This week's Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge is a Color Challenge.
You don't know how happy I am to see that the colors this week are traditional Christmas colors.
Here is my Cherry Artichoke River Rockin' card for this week:
Very excited to be a guest designer this week, but I was a bit nervous about that designation, especially when I first saw the words "Color Challenge." Many of you use non-traditional colors very well, but I may as well be crafting in the dark when I try to pull off something out of the ordinary for Christmas. So... Hooray! (and thank you, Lesley!) for the traditional red & green!
You can barely see my mini dove stamped in River Rock ink on my main photo, so I took a close up. That tiny bird is from the retired SU! Elementary Elegance stamp set. I added some Victoria Crochet lace and a little Vintage trinket safety pin to attach the little bird tag to the card.
All supplies used today were from Stampin' Up!
Here are some of the other basics for what I used for my card...
Paper basics: Always Artichoke & Cherry Cobbler striped DSP, River Rock, Always Artichoke and Very Vanilla cardstock.
Stamps and ink: The sentiment from the set, Merry & Type, was stamped in Artichoke classic ink on Very Vanilla cardstock. I punched out the sentiment with the large oval punch then sponged it a bit with River Rock ink to add just a little aging to the otherwise crisp Vanilla.
More tools: Some Artichoke cardstock was embossed with the oval from the Adorning Accents folder and cut out and popped up on dimensionals. The olive branches (that's what I'm calling them on my Peace card!) are from the Bird Punch.
One of the bonuses about using the cross cut DSP for my card was that there are pieces left for another card. Using the same stamp set, but different sentiment, I created this alternate Artichoke, Cherry & River Rock card. I even tried my hand at more hand stitching. LeAnne has a great theme challenge at the Paper Players, so I'm adding this card to their fun stitching challenge. My hand stitching is not perfect, but I love the added texture. Of course, looking at it here, it makes me think "Frankenstein meets Paper Crafts"...!!! EEK!
Check out the more polished cards at the Paper Players Challenge #135 for more stitching inspiration.
Happy stamping everyone! Enjoy the challenges this week.