A blog devoted to the cards I make in my tiny upstairs space. When my sister stays there, she calls it an "artist's garret". I'm not an artist, but am an enthusiastic cardmaker - hence the title "Cardmaker's Garret".

Monday, 2 September 2019

Complementary Gifts

CAS Watercolour Challenge gave me the opportunity to get another Christmas card made.  Host, Jenny, wants us to use complementary colours, and the colours that immediately come to mind for me are the Christmas colours.

Stamped, watercoloured with my Gansai Tambi paints, trimmed, and put on a green border - I got out a very old Martha Stewart border punch for the bottom edge - I like the way the dots on it tie to the dots on the bottom gift.  I used a red card base to keep up the use of complementary colours.

Of course, you don't have to use red and green!  I'm looking forward to seeing what you choose!  There's more inspiration over at CAS Watercolour - the Design Team and September's Guest Designer, Anita (Stampin with Anita) have come up with some great colour combinations!

Stamps - Stamping Bella
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper - watercolour paper, red and green cs
Size - A2
Accessories - coloured pencils, Gamsol, Martha Stewart border punch                      


  1. This is a terrific classic Christmas card, Susan! Great job with the painting and I love your intentional border feature! I hope you're having some lovely weather to enjoy your gardens!! Hugs, Darnell

  2. Love this stack of Christmas presents, Susan! My favorite is the dotted one and how it matches up so perfectly with the die cut border!

  3. You've been doing a great job of building your wonderful Christmas card stash, Susan! Pretty light-touch watercoloring of the gift boxes and the shadow. Adding the dotted border punch to the rectangle green matte is a wonderful idea!
    Hideko xx

  4. Great Christmas colours Susan, I'm always drawn to the Red and Green. great watercolouring and love that cute stamp :)

  5. Sweet Christmas card. Beautiful watercoloring as always. Perfect challenge to get some traditional red/green Christmas cards done. xx

  6. Great image to use the red and green on and yay for another Christmas card to add to your stash!! Love the dotted punch you used and how it ties in with your packaging too! Great card Susan!! :0)

  7. Great card with the traditional Christmas colors for the gifts. I like that you used a Martha Stewart punch. I need to give my older purchases some love too.

  8. Wonderful contemporary card with a fabulous stamped image. The red card stock looks great too x.

  9. LOVE this set of complementary colours ... nothing like traditional red and green. Your stack of gifts is so sweet and I love it with the red card base. Fabulous card Susan! xx

  10. fun card...I really like the whimsical look of the image.
    xx Karen


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