Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Color Throwdown 221-Homemade for the Holidays

It’s time for another Color Throwdown! Barbara is our hostess this week and she's challenging us to use Riding Hood Red, Crumb Cake, Basic Black, and Gumball Green as inspired by this photo featuring a traditional portrait of Santa. I used the colors and the sketch from this week’s I Spy Sketches challenge to make a whimsical holiday card using new goodies from The Cat’s Pajamas.

I used the new CutUps Man die to make a fresh out of the oven gingerbread man for my focal image. The shape is cut from kraft cardstock and inked around the edges with some distress ink for a toasty look. I filled in the stamped face and decorations from the Homemade for the Holidays set with fine lines of white Enamel Accents. When it dries, it looks a lot like icing! I added a pair of cream linen threaded buttons and a baker’s twine bow, too.

The gingerbread man is set at the bottom of a patterned paper panel using foam tape. I don’t have any Gumball Green cardstock in my stash, so I found a paper with some green in it to use instead. The panel is topped with a shimmery white piece cut with one of the new CutUps Toppers dies. A piece of red ribbon, wrapped with twine, runs across the Topper piece. I stamped the set’s “homemade for the holidays” sentiment directly on the patterned paper in Versafine black ink. It’s the best for getting a nice, dark image on patterned paper.

To play along, just create a paper crafted project using these colors as a starting point and add a direct link to your finished project using the linky tool found at the end of this week's CTD post. As always, if you don’t have exact color matches, something close works just fine. And, if you upload your project to an online gallery, use the keyword CTD221. Before you get started, here’s some inspiration from the talented Color Throwdown team and our December/January guestie, Miriam Napier:

** Barbara ** Broni ** Denise **  Joan **
** Kerri ** Lynn ** Tammy ** Wanda **
December/January guestie Miriam Napier

Materials Used:
Homemade for the Holidays stamp set, CutUps Man and Toppers dies, Versafine Onyx Black ink, cream linen thread, Divine Twine green baker’s twine (The Cat’s Pajamas); Riding Hood Red, Basic Black, and Shimmery White cardstock (Stampin’ Up!); Desert Storm cardstock (Neenah); Tea Dye distress ink, white Enamel Accents (Ranger); Merry and Bright 6x6 paper pad (Carta Bella); red grosgrain ribbon, red and black buttons (Michaels); foam tape


  1. What an adorable little gingerbread man, Lori! And a fabulous layout on which to show him off! Great design!

  2. Your little gingerbread man is just as cute as he can be, the pretty paper you used, too, and the top of the card looks really pretty with the border, twine, and button!!!!

  3. LOVE this great layout and that little ginger guy is just the sweetest focal point! Just too cute!

  4. That is too cute, Lori! Love that gingerbread man, and the "icing" is awesome!


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