Blue christmas

Not a blue christmas as in sad christmas, but blue christmas as in a new challenge for The Male Room challenge. We are using the color blue (it doesn't have to be christmas though...).

For this card I went nuts in my collection of wintery hero arts stamps. For my background I used the wonderful "graphic snowflake bold prints" background stamp. I stamped using a light blue distress oxcide ink and clear embossed it to make a subtle texture on the card. I also gold embossed the sentiment directly on the background using a sentiment from the "color layering trimmings" stamp set.

And while I was at it I stamped the branches, baubles and pine cones also from the "color layering trimmings" stamp set by Hero Arts. For the branches and baubles I used blue oxcide inks in different colors. i also mixed in some cracked pistachio ink as the background color on the branches to create a hint of green while keeping blue as the main color. I stamped the pine cones using brown oxcide inks. I also gold embossed the bauble toppings.

To create a bit of Rihanna feeling (this IS a card for a guy, right... ;-) ) I stamped a squirrel to swing on one of the baubles. The squirrel is from the "Bundle up" stamp set, also from Hero Arts. I colored it using my copic markers and tried a little no line-coloring to keep up with the no line-feeling of the rest of the card.

I matted the background on a piece of dark blue cardstock to pick up the color from the baubles and arranged my stamped images on it. I used white twine as strings from the baubles to the branches.

To finish the card I glued the panel on a white card base.

I hope you will make something blue the next couple of weeks. I can't wait to see what you create.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
* A blog named Hero - Winter
* Simon says stamp wednesday challenge - Christmas
* Cute card thursday - #560 Embossing
* Time out challenges - #124 Joyful


  1. I love this Lise, so much detail and yet made to look so crisp and clean. I love the subtle texture you created in the background and the ways you have layered up the branches and hung the baubles-thanks for joining Time Out

  2. Your blue baubles are so pretty and I just adore your sweet little scene with the addition of the squirrel!! Beautiful embossed sentiment too!! Thanks for sharing your creation with us at Cute Card Thursday Challenges! HUGS, *Vicki* (DT)

  3. So pretty - I love the depth you have on the baubles - they look so realistic! The squirrel is a sweet touch too! Thanks for getting joyful with us at Time Out! Jill

  4. Great card and I love the little squirrel on the ornament. So cute. Thanks for playing along with us at A Blog Named Hero.

  5. This is Karen Bull, a design team member with A Blog Named Hero. This is a wonderful creation - thank you for playing along this month!

  6. What a gorgeous card, amazing choice of colors! Thanks for playing along the 'Winter' challenge at the A BLog Named Hero!


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