Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

An unusual colour palette for Christmas

One of the challenges I follow pointed out that this month many people 'celebrate' halloween, but as they are a Christmas card challenge they asked us to make a Christmas card using the colours we associate with halloween - green, purple and orange. I don't usually have anything to do with halloween, and these are not colours I would be likely to chose for Christmas but I gave it a go and here is what I made.
They also asked for a die cut and I have used one that was cut not with a die, but with my craftrobo machine (I hope that counts). A friend of mine was given a craftrobo last Christmas and asked me to go and show him a few things he could do on it. I wanted to show him some very simple but effective ideas, but also to demonstrate it's full potential, so I made a template to cut out this deer scene. Because it is quite intricate I used some of my Chocolate Baroque printed paper as I know my robo 'likes' it. I did this several months ago and I now have no idea where the original image came from, but I think it may have been a black peeloff. (I still have some that are animal scenes. I used to use them over a brayered background.). Anyway, I rescued this one from my 'spare die-cut' box.

The background is made by covering white card with purple mica mist at the base, and a mixture of sticky-fingers sunset yellow and pink dye sprays at the top. I made a mask to just leave a circle where the sun would be and embossed this with stardust powder. On the purple area I used my water-effect stampscapes stamp and embossed this in the same way. Then I layered the die cut over it, matching the water line and the sun, using 1mm sticky pads and added a very narrow border of silver mirri-card.
In keeping with the Christmas theme I frosted the trees with ice-crystal stickles.

For the base card I lightly sponged a card with Adirondak juniper ink to take the stark whiteness away, distressed the edges with Memento bundled sage and used a set of tapestry stamps to randomly stamp holly leaves, a fir spray and berries in my three colours. Then I glued a strip of green paper from a magazine across the centre and added the main scene on top.

Finally I used some little clear stamps to print the sentiments, cut and distressed them a
s the base card, and glued them top left and bottom right of the card, highlighting them with purple and orange gems.

I am entering this card for:

Christmas cards all the year round, October Challenge: Halloween Palette and a Die Cut.
Bah! Humbug! Challenge 42: With Men in Mind.
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge 43: Make a Scene.
Christmas Inspirations Challenge 35: Use a Diecut or Punch.
Christmas Stamping all Year Long: Something Spar-ka-lay.

And I shall also be asking
Shirley Anne to add it to my tally on her blog.


Hazel said...

Unusual colours for Christmas, but they work to make a beautiful card scene - thanks for joining in my CHNC challenge 43 - hope to see you again soon. x

Jean Straw said...

I love the colours even though they are not what you usually associate with christmas. You've made a lovely scene and a great card, Jean x


You got a fantastic effect on your card by using the halloween colors. Thanks for joining us at Christmas Inspirations challenges.; I hope you will play again next fortnight.

Maria said...

Gracias por tu comentario en mi tarjeta de Xmas!
He visto tu blog y me parece mi bonito.
Saludos desde California (que te parece España?)

Pat (mspfd) said...

This is amazing! What a gorgeous creation. The colors look fantastic.

Max said...

YOWZA! I love this card ... the deer look amazing against the purple and orange background. Thank you for sharing with us at Bah! Humbug!

Max's Craft Creations
Bah! Humbug! Challenges DT

Saskia said...

I love the scene, especially the sunset but it still reminds me more of Halloween than of Christmas. Would love to see it in wintery colours.

Di said...

Oh Kate, it's gorgeous! You followed the Halloween colours perfectly and it's still turned out as a great Christmas card - I love it! Di xx

Shoshi said...

I'm another one who doesn't "do" Halloween, Kate. I happen to like purple (and orange in small doses!) and black, and I find it rather annoying that these colours seem to have been "hijacked" so it's great to see them being used for something else!

Thanks for your comment on my blog. I'm like you - I do far better making cards with a specific persdon in mind. Fortunately in this case, I know most of the people my mum will be sending them to, so that helps!

Hugs, Shoshi #85

Ann said...

Stunning Kate - love the colour scheme.
Ann xxx
Bah!Humbug! DT

Ruth said...

Wow, this is beautiful! Striking image and colors!

Shirley-anne said...

Hi there Kate .
Amazing creation .Awesome scene .love this Christmas card and will certainly add to total for you ..
hugs Shirley-Anne

Chris Powell said...

Cards are not my thing but this card is so beautiful