Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Too Late...

...that's me!  I created today's card for the monochromatic challenge over at Handstamped Sentiments but was a couple of hours too late to enter!  That'll teach me to read the fine print next time!  Ah well, I still like this card and thought you might like to see it too!  It a holiday card without a  stitch of red or green!  See what you think...

Monochromatic holiday card using the Winter Post stamp set and Mocha Morning DSP.

Inside of card with sentiment from the Christmas Lodge set from the Holiday Mini.
So, not your typical holiday colour scheme but I actually like this look.  I used several different shades of brown:  crumb cake, soft suede and early espresso as well as very vanilla for my neutral.  I drew my colour palette from the Mocha Morning DSP...loving that stuff more everytime I use it!  The stamped images are all from the Winter Post set in the main catalogue with the exception of the music notes.  Those are courtesy of the wheel of the same name.  This card features lots of sponging and shading with the various shades of brown for depth and texture as well as some watercolouring of the skaters using the same ink colours and my aquapainter.  The antique brad and crumb cake seam binding ribbon are the perfect finishing touch for this vintage-looking Christmas card.   Now if only I'd gotten it in in time for the challenge! 
Speaking of challenges, I just received word that my card was an Artist's Pick over at Pals Paper Arts this week.  Its kind of ironic that a challenge I found really difficult earned me this honour!  I guess the difficulty of it forced me to step it up a notch!  Thanks so much to the ladies for Pals Paper Arts for choosing my card...I am humbled!


  1. This is absolutely stunning I love everything about it....you have a definite talent Leena

  2. I love this card Leena!
    I'm a fan of monochromatic, anyway ... but I love that this is a Christmas card without the predictable red & green! Lovin' the Mocha Morning Paper, too!!!
    Gorgeous, may just have to CASE this one!

  3. I echo Christine's comment about non-traditional colours for Christmas cards! Love the off kilter tag...

  4. Too funny Leena. That happened to me with Monkey 71 Fall Sketch challenge last week. Missed it by a breath, anyways like you I posted anyway because I liked the card. I'm with Christine on the non-traditional Christmas colours for your card. Really rich and wonderful looking. TFS!


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