Purple Christmas

Please don’t freak out, but yes, I said the “C” word — Christmas! LOL I set a goal a few months ago to start working on my holiday cards earlier this year. I even went so far as to be specific and say I would start them in April. Given there’s only a week left in the month, I figured I’d better get started! LOL

Mel's Card Corner | Purple Christmas

For this card, I used the Embellished Ornaments bundle from Stampin’ Up!®. I absolutely LOVE the detail of these ornaments, both on the stamps and coordinating Thinlits. Cutting them from silver foil paper using my Big Shot just makes them all the more gorgeous!

For the layer, I cut a piece of Blackberry Bliss cardstock (which is sadly retiring) at 4-1/8 x 5 3/8″. I love making cards using non-traditional colors and thought Blackberry Bliss would love amazing with the silver foil ornaments.

I randomly stamped the holly branch from the stamp set all over the layer. Since I wanted a very subtle look, I used the matching Blackberry Bliss ink (also sadly retiring) and even stamped off once before stamping on my layer. In some places, I even stamped off twice. It’s kind of difficult to see in the photos, but I love how this simple step added some texture and interest to my layer while still allowing the foil ornaments to take center stage. You can click on either of the photos to see a larger view which might make it easier to see.

Mel's Card Corner | Purple Christmas

After ensuring my background stamping was completely dry, I treated the lower corner of the layer with my Embossing Buddy bag then stamped the sentiment using VersaMark ink. I added some white embossing powder then heat set it. After it had cooled down, I brushed away the extra powder from the Embossing Buddy with a dry cloth.

I added some silver metallic thread to each ornament using a little bit of Fast Fuse to make sure it stayed put. I adhered the larger of the two foil ornaments directly to the layer using liquid glue then popped the smaller round ornament up using some Stampin’ Dimensionals that I cut into tiny strips. It wasn’t easy working with the tiny strips, but I think it was definitely worth the effort to add that bit of dimension to the card.

Once I had both of the ornaments adhered, I wrapped the metallic thread to the back of the layer and secured it using some Scotch tape. I then adhered the layer with tape runner to a white A2 top-folding card base which finished the card.

I’m entering this card in the following challenges:

I mentioned earlier the Blackberry Bliss cardstock and ink are retiring. There are a lot of other awesome products also retiring on May 31. You can see the full list here. Retiring stamps will continue to be produced through May 22, but all non-stamp products on the retiring list are available strictly on a “while supplies last” basis. Here is the list of items that have already sold out as of close of business yesterday (April 22, 2016).

Mel's Card Corner | Sold Out Retiring Items

I’ve sorted the list by publication (AC is the annual catalog and OC is the occasions catalog) then by page number to make it easier to find them in your catalogs. Items marked with “FR” in the product name are in French.

Until next time …

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  1. Nikki Spencer says:

    Clean and elegant! Your colour choice is lovely, so striking and the metallic baubles add the perfect twinkle for Christmas. Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink.

  2. Di says:

    The deep blackberry & silver is such a great combination, Mel & perfect for a Christmas card. The subtle background adds lovely added detail & the baubles look fab the foil too. Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week.

  3. Jan M says:

    This is so pretty and elegant Mel! Such a gorgeous colour combo allowing the silver baubles to really shine! I love how you popped up the round one – well worth the extra effort. Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week

  4. Bonnie says:

    I’m sad to see Blackberry Bliss go away. It’s one of my favorite colors and it’s gorgeous with the silver foil ornaments, Melissa! I love the subtle stamping too! Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday!

  5. AlisonC says:

    I can jsut see the background, it’s beautifully subtle. Very brave to attempt white embossing but it looks so cool. I know what would happen if I tried!

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