Hi there! Today, I have the pleasure of continuing my month of guest designing for Concord and 9th, helping to introduce their 2019 Holiday release! Today, we are focusing on Merry Shapes and Mistletoe Messages! I have two projects today, so let’s get started with the details!
For my first project, I used Mistletoe Messages. It’s been so very warm here lately that it’s been a bit challenging to get myself in a traditional “holiday” mood, so I have been enjoying applying jewel tones to these holiday projects. I used a pretty plum, teal, and silver color combination for both projects today. I began by stamping a plaid background using some bright plum ink and the Woven Plaid background, then trimming it down and mounting it on an A2 panel of teal cardstock.
I die cut two mistletoe branches from the Mistletoe Messages dies using some more teal cardstock. I trimmed down a panel of vellum and mounted the branches and some glittery berries on the vellum. (The vellum helps to soften the bright, busy pattern in the background.) I also die cut a silver foil bow using the Neutrals Foil Paper Pack and added it to the top of the little botanical cluster.
I also die cut a banner and stamped a “noel” from the Mistletoe Messages and mounted it on the very front of the mistletoe. I hid the foam adhesive behind the leaves of the mistletoe and mounted it on the plaid panel.
For my second project, I used similar jewel tones, with the addition of some bright pink to create a fun, whimsical background using the Merry Shapes stamps. To stamp a patterned background, I start with the largest image, then the medium image, then the smallest image is used to fill in the gaps.
After stamping the background, I used a blender brush to blend some more of the plum purple in the center of the stamped background panel. I then die cut the Jolly dies, which is the freebie for this month with any purchase over $60! I mounted it in the center of the blended area using foam adhesive for extra dimension.
I trimmed the very edges of the patterned panel down and mounted it on an A2 panel of bright pink cardstock. The final touch was to add some sparkling jewels in shades of pink, purple, and teal to add even more sparkle (and to fill in any holes that might be left).
Well, that’s all for my projects today! I hope you don’t mind my non-traditional color combinations. Sometimes, a little change can be fun, don’t you think? Be sure to check out the Concord and 9th blog to see the inspiration from the other two fabulous guests for this month!