I used several challenges for inspiration. I loved the sketch at RetroSketches this week, and combined it with the red and green challenge at Less is More, which I've missed for the last two weeks. :( I used a Studio G sentiment that I picked up for 50 cents and stamped it in red and green. I used a patterned paper from my scrap bin for the background pieces and a tiny gem to finish it off.
I used the same sketch to make another Christmas card in white and purple. This uses a Hero Arts dove and more paper from my scrap bin.
Finally, one last red and green card using a Hero Arts ornament. This card also fits the challenge at Addicted to CAS, where the code word is bauble. I felt this card was turning out rather boring, but I didn't want to scrap it altogether. I threw a bow on it and popped up the main panel. It's a little better, although still not my favorite.
I don't often use red and green for Christmas cards. I think one reason is that I just like non-traditional Christmas cards. Another reason is that I don't have any perfect Christmas ink. For these cards I used Memento bamboo leaves for the green. On the first card I used ladybug red and the last card uses rhubarb stalk.
I recently bought a large Memento ink pad in cottage ivy, thinking it would be the perfect Christmas green. I haven't made a single card with it, as it doesn't stamp well. It appears blotchy. If anyone has a recommendation for good Christmas colored inks, I'm all ears! :)
Have a great day!