribbled over the back of the shape with a soft pencil then put it onto the card and drew round the line, pressing quite hard. The benefit of this is I can erase the lines when I've done with them.

I then zentangled the stockings in purple and green, and cut round the shapes. I triple heat embossed them with clear embossing powder to give them a lovely, glossy shine.

Then I simply attached them with foam pads, and mounted the card onto the card base.

Green and purple Christmas card with ribbon and zentangle stockings

As a bonus, I have these backgrounds that I made as my first idea of how to use green and purple.

Green and purple watercolour backgrounds

I haven't had time to do anything with them for the challenge this week, but I have some ideas how to use them for more cards for my Christmas stash.


  1. That may very well be the most perfect faux stitching I've ever seen! I love the woven ribbon, and I'm very impressed by your zentangled stockings! Your very creative approach to the challenge colors turned out awesome! Thanks so much for joining us at 52CCT.

    1. Thank you Patricia. I'm enjoying being pushed to try new things.

  2. Wow! I absolutely love your zentangled stockings - so pretty! Great shine on them too. I agree with Patricia that this is the best faux stitching I've seen! I do like the way you've used the ribbon too! Great card. Thanks so much for playing along with our colour challenge at 52CCT this week! Good luck with the DT Call.

    1. I didn't realise faux stitching is my speciality! I have to admit I used a ruler, I can't draw that straight free hand.

      Zentangle is such a lovely technique to do, very relaxing, so I enjoy any opportunity to use it.

  3. The purple and green ribbon is a beautiful accent. Thanks for joining us in our color challenge at 52 CCT
    Julie T


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