Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Red, Pink, and Light Pink...Perfect for Christmas!

Reader Natalie shared last week that she'd made a Christmas card a few years ago that she loved. It was pink, red, and white. I'd just made this card and love the colors, too. Great minds think alike!

I'd reorganized my inks (because, you know, all the pretty colors!!!) and noticed that Memento Luxe rhubarb stalk, VersaMagic pink petunia, and Avery Elle pixie formed a lovely spectrum. Papertrey's Fair Isle Motifs set was out on my desk, so I started experimenting and came up with this cozy card, with just a hint of green for contrast.

Breaking down all kinds of color barriers with this one! Certainly many of you will find it un-Christmas-y, but I really love the softness and feminine feel to this card.

Design note: This card is completely, utterly flat, yet it doesn't need anything else. Partly, this is because of the color gradation combined with the tiny spots of contrasting green...adding a complementary color to a monochromatic scheme will add energy even in a static design like this and even in very small doses. Partly, it's because the Fair Isle Motifs stamps are made to look like stitching on a sweater...the texture is implied, even if it's not real. So it works without layers or bling or anything else.

Which is kinda cool, don't you think?

stamps: Papertrey, A Muse
ink: various pigment inks
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: none


  1. Fair Isle Motifs is an awesome stamp. Can't wait to get me one. I've bookmarked your use of this stamp set so I can create some Late Blossom inspired cards.

  2. I do love non-traditional colors. Call me a rebel. :)

  3. Is it weird that I feel honored to be mentioned here? :) Thanks Susan - you're card is beautiful!!!

  4. Wonderful explanation of your design!


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