Creative Challenge: Non-Traditional Colors

Every month, we like to issue a new creative challenge to keep your minds sharp and your creative juices flowing. Since it’s so close to Christmas, we’ve decided to go with a festively inspired challenge: make a Christmas card using anything except traditional Christmas colors. Take a look at what we came up with!

For our Merry Christmas card, we started with a white card base and layered on a white panel embossed with the Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder. Then we die cut a few snowflakes in Coastal Cabana, Granny Apple Green, Petal Pink, Polished Pink, Shaded Spruce, and Sweet Sorbet. We adhered a sentiment and finished the card with some Iridescent Rhinestone Basic Jewels, which added a touch of sparkle that we love at Christmas without competing with the colorful snowflakes.

For our Happy Hanukkah card, we chose a Basic White panel and die cut some “stars” into it. We backed that paper with Silver Foil, and then die cut a few candles in Starry Sky, adding some Crushed Curry flames. We made sure to arrange the candles with one slightly taller than the others, imitating the look of a menorah. We finished the card with a few Festive Pearls and a sentiment that we made with the Alphabest Stamp Set.

We loved this challenge because it really helped us think outside the box. What will you come up with this month? Don’t forget to share your creative projects on social media and remember to use #CreativeChallengeSU so everyone can see!

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Technique Focus: Multicolor Images

A sweet Christmas can be yours with our July–December 2022 Mini Catalog Sweet Gingerbread Bundle, which includes the charming Sweet Gingerbread Stamp Set and Gingerbread House Dies. Use this bundle to create a festive Christmas cottage with gumdrops, lollipops, pine trees, and a cozy curl of smoke that doubles as an adorable speech bubble—where you can stamp loving sentiments for family and friends.

To duplicate this month’s “technique focus,” fold Thick Basic White Cardstock in half to create a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (10.8 x 14 cm) card, then add texture to the card front using the detailed border die pieces. Ink the stamps in a lighter color, stamp off once, then use Sponge Daubers to add shading in a darker color before stamping and die cutting. Heat emboss the sentiment on Basic Black Cardstock using white Basics Embossing Powder, cut a tag shape, then adhere the sentiment to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

What can you make with this super-fun bundle? Post your projects on social media and use the #SweetGingerbread hashtag so we can see your work!

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CASE—Copy And Share Everything


It might be a little too early to celebrate Christmas, but it’s never too early to CASE a card! We CASEd the color scheme from a card in the July-December 2022 Mini Catalog—and we loved the way it turned out!

For this card we used the Kindest Gnomes Bundle from the July–December 2022 Mini Catalog and we focused on five main colors: Blushing Bride, Coastal Cabana, Crumb Cake, Granny Apple Green, and Sweet Sorbet. We started off by using some Sweet Sorbet In Color 6″ x 6″ (15.2 X 15.2 cm) Designer Series Paper Assortments as our background. We layered on some Basic White Cardstock, and we colored an additional panel with Coastal Cabana.

We loved the colors of our gingerbread house in our Have a Sweet Christmas card, and we wanted to copy those colors in our toadstool house. We colored the top of the mushroom with Blushing Bride and used the Blushing Bride Stampin’ Write Marker to make the dots. Then we colored the base of the mushroom and the gnome’s hair with Crumb Cake. We also colored her hat and little apron with Coastal Cabana. Then we die cut some leaves and we stamped out our sentiment in Granny Apple Green. Isn’t it cute?

If you’re looking for a way to shake things up, try your hand at copying and sharing everything!

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Fond of Autumn Step-by-Step

BEGINNER

Creating simple yet stunning note cards has never been easier than with our fabulous Fond of Autumn Bundle to inspire you. Send thanks and happy thoughts using the gorgeous images in the Fond of Autumn Stamp Set—or make a stack of stamped cards to give as gifts!

To create the beginner version of our Just a Note card, start by folding Very Vanilla Cardstock in half; stamp the floral, leaf, and acorn images in Soft Suede ink on another layer of Very Vanilla Cardstock, then adhere it to the card front. Add a simple sentiment plus a few pretty gems from the Leaf Label & Amber Gem Combo Pack to finish off this timeless card.

CASUAL

We stepped up our second card by coloring in the images with Watercolor Pencils (Old Olive and Early Espresso), then used the curvy banner die from the Autumn Bouquet to cut out our sentiment.

AVID

For our most detailed card, we colored our images as before using Watercolor Pencils, but this time applied water using our Water Painters for a beautiful watercolor affect. We then die cut the watercolored images and pieced them together to create a lovely collage for added dimension and texture.

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CASE: Boughs of Jolly

We loved the look of our Boughs of Jolly card, so we decided to CASE the layout! If you’re looking for some new ideas, try your hand at copying and sharing everything!

For our Wishing You a Happy Retirement card, we used the textured stamp from the Brightest Beauty Bundle to stamp on three strips of Basic White Cardstock using three different inks. Then we used Paper Snips Scissors to distress the edges. We offset the three strips and adhered them to the card base with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

Next we stamped and heat-embossed the floral image twice on vellum. After cutting both branches out, we layered one over the other to create a larger branch image. Fun fact: this floral image was designed after the golden wattle, which is Australia’s national floral emblem. Traditionally this plant has yellow flowers and green stems, but we decided that we loved the white coloring for this project. To finish off the card we used a few Adhesive-Backed Seasonal Sequins to give the card some shine. We colored the white sequins with a Soft Sea Foam Stampin’ Blend to tie in with the other card colors.

If you like what you see, don’t be afraid to CASE it! You could copy the layout, or you could mimic the colors or the techniques—the possibilities are endless!

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