I think I may have squealed when I saw the inspiration photo at Sunday Stamps! I have some gorgeous patterned paper that is absolutely perfect for this challenge. It is one of those papers that you take out and look at, maybe display it and occasionally caress it lovingly. Maybe I left the cap off of my glue a little too long or perhaps there are a few others out there that feel like I do about paper.
I struggled with how to best showcase this lovely paper. I was up north and had limited supplies with me, though I don’t know if it would have helped with my full arsenal at hand. I decided to go with an ornament die cut. I cut multiples and layered and pieced and added a few pearls (which represent the white in the inspiration photo). I had a fun clear embossed paper that I bought with the original patterned paper to use as an accent. I fussed and fussed and couldn’t land on something I liked. The patterned paper and the ornament fought each other and no one was the winner. So my starting inspiration, the patterned paper, lost out this time around. I am very happy with the resulting card and love the non-traditional colors for a Christmas card. I may need to do some more playing around with the patterned paper and it deserves to be shown off and not hiding in a drawer.
Here is a picture of the card resting on the patterned paper of my dreams. The colors are gorgeous and rich, the pattern elegant and has a lovely sheen.