Colour Me...! Nutty or Nice? Nutcracker Christmas Card

by Joanne James27. August 2014 09:00

It's Wednesday so time for the challenge over at Colour Me...! where this week we have a playful palette to work with:

What do you see when you look at these colours? They are quite clashing - pink, vanilla, orange and blue - from different areas of the colour wheel, yet they can work together. I decided to go with an unconventionally coloured Christmas card, using the new nutcracker stamp from the Santa Stache stamp set. Here is my card:

I used Marina Mist for my card base, then layered a strip of spotty Tangerine Tango DSP from the Flowerpot stamp set before creating a paper pieced layered image of the nutcracker. To do this, I stamped the nutcracker 5 times, once each on a piece of Very Vanilla, Marina Mist, Tangerine Tango, Pink Pirouette and Smoky Slate. Using the Very Vanilla piece as my base mat, I then fussy cut the pieces from the remaining images and paper-pieced them together, layering the edges on the hat and jacket for added dimension. I used some now-retired Pink Pirouette mini brads to accent the buttons on the nutcrackers jacket, hat and the edge of my card front for balance - these were lurking in the back of my drawer and were just the right size and shape for the domed effect I was after, but you could use candy dots or maybe small enamel dots in lace of these for a similar effect. Lastly, I cut out the Smoky Slate moustache using the moustache framelit and adhered to my paper pieced image with dimensionals. This vanilla base was matted onto both Marina Mist and Tangerine Tango before adhering to my card base and a little flag with the fun sentiment 'nutty or nice?' added just underneath.

I hope you like my unconventional card this week - only one more day to go until you can order this fun set for yourself. meanwhile, why not visit the other Colour Me...! designers and check out their takes on this week's colour combination:

And our talented guest designer for August - Stephanie K
We look forward to seeing what interesting ways you choose to use this colour palette in your designs. Back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!
Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
* Santa Stache - Available 28th August
Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

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Comments (14) -

Sherrie M.
Sherrie M.United States
8/27/2014 10:29:32 PM #

How clever of you Joanne to use these colors into a holiday card! Love your nut cracker!


Joanne James
Joanne James
8/28/2014 9:59:21 PM #

Thanks Sherrie! A little unusual - a colour combination that almost had me stumped to be honest, then inspiration struck!


Sandy M
Sandy MUnited States
8/28/2014 1:18:06 AM #

Such a fun holiday card! Love the big mustache and those candy dots!


Joanne James
Joanne James
8/28/2014 10:00:18 PM #

Thanks Sandy! I love the moustache too - it didn't appeal in the annual catalogue, but with the nutcracker and santa in the seasonal, I just couldn't resist!


Lesley E. Croghan
Lesley E. CroghanCanada
8/29/2014 2:36:15 AM #

This is simply awesome! I adore your use of the colours and the clean lines of your card!


Joanne James
Joanne James
8/29/2014 7:00:08 PM #

Thanks so much for the compliment Lesley - that means a lot from someone as talented as you!


Gloria Westerman
Gloria WestermanUnited States
8/29/2014 5:06:30 PM #

Joanne this is so adorable...I just found your box buster with easy to used site...thank much for doing this...I was in a pickle on some sizes and couldn't figure out how to make them...I knew I could with my envelope maker but just didn't know how...I've tag the site so I can find it easier...again thank you so've taken the headache out of making boxes...


Joanne James
Joanne James
8/29/2014 7:01:27 PM #

Thanks Gloria - glad you like my card, but even more pleased that you found Box Buster and it is making box making so much easier for you!


Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
8/30/2014 12:54:54 PM #

I have a friend that collects Nutcrackers!  She would flip out over this card.  I wasn't going to buy this stamp, but you have inspired me!  This card is so FUN!  I love the unconventional colors you used for this card!  GREAT job with the colors!!!!  


Joanne James
Joanne James
8/30/2014 9:29:32 PM #

Thanks Claire! I bought this set for the santa, but I think I actually prefer the nutcracker as he's a bit more versatile! This colour palette was a challenge this week!


Tara Bourgoin
Tara BourgoinCanada
9/1/2014 12:50:49 AM #

Ok seriously, this is the funnest Christmas card I've ever seen! Absolutely amazing way to use the colours this week - I HAVE to CASE this one Smile


Joanne James
Joanne James
9/1/2014 10:35:22 PM #

Glad you like it Tara - this week's colour palette was certainly a challenge! CASE away - it's my pleasure!


Stephanie K
Stephanie KCanada
9/1/2014 8:29:38 PM #

This is such a fun card!  I LOVE the nutcracker and the use of the colours just worked out so great!


Joanne James
Joanne James
9/1/2014 10:36:05 PM #

Thanks Stephanie - it took me a while to come up with a plan for these colours, but once I'd decided on the Nutcracker, I was on a roll!


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