Merry Monday – Non-Traditional Colors for Christmas

While I love all shades of green and red at Christmas-time, I have a weakness for non-traditional colors during the holidays.  Pinks, purples, blues, browns.  They can all play a fun role in traditional celebrations or whimsical celebrations.  That’s why I was so excited to see Lori’s challenge for Merry Monday this week – non-traditional colors on a Christmas card.  Woo hoo!  Here’s my card:

Lovely as a Tree, Holiday Home, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, MM131And here’s the banner for Lori’s wonderfully fun challenge:

MM131Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Soft and Bold.  While combining non-traditional colors with a traditional image, I wanted to also combine soft images with bold ones.  The soft, detailed image of this tree (Lovely as a Tree is a classic stamp set – I purchased this one more than ten years ago) is perfectly offset against these bold, rigid stripes.  The solid block of color behind the tree helps it to stand out against the stripes, as well.
  • Color Combination.  I would never design a Christmas with purple and pink ornaments, so why do it here?  Well, there was a challenge.  Go big, or go home, right?  Either way, I love this combination of colors – dark purple, light purple, soft pink and soft blue all balance each other perfectly.  If you like the combination, feel free to save or print this:    Color Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Photopolymers for Heat Embossing.  You know how much I love heat embossing, right?  I’m often limited to one stamp, though, because I want everything lined up perfectly – and that’s hard to do when a Stamp-a-ma-Jig is involved (I do love the Stamp-a-ma-Jig, but it’s no help here because of all the static it adds to the page).  After I stamped the tree with VersaMark and added the embossing powder, it was super-easy to add the photopolymer sentiment because lining it up was easy.

Stamp Sets:  Lovely as a Tree, Holiday Home  Papers:  Blackberry Bliss, Blushing Bride, Wisteria Wonder, Soft Sky  Accessories:  Stampin’ Emboss Powder (Blushing Bride), Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. Gorgeous!!! Another stunning card! Wow!

  2. Would rubbing the Stamp-a-ma-jig with the embossing buddy help?

  3. Now that is one fa color combo….:)

  4. LOVE the gorgeous color combo you chose to work with, Brian! Great card!

  5. Oh Brian, what an absolutely lovely color combination, the picture that inspired you is lovely too and you were able to recreate all of this wonderful colors on your stunning card. You are so amazingly gifted when it comes to layers, they way you placed all of this perfectly cut strips of paper is truly delightful, this frames your lovely tree beautifully.
    Thank you so much for sharing.

  6. OMGOSH, Brian, I LOVE this color combo you used! You totally rocked my “non-traditional” colors challenge. Gorgeous card! Have a wonderful week!

  7. Gorgeous colors, Brian. Great eye-catching background and you pulled it off … the tree stands on its own, even with the background stripes. Just beautiful!

  8. This is a wonderful mixing of colors, Brian! I love the embossed tree on the deep purple! So striking! Hope you have a wonderful week!

  9. Needed: Tutorial on getting those stripes just so!! Love this card, Brian~~

  10. I love your card, Brian – those stripes look fabulous combined with the beautiful tree image. Such a fresh, crisp design in gorgeous colours!

  11. Oh yeah!!! … pinning!! Color combo and stripes are magnificent! That tree is timeless! By now it HAS to be in the Guinness Book of Records for the longest surviving SU stamp set!! I second the vote for a tutorial on creating those perfect stripes!

  12. This is one stand-out card! Loving those stripes of color in the background – they all go so well together! Fabulous card!

  13. What a super and vibrant color combo and that Christmas tree is fabulous!

  14. Stunning design and gorgeous combination of colors!

  15. Hi Brian! This is my first visit to your blog…your card for the Merry Monday challenge is wonderful! Would you consider adding it to the Jingle Belles *PINK* Christmas challenge too? It would mean another $4 donation to the Susan G. Komen foundation! It ends Wed eve @ 6pm EST. I hope to see you there! 🙂

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  17. Fantastic CAS card Brian, great colours.

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