Simple and Elegant

At this time of year any Christmas card making I’m doing has to be pretty simple and straightforward. But that doesn’t mean it can’t still be elegant or eye catching. I paired metallic embossing with richly coloured papers for these three nativity cards.

These papers from Alexandra Renke are solid colour but with the variation of a watercolour wash. They have enough interest to look like a sky but not fight with the detail of the picture stamps from Penny Black.

I always have a bit of a task matching a gold cardstock with gold embossing powder. On the top card the gold embossing powder on the dark red appeared to be an ‘old gold’ so I matted with a dark gold. On the last card I used a light gold card with the same embossing powder. The middle card features platinum embossing and a platinum mat around the deep green paper.

I hope you are further along than I with your Christmas card sending but as I say most years, December 25 is the first day of Christmas, there are twelve in total so I still have time to get my cards sent!


Stamps: lighting the way, peaceful season, three kings (PB)

Paper: Alexandra Renke dark green, red and scarlet papers

Cardstock: neenah natural white, platinum shimmer, gold shimmer, pale gold shimmer

Ink: versamark ink

Embossing powder: gold metallic rich, platinum

8 Comments on “Simple and Elegant”

  1. Kathleen McGovern says:

    Lovely designs, Heather. Would you like to see this year’s image and ditty? Attached. Blessings Kathy McGovern London

  2. creatingincolors says:

    When all is said and done, this is my favorite type of Christmas card – simple and elegant – and the real meaning of Christmas. Beautifully done.

  3. Mary Ann says:

    Now I’ve added “lighting the way” to my wish list…I agree with creatingincolors completely!

  4. ND says:

    “Simple and Elegant” says it all. I have just a few more cards of greeting that I will despatch today. How great it would have been to have a few of this selection at my disposal. I take this opportunity to offer my best Christmas greetings for peace and joy to your many card creating colleagues, some of whom I had the pleasure of meeting this year.

  5. Karen Jackson says:

    The simplicity of these beautiful cards allows the message in the design to shine, and it is the message that counts. The last of my cards for posting have all gone. Just have to make 3 family ones now and I’m done..but there is so much laundry still to do it will be Sunday before I have time. Merry Christmas Heather, to you and yours, and thank you.

  6. Karen Page says:

    Love these! The easiest solution to your matching embossing powder problem is to use white paper for your mat and emboss the edges in the same powder. Guaranteed perfect match! And easy to do while you have the powder out anyway 🙂

  7. Pat says:

    These are beautiful Heather and the lines of the images work so well with the metallic embossing and so elegant too on thos pretty papers. x

  8. jillianfoster82 says:

    Oh Heather! These cards are stunning! I hope you and your family had a BEAUTIFUL Christmas!! HUGS!

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