Monday, November 16, 2009

Christmas 1950s Style

I was playing around with the Sweet Centers stamp set again, and realized I hadn't made anything with the ornament top... and I hadn't made anything without a treat cup! Of course one thing led to another, and this is what emerged. The color scheme of apricot, red and sage for some reason made me think of the 1950s, so I worked with that idea in mind and completed a couple of cards using the same set of materials (watch for upcoming posts).

I began with a 5x5" base, hinged at the top. After adhering my DSP (pieces from both Christmas Cocoa and Day & Night), I started sponging. I always try to "pull" a bit of the color from one section into its opposite, so here the DSP on top (and the ornament) got hit with caramel to age it (the neutral caramel is similar to the peach in tone and effect) and I "rosied up" the section of apricot base that shows at the bottom. This approach makes for a more unified look on the piece.

As I was trying out placements, I decided that the ornament by itself was a bit "flat" so I hand cut some simple holly leaves from sage scraps, sponged the edges with caramel, and added the large white snowflake rub-on as background and the smaller one as "sparkle" on the 1 3/4" circle that is the ornament (the white highlight is just a scrap of white made by using the same punch). The sentiment is embossed in white. When you attach the ornament, you could pop the center up on some dimensionals and glue the edges flat to add curvature to the surface... or not!


All supplies Stampin' Up!

Stamps: Sweet Centers and Yuletide Christmas (Holiday Mini Catalog)
Ink: Creamy Caramel and Real Red classic
Paper: Almost Apricot, Sage Shadow and Real Red CS; Night & Day and Christmas Cocoa specialty DSP
Accessories: 1 3/4" circle punch; Icicle rub-ons, Stampin' Dimensionals


Jessica said...

I love it, I love it, I love it. I love the old-fashioned feel to it.

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