Life is full of contradictions, and I find myself as an adult surprised by my choice of Christmas colours. Our childhood Christmas was a chaos of multicoloured shiny baubles and tinsel. Streamers festooned the ceilings, and every available picture frame had sprigs of holly tucked in. I loved it as a child but expected that as I grew up and had my own house that I would choose an elegant colour scheme; monochrome or perhaps just a couple of colours. However, life is full of surprises, and I relish delving into the decorations box and seeing glimpses back to my childhood as I pick out each bauble and handmade nugget. From delicate antique spheres that belonged to my Nana to the crumbling Santa decoration, I made from a blown-out eggshell as a young child to the precious momentoes sent from friends afar to the annual holiday decoration sent to the children from my Mum. I find my Christmas embracing the chaotic and is just as colourful as my childhood, and I wouldn’t have it any other way! So when I came to colour this Outline Christmas Bulbs set from the new Cheer And Joy release from Simon Says Stamp I went full rainbow – very unusual for me! I’ve linked all supplies at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.
Before I jump into the details of the card, here’s a look at what is included in the Cheer And Joy release.
For this card, I stamped the large Outline Christmas Bulbs set in Antique Linen Distress Ink and took a depth breath before reaching for some bright Daniel Smith watercolours! Among the ones I used were Pyrrol Scarlet, Quinacridone Gold, Jadeite Genuine, Phthalo Blue GS and Quinacridone Violet.
For the sentiment, I chose a greeting from the Holiday Greetings Mix 1 set and stamped it in clear embossing ink on vellum and white heat embossed. I trimmed the strip to a banner and wrapped it around the watercoloured panel. I then added the panel to a Neenah Desert Storm card base with foam adhesive.
I finished the card with a generous sprinkling of sequins in colours to match the Christmas bulbs.
That’s me for today, and I’ll be back on Saturday to join in with a blog hop packed with inspiration. In the meantime, check out the Cheer And Joy release from Simon Says Stamp here.
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Summary of the project which gives all the views of the card in one photo :D I’d love if you pinned and called by on Pinterest :D