Happy Saturday!  The weekend is here, and it’s time for another 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown challenge!  This week my fellow team member Louise has a color challenge for us – black, white, and metallic gold.  I ended up making two cards for this challenge.  I wasn’t thrilled with the first one, so I made the second one… and then after making the second one, I liked the first one better!  Go figure.  :)

So here’s the first card.  My sweet sons’ Christmas present for me was a gift certificate to Oozak, and some of the things I bought with it are Memory Box dies.  I love snowflakes, so I couldn’t resist the die I used for this card.  I thought gold would be a fun, unexpected color for a snowflake, and I do like the way it turned out.  I ran the gold cardstock through my Xyron machine before I cut the snowflake, thinking that would be the easiest way to add adhesive to the snowflake.  However, it seemed like the die had a hard time going through the backing on the adhesive.  That was discouraging.  I tried adding shims and finally got it to cut all the way through.  I used Stars and Stamps sketch #41 for the layout, substituting the snowflake for one of the rectangular panels.  As I was editing the photo of this card, I had the thought that I should have used textured black cardstock for some additional but subtle visual interest.  Oh well.


I actually thought of gold bells before I thought about using the snowflake die, but I was having a hard time figuring out just how I would carry out that thought.  I’d already shared one bell card with similar colors just a few months ago, and I didn’t want to copy it.  When I saw this week’s Freshly Made Sketches layout, I thought it might work with another bell stamp I own.  I didn’t want the black panel to be just plain, and one of my swirly embossing folders coordinated really well with the bell image.  But I didn’t want the deep texture that the embossing folders give.  So I embossed the panel, took the cardstock out of the folder, reassembled the “sandwich” with the cardstock out of the folder, and ran it through my Big Kick again.  That actually worked to smooth out the texture more than I bargained for, and it was really hard to get the embossing to show in the photo, so I had to do more tweaking than usual with my photo editing software.  I made one small change to the layout, moving the sentiment to a place where it would be more visible.

So there they are – two cards for this week’s 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown, and two more for my growing stash of cards for Operation Write Home.  What kind of Christmas card will you create with black, white and gold?  Please be sure to share it at the 52{C}CT site by Friday, March 15.

Supplies for the snowflake card:
Stamps: Sincere Salutations (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Brushed Gold (SU)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Bianca die (Memory Box)

Supplies for the bells card:
Stamps: A Greeting for All Reasons (Stampin’ Up); Holiday Lane (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Brushed Gold (SU)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Gold (ColorBox)
Other: D’Vine Swirls embossing folder (ProvoCraft)

11 Responses to “52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown – March color challenge”

  1. Simply stunning snowflake card!!

  2. What a fabulous snowflake – so beautiful! I really like the sweet bells too!!

  3. I really liked your first card. Sometimes less is more, so you don’t need to stress about having not added embossing. It’s very classy. I like the simplicity of your second card too. Great job on both!

  4. Lovely cards Patricia – Jacqueline xx

  5. I just LOVE these two cards! Absolutely fabulous CAS feel and beautiful use of the colors! What a wonderful start with us–welcome to your new team!!! HUGS, friend! :)

  6. Both cards are so beautiful. I really love how you did the one for FMS. It’s so clean and crisp. I love the black, white and gold for this sketch. Thanks for sharing with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

  7. Two wonderful cards.

  8. Love the black and gold for Christmas cards! Thanks for playing with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

  9. That snowflake die cut is awesome and in gold it’s amazing! Stunning cards hope you’re having fun with the challenges

    Louise xx

  10. Both cards are simple yet so stylish Patricia, stunning – you did a fab job! I have a thing for snowflakes so I have to confess to that one being my fave!
    Ruth x

  11. I really like both cards Patricia – they are terrific but must admit that the gorgeous snowflake made my heart go pitter-patter :O)

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