Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A Very Merry Pink Christmas

Hi all,

I’m trying my hardest to convert any challenge to a Christmas card at the moment as a way of making a dint in my Christmas cards this year. But when I saw the colour challenge that Makeesha had set this week I had my doubts about whether I could do it. Here’s her colour pick.

However I saw that Cindy Major had put together a really nice Christmas card with the colours so I thought why not! And this was the result.

The card design was very heavily influenced by a card Nichole Heady made recently (see the first one in this post); I also used her snowdrift templates for my DSP at the bottom. Although I had to extend the templates both width wise and height wise. That suggested to me that the standard US card size is smaller than the one we use here in Oz which is something I hadn’t realized. So I started with a Pretty in Pink base and I stamped this with stars from Holiday Spirit (R) using white craft ink. Over this I added two contoured strips of DSP along the bottom, first a remnant piece from Berry Bliss (R), then over that some Basic Gray DSP from the Hostess pack in our catalogue this year. The edges of the DSP have been roughed up with the distressing tool and I also added dazzling diamonds along the top edges using two way glue. You can't see the sparkle in the picture unfortunately. The central image is the Christmas tree from Holiday Spirit, I first inked up the stamp in versamark then in Basic Gray, stamped it onto Pretty in Pink and sprinkled over clear embossing powder. It came out darker than I expected – closer to Black actually. But then since black is one of the challenge colours that was fine with me. Next I tried something I have been wanting to do for a while – try out my Prismacolour pencils – well the white anyway. I used the white pencil to colour all the pink areas within the tree. To finish off the tree I added some pink rhinestones as baubles for the tree. Under the tree I added a little strip of black checked gingham ribbon. Then matted the pink layer onto gray and white. First rounding all the corners. The final element is the sentiment added in the bottom left, also with a couple of rhinestones. I quite like how it turned out.

Thanks for visiting.


Recipe: All SU unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Holiday Spirit (R), Short and Sweet
Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Basic Gray
Ink: White craft, Versamark, Basic Gray, Basic Black
Accessories: Berry Bliss DSP (R), Basic Gray DSP, Word Window punch, Corner Rounder punch, Clear embossing powder, Prismacolour pencils, Black checked gingham ribbon, pink rhinestones (Kaiser), Distressing tool from Cutter Kit, Two way glue, Dazzling Diamonds, Dimensionals, SNAIL adhesive.


  1. Well Kim anyone who is fortunate enough to receive this gorgeous Christmas card would be proud to display it through the festive season, I know I would. It's a beautiful card and your layout is brilliant too.
    Sally :)

  2. OH Kim, this is too cute! I LOVE the swirls in the DSP and the stitching too! Just fabulous! Thanks so much for playing! Love Keesh x


Thanks so much for taking the time to comment!