Today I want to tell you why I love handmade non-traditional coloured Christmas cards. Tell me, if you had to guess the number of red, white and green cards you received last year, what would you say? Probably more than half right?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of traditional colours. After all, Santa would look a little funny in a pink suit. But isn’t it a super feeling to get a little unexpected surprise in your envelope? So why not think about making your own with a different colour palette like I did here?
Well? Would you send a card this colour? Or is it a bit too “soft” for you? I admit, it’s completely different from another non-traditional coloured card I shared last year. Maybe that’s why I like it so much – it’s not every day you see powder blue stockings hung on the fireplace. This one brings to mind Victorian decorations don’t you think?
What are my favourite things about non-traditional colours?
- they will be unexpected
- my cards will stand out from the normal Christmas colours
- I can create a certain “feeling” if I want
- colour coordinating keeps paper crafting fun
- creating with non-traditional colours keeps me inspired
- I come up with new combinations I can use for non-holiday projects
But how about we take a closer look ‘cause I’ve got a lot going on with this card, even though it doesn’t really look like it because there’s really only ONE colour!
First, I paired the snowflakes on the stocking with the Softly Falling embossed background. If you don’t have this embossing folder, get it! Not only is it superb for snow like you see here, it works for celebrations, birthdays, even sympathy and thank you’s. Really just about anything. It’s one of the most versatile embossing folders we have and one I reach for over and over. Did you know the Christmas Stocking thinlit is on sale this week? At 30% off, it’s a fabulous deal! But only until November 26th!
Then I glitzed up the stocking with some Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper I repeated for the background. One small strip is all you need to take your card from pretty to spectacular! I’m sorry you can’t see this card in person. It really is stunning. The light catches the glimmer and it sparkles just like the moon on newly fallen snow. Another little touch is each of the snowflakes has a dot of Dazzling Diamonds glitter. They invite you to touch them and mirrors the glimmer paper.
The last touch is a perfectly matted greeting, one of my all time favourites. Isn’t it a beautiful script for “Christmas”? Being a calligrapher, I know it was created with a pointed pen, one of my three “go-to” lettering styles when I pull out my ink and nibs. And I love how the little flourish at the bottom is so whimsical. I repeated the Soft Sky ink to maintain the card’s softness. A quick whiz through the Big Shot with the second smallest layering ovals and a stitched shape oval in bright Whisper White and it’s done.
Some tips as you try out some different colour combinations:
- Stick with some traditional images, like my stocking or presents. Because they’re familiar your card will immediately say Christmas even if your colour doesn’t!
- Think about sticking with only one colour like I did here. The simplicity will make it WOW all on its own.
- Make sure your colours work with each other. For example, Crushed Curry would have looked out of place here!
- Pick colours and images that suggest a “coordinated feel”. If I had chosen to add a dark purple topping for the stocking, it would have looked too heavy for the card.
So now you know why I love handmade non-traditional coloured Christmas cards. Do you wanna make one for yourself? Here is everything I used and they would love a place in your craft room too!
You Can Make It Too
When you get a card in colours out of the norm, your greeting will stand out from the rest. Not only because it’s unique and handmade, but because you’re willing to go out on the “coloured limb”. Every year designers come up with new and trendy colours for the holiday season. Take a peek at those and maybe you’ll also be saying “why I love handmade non-traditional coloured Christmas cards”!