Well, we've reached the penultimate prompts for this year's challenge.
Hard to believe, I know!
For the first prompt, I came across this lovely image while looking for THE desk calendar for 2017. I am so sad there's nothing on a par with the Letterpress desk calendars Paper Source makes in the US, but there's another stationery company I love - they're high end price-wise so unlikely I'll ever have one of their calendars, but Riffle Paper Co. has made some gorgeous calendars over the years, which included this image in November a few years back:
Here are some ideas:
- The colour palette is a great choice for this time of year - love the pine and avocado greens, the teal shades, and the blush tones
- Focus on florals and blooms
- Go seasonal with branches and berries
- Feature images that have a hand-painted look
- Try and achieve a similar look with 2-step stamping
- Make a card that doesn't feature a greeting
- Clean and simple - lots of white space with a focal accent
For the festive prompt I've been inspired by a lot of the cosy accents appearing in the shops right now - lots of greys and chunky knits to go with white accents.
- Go monochromatic - use shades of just white and grey or select one colour spectrum to use
- Knit patterns and prints are really in right now, even in scrapping papers - if you have them, use them!
- Dimensional paper accents - the tree on the fireplace reminds me of a favourite technique I use for making 3D accents with symmetrical dies.
- Dimensional stars - die cut a star and score it from tip to indent for all the points of the star, you'll end up with a star that looks like the one in the image.
- Add snow and sparkle to your project as a focal point
- Feature festive food/treats
- How about a stocking on the fireplace?
- Use wood designs as your background
The ideas are already whirring in my head, I'll definitely have to get something made while they are fresh in my mind.