Saturday, December 10, 2011

Traditional Christmas Colors

I love the traditional reds and greens of the Christmas holidays.  While I like to admire some of the more outrageous "alternative" color schemes for holiday decorations and cards, there is something cozy and welcoming about the right shades of red and green.  I decided to make a card with traditional colors and a special snowflake medallion that I designed using the Silhouette Studio software.

Here are all of the pieces of the card.  The white cardstock base is cut at 5 x 10 inches and folded for a 5 x 5 inch square card.   The green layer is cut at 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches and the red glittered snowflake layer is cut at 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches.

The red glittered snowflake cardstock is from this DCWV stack from last year.  The red and green cardstock are Core'dinations  color core  and the white medallion is cut from the Core'dinations glittered "couture" cardstock.

The card base is quick to assemble by simply centering each square on top of the one before it. The white card base is a little bit difficult to see in some of these photos against the white background. When you add layers to a card base, it is easier if you place the card on a contrasting color paper so you can make sure that you center the pieces.

I drew this design on the computer and added the blackout and shadow layers - this is so quick and simple to do in the Silhouette Studio software.

I raised the medallion from the card with foam strips.  I hate to waste anything so I cut off the edges from a sheet of smaller adhesive squares and place sections of it on the back of the medallion.

The card folds at the top.  I think this design has a slightly Scandinavian feel to it.  The glittered cardstock is pretty but I thought a special card needed a few more embellishments.

I added some gem stickers in two sizes to finish off the card front (the gem stickers are from Creative Charms).  Wouldn't these make pretty party invitations?  You could print out all of the information and add it as a liner inside the card.

I have dozens and dozens of designs that I have designed in the Studio software for the Silhouette.  I am trying to work through the files to test cut them.  I may not have time to try all of them but I often do some screen shots to show what the file looks like.

Are you attending or hosting a holiday party this weekend?  Do you have any "go to" dishes that you always serve or bring to parties at this time of the year?

Friday was a busy day - so busy that I have several things that I expected to finish that have now been pushed into the weekend.  Of course, the weekend was already full of plans - there is just never enough time to do it all in December!  I hope you have a great (and not too busy) weekend!

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  1. Still love the tradional colors for Christmas. However, I love blue and white, too. Your card is beautiful.

    Dianne Bell -

  2. Love designs like this -- reminds me of snowflake designs....loved the idea of the bling along with the design! Great your site! Wouldn't miss it daily to see what you have come up with! VERY CREATIVE!

    Debbie from Nebraska

  3. Very pretty Christmas card - another use for a beautiful snowflake!

    Yes, there are lots of parties to attend this month. My "go to" dish that I tend to bring with me is a fabulous recipe for Almond Roca - it's always well received!

    Wendy T.

  4. I have that paper and haven't used the snowflake sheet. I need to make a couple of quick cards. I think these are it
    Thank you
    Linda in Stanwood


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