Purple Christmas Owl

Purple Christmas OwlThis was an interesting card to make. Not only is it a very non-traditional Christmas card but it’s also fairly different from my usual style of card. I very rarely use ribbon or lace, and I tend towards CAS cards rather than those with lots of layers. Despite that, I actually rather like this!

I started by choosing a lavender card base, and cutting a panel of white to be just smaller. I then ran the white card through my Big Shot with the lattice embossing folder from Sizzix’s Butterfly Lattice set.

Next I cut down some snippets of card for my panels – a dark purple for the tall panel, the same lavender as the card base for the next, and then a white panel for the sentiment. I also picked out a piece of lace ribbon, and a pink satin ribbon to go behind it.

I decided to use the owl and wreath stamp from Pink and Main’s hOWLidays stamp set. I coloured the bow on the wreath purple to tie in with the rest of the card, and went pinker for the baubles. For the wreath itself I used an olive-green and tried to apply a slight texture with the colouring. I stayed simple and went brown for the owl. I kept all my colours fairly soft and neutral, and didn’t fuss too much with shading save to add some shape to the different elements. I used watercolour pencils for all the colouring and blended it out with my clear Wink of Stella to add some shimmer. I then cut it out with the coordinating die.

Taking the small bow stamp from the hOWLidays set I stamped a subtle pattern over my little lavender panel using Milled Lavender Distress Ink. I then used a purple pigment ink to stamp my sentiment, from the retired Joyful Tidings which is another Pink and Main set.

With all the elements ready it was time to assemble. I primarily used my tape runner to adhere my panels together, working my way up through the layers. I first attached the dark purple strip to the embossed background, then the sentiment to the bow patterned background before adhering them to the embossed panel. I then adhered my ribbons one at a time and stuck my image onto the top. Finally I used foam tape to adhere the entire panel to the card base.

Purple Christmas Owl 2As I said, I’m very pleased with how this came together. It actually surprises me how much I like it considering it is rather different from my usual fare. But I do like how it turned out, particularly given that I went into it without a concrete plan. This was one of those times when I started creating and let the ideas come to me as I worked.


Lady Joyful

Challenges included:

Addicted to Stamps and More – Holiday

Sweet Stampin’ Christmas – Anything Christmas

Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – Anything Christmas and Optional: Cute

Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge Extra – Anything Christmas

Double D Challenges – Lavender and Lace 

Mod Squad – Texture (dry or heat embossing – I used dry)

Mojo Monday – Sketch/Layout

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Cute



20 thoughts on “Purple Christmas Owl

  1. Darling design all around! So glad that you join the fun over Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Cute” Challenge! Awesome details and design! Super work!

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  2. It is nice to take a challenge and do something different than you would usually do. Also nice when you like it when you are finished. Now you already have a Christmas card done for next year. Good idea! Thanks for joining us this week in the challenge at the Mod Squad. Good luck and hope to see you again.
    Barbara DT Member

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