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Team Color Challenge for December 2021

Updated: Nov 24, 2021

This month I've accepted my team's color challenge to make a card using Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede, and Real Red in my design. The colors are not a big surprise, as red and green are generally thought of as Christmas colors. What IS a surprise is that I chose to subordinate red in my card!

One of the things I've noticed about color challenges in general is that two of the three colors typically "fit" together, but the third generally breaks the rules of color coordination. That's why it's a challenge. We are asked to move out of our comfort zone and try something new. So, here's what I did for this month's challenge!

I used two stamp sets this month: Nature's Harvest and Amaryllis Abloom. You may recognize amaryllis as a seasonal flower that's often used for display or as a gift during the holidays.

It's not at all unusual that I am mixing and matching stamp sets. I tend to use whatever I want to make a card that pleases my own sense of style. This month, I used images and sentiments from Amaryllis Abloom, but I also made a background from the bottom right "filler" image of the Nature's Harvest set.

Process: My card base uses Pear Pizzazz cardstock. The bottom layer has Basic White cardstock, stamped multiple times around the edges with the filler image in Nature's Harvest. Doesn't it make a really cool background? The next layer up is Soft Suede cardstock, followed by another Basic White layer, stamped in Soft Suede ink with the same filler image from Nature's Harvest. Finally, I have the top layer, which is stamped with the artistic amaryllis blooms in Pear Pizzazz and Real Red inks. The sentiment and diamond pattern are stamped with Soft Suede ink directly on the paper. I popped up the entire white layer with Stampin' Dimensionals.

The inside features another sentiment from Amaryllis Bloom, along with a single amaryllis bloom and artistic stamps to balance the elements on the page.

Final thoughts: As I mentioned in the beginning, I was surprised to find myself using primarily green and brown for this card. Still, red took center stage as the focal point, giving the eyes a place to rest on the card. I think it came out pretty well.

Thanks for stopping by! May you truly be blessed as you celebrate a Happy Thanksgiving later in the week!

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