Monday 19 December 2011

A modern take on a traditional colour combo...


Hoooooooray for the first official day of the holidays! :) I've already been a busy bee as I've finished the rest of my Christmas wrapping (still gotta make some tags as I'm not sure the Post-It notes with names scrawled on will suffice!), took my final trip to the post-office (although it was a soggy walk, the complimentary mince pies on the counter were much appreciated!)

Anyways, onto the cards I have to share. Now I'm a total sucker for the tradition colours of Christmas (any excuse to indulge in my favourite colour *wink*) However, I'm also a sucker for modern design so here's a couple of cards to prove that a traditional colour combo doesn't have to lead to a traditional design:

Modern Wreath

Getting my dollar's worth with Modern Basics by now creating a wreath! This was easy-peasy to stamp: lightly trace a circle and follow by stamping leaves in two shades of green and add berries and a bow to finish!

Next up, a spot of masking:

Happy Holidays

Remember the tree from this card? Well using the same mask I created this one simply substituting chevrons for my yummy Classic Fabric Design Hero Arts stamp.

***Edited to add: someone in a previous post asked me what I used as my mask as they find it hard to get good, clean lines with this technique. I usually use a Post-It note, but for this larger shape used regular cheap copier paper (the thinner the better!) and don't' be afraid to add a lot of pressure to that stamp to make sure you get fabulous coverage. Hope that helps!***

These cards could totally qualify for our new challenge on A Passion for Papertrey - I'm dreaming of a GREEN Christmas (yes, this is a challenge I demanded! LOL!) So if you've put a spot of gorgeous green on your own Christmas cards and used at least one PTI product, then share the inspiration with us!

This gorgeous colour combo is also the focal point of the current Just Us Girls Challenge so I'm entering these cards over there too (not sure if that second one of mine will count with it's yellow star though!)

Right I'm now off to tidy up Santa's Grotto my crafting space! I've gotta clear some room to make some tags but I'll be back again this week to share a few more Christmas cards with ya (if you're not sick of 'em already!)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Catch ya later!

Card Deets
{Happy Holidays Wreath}
Stamps: Modern Basics, Stocking Prints, Holiday Tree (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Pure Poppy, Spring Moss (Papertrey Ink)/ Fern (AMuse Ink)/Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock: White, Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Cuttlebug/Linen and Canvas Impression Plate (Papertrey Ink)/Ribbon (Craft Supply)

{Happy Holidays Tree}
Stamps: Classic Fabric Design (Hero Arts)/Stocking Prints, Around and About Basics (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Fern, Buttercup (AMuse Ink)/Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Cardstock: Pure Poppy, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Cuttlebug/Linen and Canvas Impression Plate (Papertrey Ink)


Lynn said...

Ah...Aimes! So glad you could play along with us at Just Us Girls...and wow! I love the Modern Basics card, but the second one! Dancing in the streets over here! I love that HA image and you've highlighted in beautifully!

Chunyuan said...

Love your use of classic fabric background on the CAS card.

Shannon said...

Wow, Aimes, I love your damask masked tree! I'm inspired to go home and make one of my own now. Neighbors need Christmas cards, too, right? You have so many great cards. *Sigh*

Karen B. said...

Pick my jaw up from the floor. These cards are amazing. Absolutely amazing. The first card had me at modern and it is so cool to see that set used that way.

Rachel Izakowicz said...

Stunning cards, Aimes! You're so clever with that Modern Basics - mine is collecting dust - never know what to do with it! The texture on the second card is gorgeous as well! x

Susie said...

I'm enjoying your cards so much. I can't wait to get home in January and start practicing my CAS techniques. I think many of us don't give enough thought when looking at shape and design; i.e., the stamp used for your tree design.

~amy~ said...

simply fabulous!

Sharron said...

Both of these are MARVELOUS! Love the Modern Basics design and your tree is SO AWESOME--such a great use of the HA image! Looks like such a wonderful technique--must try it out!!

Jenny said...

Wow and wow again!! Love the cool modern geometric style of both :)

Hope you have a great Christmas Aimes and Best Wishes for the New Year too :)
Jenny x

Stephanie said...

Very clever use of modern basics Aimes (it's currently in my pile of 'to ebay' sets but maybe I'll keep hold of it just a little while longer now), also love the masking to create trees....will defo try that for next years cards (gosh, next year lol) x

Vicki Dutcher said...

Love both of these! Thanks for joining in at JUGS!

Marion said...

These are both great Aimes. Particularly love the second one - probably because I own that stamp but I would never think to do anything like that! Just CAS elegance!

Unknown said...

Oh how I love that modern basics wreath!!

Lindsay said...

Way to think outside the box Aimes! LOVE that wreath!

Elise said...

These are SO elegant! {And I am SO envious of your over achievement on the holiday front!} I'm SO happy you were inspired to share these lovely creations with Just Us Girls - BEAUTIFULLY crafted! And THANKS for posting our graphic - we REALLY appreciate it! Happy HOLIDAYS!

Cheri said...

Aimes, I love the way you used the HA stamp - the creation of a tree with it, is brilliant! Fabulous cards, both of them. Congratulations on getting the mention at JUGS!

Andrea M said...

BRILLIANT Aimes!!! Absolutely BRILLIANT! Thanks so much for sharing your AMAZING talent with Just Us Girls!

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