Saturday, 12 January 2019

Purple and Green Christmas

Our second challenge at the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown each month is always a colour challenge. This month Andreja has chosen Purple and Green for us to play with.

I dug out my distress oxides and Wee Folk Christmas stamps from Clarity.

I stamped a background in a texture stamp and bundled sage, then added the wee folk around the page in purple (wilted violet and dusty concord) and green (mowed lawn, cracked pistachio, crushed olive, twisted citron and more bundled sage).

Once they were in place, I stamped in between with two script stamps, to draw it all together.

I then spritzed with water to activate the inks.

Not sure it looks that different, I didn't want to overdo it.

To turn the background into a card, I cut it down to card size (5 x7). I made a background matte and sponged dusty concord ink round the edge.

I stamped a Merry Christmas sentiment, and die cut it out, along with a mount for it with a larger size die. This was also sponged purple. I cut out two lacy borders from the purple sponged card to see which I preferred across the card.

And then fell out with it completely!

Fortunately, for once I wasn't last minute, so could put it aside and think about it!

So this is what I did instead. (I forgot to take any photos of this bit!)

I sponged wilted purple into the centre of the mount piece (and the edge a bit), then put green oxide inks onto a mat, spritzed with water and dipped the card into it.

I cut two snowflakes from the centre using new dies from The Works.

For the sentiment, I used the offcuts of the background I made. The stamp is the mini word chain from Clarity. I used the stamp platform so I could stamp in purple, then add a bit of black to make it stand out more. I also heat embossed with clear powder. I then went round the edge of the words with a white gel pen to emphasise them further.

I made a mount in the same way as the big mount.

I added more purple to the snowflakes so they stood out more.

Everything was edged with a black inkpad. 

There was a purple Santa in the background that was making the snowflakes disappear, so I went over it with a green pencil. I used a grey pencil for a shadow around the sentiment to add dimension.

Final touch, a metallic purple pen to scribble in the corners.

I put it together with a tape pen, and PVA for the snowflakes - I want to make mostly postable cards this year!

These are two of my favourite colours together! I may have overdone them a bit but hey! A bit more white/neutral space may have helped. But then I like busy cards - they're only small.

To join in with the challenge, visit the 52CCT blog. You have until Friday 18th January to enter. Have fun!!


  1. I love how you created that background. It is such a perfect use of this weeks colors.

    1. Thanks Ek. I love my backgrounds, then struggle to know what to do with them!!

  2. I like your purple-green festive card :-)) Fantastiv job with background!
    Hugs, Andreja

    1. Thanks Andreja. I think it looks a bit like wrapping paper!

  3. How many times have I fallen out with a card? Well done for saving it. I like the use of the sentiment and snowflakes against your fun background. x

    1. Thank you Alison. Snowflakes are my go-to solution for most Christmas cards!

  4. Quel joli design Lucinda, moderne et charmant, biz

  5. I really like what yo've done, Lucinda! Very creativ and festive!
    Rosi x

    1. Thank you Rosi, I love playing around with the oxides, took a while to make this one work but all good fun!


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