Friday, 12 August 2016

Simple and elegant

White and gold Christmas card with two trees and "Christmas Greetings" sentiment

It's been a few weeks since I took part in the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge - life getting in the way! And been away for a week. Although some of the themes have been ones I really wanted to do - I'll have to make the cards anyway!

This week it's a sketch challenge.

52 CCT August 2016 sketch challenge

I got back yesterday so it's had to be a simple design today.

I wanted to use zeta hammered card for the texture. I wasn't sure how it would stamp, being textured, but turns out the answer is beautifully!

Gold heat embossed tree design on white zeta hammered card

I used the ClarityStamp collage tree, stamped with versa mark, and heat embossed in gold.

I then cut a mask from a sticky note, and stamped a second tree behind it.

Sticky note mask over tree stamp

For the sentiment, I used one of the Clarity Christmas Greetings stamps, newly acquired. The vertical line is a swirl that is actually from a Japanese set (also Clarity), but I think it's pretty, and generic enough to work for Christmas. Everything was gold heat embossed.

Two trees, "Christmas Greetings" sentiment and line of swirls in gold on white hammered card

Having trimmed back to the size I wanted, I edged the outside with a versa mark pen and heat embossed in gold again. I then cut a matt to go behind from the same card (and remembered to gut it, using my Merry Christmas sentiment die) and edged this in the same way.

I used a 5x7 card base for the two layers.

White and gold Christmas card with two trees and "Christmas Greetings" sentiment

A simple and quite literal take on the sketch, but I think the white and gold, and the hammered card, give an elegant look.


  1. I think this is so elegant, so beautiful. I do like the gold embossed trees - great take on the sketch. Thanks so much for playing along with 52CCT, Deborah, DT.


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