Audrey Pettit: I was recently scrolling through my Facebook feed, and came across this beautiful photo by artist Ayda Algin from Cafe noHut. I have always loved to read, so I think the stack of books is what first drew me to this photo. But on closer inspection, many aspects of this picture make me think of our new Evergreen collection, from the colors to the gorgeous white flower in the vase. Using these starting points as inspiration, I created two holiday cards that I am excited to share with you today.
My first card was inspired simply by the colors of the inspiration photo. The red and blue, pulled from the stack of books, is one of my all-time favorite color combos for the holidays. I added in some crisp white, too, taken from the flower in the photo. Love how all three colors work together to create a design with a slightly retro 50′s kitchen vibe that really pops.
I absolutely adore the metal snowflake embellishments from the Evergreen collection, and let a pair of them take center stage here. I simply stacked two of the snowflakes with a small round die cut and a white candy button for an easy and eye catching focal point, added to the card base on a pop dot for a bit of dimension. I think this snowflake is pretty enough to be removed from the card and hung on the tree, don’t you?
One of the Mini Snippets journaling cards makes a great frame to highlight the snowflake. I added a decorative chipboard piece for a quick and easy sentiment, and a few more candy buttons, too. An oval die cut from the Die Cuts & Transparencies pack cut in half and tucked on either side of the Snippet card adds a final bit of detail.
My second card was inspired mostly by the beautiful flower in the blueprint photo. I tried to recreate the look and feel of the inspiration flower with this pretty floral chipboard, framed once again in one of the Mini Snippets cards. By cocking the chipboard a bit to the side, it makes me think of the flower, nodding away in its vase.
This time, I stuck with a more traditional holiday color palette of red and green, although with a bit of a twist. Love that the range of reds in the Evergreen collection varies from light red or pink all the way through to dark red or burgundy. Gives so much interest and variation in an otherwise traditional color scheme. I took advantage of that by layering lots of pretty Evergreen patterned papers here, along with one of the 3×4 Snippets. Adhering the top panels with pop dots adds even more definition to all those fabulous layers.
One final bit of inspiration I drew from the photo is adding a soft element of fabric, as seen atop the books, to both card designs. Just a bit of cotton batting, layered between papers and trimmed with pinking shears adds a whole new layer of texture and detail that will add that last little wow to any card design.
BasicGrey Evergreen Collection:
Die Cuts & Transparencies
Printed Chipboard Shapes
Candy Buttons- white and black
Trim: Stampin’Up, The Kraft Outlet
Cotton Batting: Sewing Supply