Deck the halls turnabout

I’m on the Foiled Fox blog today, sharing these fun and festive cards made with the Concord & 9th ‘Deck the Halls’ turnabout stamp.

It is a cool trick to create a multicoloured background by turning your stamp 90 degrees each time but that is not the coolest thing I learnt in creating these cards. It was a happy accident resulting in an unexpected colour scheme that please me most.

The beauty of the turnabout stamp is not so much the full background you create because you can do that with a background stamp. The turnabout stamp allows you to ink a different colour each turn and have four different colours even distributed across your finished panel. For the first card I was traditional in my colour choices and stamped with versamark so I could emboss in gold then the rest of my turns were versafine clair glamorous, shady lane and rainforest. The gold gives the panel a lovely pop and I ended up embossing my die cut sentiment with the same gold as I didn’t have cardstock that matched exactly. I popped up my sentiment on some red foam but you could get the same effect with a couple of layers of red cardstock. To frame the stamped panel I swiped the glamorous ink pad around the perimeter and attached the panel to a cream card base.

The second card features gold, platinum, white and black embossing. The white doesn’t show up in the photos but in real life it’s very pretty. I would never have chosen black as the fourth colour in this mix but I accidentally inked the stamp with my black nocturne stamp pad thinking I had picked up my versamark. I think the effect is bold and modern. I also added black foam under the gold sentiment to pop it up a bit.

I often use black for silhouette stamping on a Christmas card but I think this might be the first time I have stamped little decorative motifs in black. What do you think? Would you include black in a multicolour Christmas panel?

Make sure you pop over to the Foiled Fox blog for extra tips and details.


Stamps: deck the halls turnabout (Concord & 9th)

Dies: jingle bells, wreath noel (Penny Black)

Paper: hot pressed watercolour, neenah cream, shimmer gold

Inks: versamark, versafine clair glamorous, shady lane, rain forest, nocturne

Embossing powder: gold metallic rich, platinum, clear, white

Also: black foam sheet, red foam sheet

Tools: MISTI

6 Comments on “Deck the halls turnabout”

  1. Jo-Anne H says:

    I would definitely include black in a multi-colour Xmas panel! I think it looks great, Heather! Classy.

    I love black as an accent colour; I use it in my cards, I use it in my home…

  2. Pat says:

    Two fabulous colourways Heather and love the two different large die cut sentiments over the top with the wonderful turnaround stamp which is all it needs. I love the gold mat on the second too. x

  3. Karen Jackson says:

    Two very modern looking Christmas Cards today Heather, I love them both but the colourway of the second one is stunning. The black definitely works on this card and I have used black myself in the past. I do admire your patience as I would not have enough to use a turnabout stamp, even for such a wonderful result.

  4. Janet S. says:

    Wow! I never would have considered black as an accent card on a Christmas card, but I love it! Thanks for sharing your “happy accident”!! It is so striking and beautiful, I can’t stop looking at it. Wow, good job girl!!

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