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".

Saturday, 9 November 2019

Purple and White

I'm honoured today to be the Guest Designer over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown after winning their white, blue, and brown colour challenge with this card!  The challenge is:

And it was a challenge for me as I'm not used to using purple on a Christmas card!  Here's what I made:

For the background, I sprinkled purple Magicals onto mixed media cs and spritzed with water.  They spread beautifully into slightly sparkly shades of purple.  I let it dry naturally rather than heat drying so that the heat gun didn't blow the colours and make them pool.

I die cut the snowflake and glued over the purple panel (after first trimming it down).  Popped it up on fun foam on a white background piece on which I'd stamped my purple sentiment, and then popped that piece up on fun foam on the card base.

Since purple on Christmas cards is such a challenge for me, I'm looking forward to seeing what cards are entered over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown!

Stamps - Hero Arts sentiment
Ink - Memento Grape Jelly
Paper - white and mixed media cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Spellbinders Snowflake Snippets die, purple Magicals, fun foam


  1. Beautiful Susan, I bet the shimmer of the magicals look amazing against the white. Love the snowflake die :)

  2. Congratulations on guesting Susan and what a stunning card. The magicals look amazing and the die cut in the white looks crisp and so very pretty x.

  3. I love your purple background and I think it's perfect for this snowflake frame! A perfect sentiment too! Congratulations on your well deserved win and Guest Designer spot!

  4. Gorgeous purple and white Christmas card, Susan. I love your die cut snowflake with the purple magicals...a magical Christmas card, my friend. Congratulations on being chosen as the guest designer. Love and Hugs..Nancy

  5. quelle élégante carte Susan, sobre et si chic, merci d’être notre guest designer cette semaine, biz

  6. I've seen the sky turn about that shade before so this is a perfect background for your beautiful snowflake die.

  7. Congratulations on being guest designer! Your card is absolutely gorgeous! xxx

  8. Congratulations on guest designing, Susan! After see your extraordinary purple and white Christmas card, I ask myself why we don't all make purple and white Christmas cards often?! It's beautiful, especially with the purple sediment, too!! Hugs, Dolly

  9. Gorgeous purple magical background for your pretty snowflake, Susan! Love that you've stamped the sentiment in purple too. Beautiful card! Congrats on being Guest Designer at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown! xx

  10. What a beautiful background and I just love that die! That one looks like a must have! I love your layers too. Beautiful design!

  11. Congratulations on GD! What a beautiful non-traditional purple Christmas card. Love how the bright white snowflake pop against the Magicals background. I can just imagine how sparkly it is IRL.

  12. This is beautiful, the snowflake looks very special against that purple. I hope you'll agree that there are some amazing purple cards in our gallery this week! Belated thanks for being our guest designer at 52CCT


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