In Colour Perfect Pines Christmas Card

by Joanne James29. August 2016 19:00

We've had a Bank Holiday here in the UK today - not only a long weekend, but the sun has shone all day too! I spent my morning sewing name labels in new school uniform for the James juniors (I have the needle pricks to prove it - ouch!) then a pleasant afternoon outside and a little crafting time too. Today I have a card I made for the current challenge over at Fab Friday, where the challenge is to make a card that uses each of this year's new in-colours:

I decided to have a go at an in-colour Christmas card that used all five colours. Take a look at what I came up with: 


Here's the low-down on today's card:

Perfect Pines Christmas Tree - I cropped my Christmas tree with the Perfect Pines framelits. This set featured in last year's holiday catalogue and I was thrilled to see it carried forward into the annual catalogue. I love all of this year's in colours, however they aren't designed to be used as a set. So a word of caution - to prevent visual overload, it makes sense to choose one or two colours to focus on and allow the others to have a supporting role. Preserve white space too! I decided that Emerald Envy would be the main colour on my card, with Dapper Denim also providing some border colour and then the three lighter colours used sparingly elsewhere on my card.

Colour Blocked Fairy Lights - The simple appearance of this card belies how tricky it actually was to create. Why, you ask? Well, I had this idea that I would use the framelit to cut out strings of lights on my Christmas tree and place strips of cardstock behind. I wanted to ensure that each light was a single colour and that you couldn't see the joins between the coloured strips through the gaps. After much fussing and fiddling with my layout, I eventually worked out how to achieve the look I was after: I increased the height of each coloured strip by 1mm as I progressed down the tree, starting at 5mm and finishing at 10mm. I also cut away the top two strips so that only one of each of the colours could be seen extending beyond the tree across the card front. So easy when you know how - and yes, you are welcome!

Enamel Star - the only other things I added to my card were my greeting from the new Merriest Wishes stamp set and a Sweet Sugarplum enamel star that I added to the top of my tree. Love these enamel shapes in every colour!

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:


You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!


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Comments (4) -

Heather H
Heather HUnited States
8/30/2016 7:30:42 PM #

What a lovely and colorful Christmas card!  I really like how you can see the stripes through the tiny piercings on the tree!  Thanks so much for playing at Fab Friday!


Brian King
Brian KingUnited States
8/31/2016 2:18:44 AM #

Such a fun card, Joanne!  Your bold stripes are such a great way to showcase these colors.  Love the card and how they perfectly line up with the ornaments on the tree.  Thanks for playing along with this FabFriday color challenge.


Amy Koenders
Amy KoendersUnited States
8/31/2016 2:49:00 PM #

What an awesome card Joanne!  I love that you were able to get those lights all lined up with your color blocks.  Awesome designing!  Thanks for joining us at Fab Friday, hope to see you again soon!


Amanda Mertz
Amanda MertzUnited States
9/2/2016 4:34:51 PM #

I love seeing Christmas cards in non-traditional colors!  This one knocks it out of the park!  Having the colors showing through as lights is a great detail even if it was fussy to line up!  Thanks for sharing at Fab Friday!


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