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Contemporary Holiday Card

Contemporary Holiday

Hi All!

Before I get to the card, I want to mention a little issue with the new Challenge photo uploader I introduced on Thursday. If you take a photo with your phone and try to upload it, it attempts to upload a photo called image.jpeg. Well, it works fine for the first person who uploads, but the next person gets a message that the filename already exists. I’m trying to find a solution for it, but in the meantime, please save your photo to your computer (or mail it to yourself), rename it, and upload it. I’m sorry for the inconvenience and will keep you posted on a solution.
UPDATE 9/7/2016 @ 10pm CT: FIXED!!

I’m excited to start working with all the new holiday products!! Today I’m using the new Twinkle Trees set by Stampin’ Up!, just released last week as part of the Holiday Catalog.

I did one version white on black and one version black on white:

Contemporary Holiday

Contemporary Holiday

It’s hard to get a good photograph of a white background with black focal areas. I wish I had more talent when it comes to photography. Which one do you like better? I was trying to make the trees look like stained glass, so I clear embossed them. Here is a close of each:

Contemporary Holiday

Contemporary Holiday

If you’re in the US, I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend. Enjoy the video!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Gansai Tambi colors used: 139, 31, 51, 34

Twinkle Trees
Twinkle Trees
Falling Snow Folder
Falling Snow Folder
Gansai Tambi Watercolors
Gansai Tambi Watercolors
Perfect Pines Framelits
Perfect Pines Framelits
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Black Embossing Powder
Black Embossing Powder
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Hero Arts
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Ranger Super Fine Gold Embossing Powder
Gold Embossing Powder
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paper
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Hero Arts Black Notecards
Hero Arts Black Notecards
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Scotch Foam Tape
Scotch Foam Tape
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on September 7th, 2016 at 6:42 am


    I love them both. Maybe the black tree on white is my favorite, but I the other one is stunning also. I like the idea of clear embossing the trees. It does give them a stain-glassed look. Thanks for sharing!! Holiday cards are my favorite cards to see and make!! (I pulled the adding white when meant to add clear just yesterday!) 🙂

  2. wrote on September 7th, 2016 at 6:59 am


    My thoughts are similar to the comments above. I thought cards were very classy but I preferred the white background. It seemed cleaner and the tree popped more. I thought heat embossing the trees was a great idea too. It made all the difference. Thanks again for inspiring us and nudging me to think seriously about getting started with my Christnas cards as time is flying by!

  3. wrote on September 7th, 2016 at 1:17 pm


    I agree about both cards being excellent. I’m not sure I have a favorite! Great ideas! Thanks!!!

  4. wrote on September 7th, 2016 at 1:19 pm


    Awesome!! both this cards are beautiful and elegant, can’t pick a favorite, love them both.

  5. wrote on September 7th, 2016 at 1:33 pm


    These cards are lovely. Such a great idea for the tree stamp.

  6. wrote on September 7th, 2016 at 1:46 pm


    Hi, my favorite is the black background. Love the contrast. You are one of my two, go to people for creative inspiration. Thanks again for sharing your talents.

  7. wrote on September 7th, 2016 at 3:30 pm


    I love that the black background looks like a star lit night!

  8. wrote on September 7th, 2016 at 3:31 pm


    I like the white background!

  9. wrote on September 7th, 2016 at 4:22 pm


    Hi Darlene,
    Both cards are beautiful but to my eye the black background really
    Seems to make the tree POP more.
    The effect of stained glass on the white card is lovely too
    I’d be happy to receive either.

  10. wrote on September 7th, 2016 at 4:25 pm


    Love them both. The starry night is lovely, but the snowfall background is as well. The trees are beautiful. Great video. You are the best!

  11. wrote on September 7th, 2016 at 5:32 pm


    Like both very much! You always have a creative twist that is helpful! Gotta get on those Christmas cards!!! Julie

  12. wrote on September 7th, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    Carol Mac

    I like both versions, but like the black one a tiny bit more! Hope everyone in Canada had a nice holiday weekend too! ?

  13. wrote on September 8th, 2016 at 3:14 am

    Anna D.

    I really like both. Your videos are always so nice.

  14. wrote on September 8th, 2016 at 11:59 am


    I love how you made the snow on your black card…great tips!

    Thanks, Darlene!

  15. wrote on September 8th, 2016 at 6:51 pm


    Loved both….need to get that tree stamp set

  16. wrote on September 8th, 2016 at 11:32 pm


    When I saw the cards before watching the video I really wasn’t sure if I liked them but having watched the video I really do like both of them. If I really had to make a choice I think I would go with the black one. Thanks again Darlene for yet another great video. I am rather intrigued that you refer to the cards as Holiday Cards. Is that a new thing or has that always been in America. We in Australia always call them Christmas Cards. Just curious!!!! When we lived in Saudi Arabia they referred to them as Holiday Cards.

    • wrote on September 9th, 2016 at 8:05 am


      I think it’s just a politically correct thing to do nowadays. But maybe Darlene can enlighten us further. Holiday cards in Saudi Arabia makes sense being a non-Christian country and all.

    • wrote on September 9th, 2016 at 8:59 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Yes, it’s about being sensitive to everyone’s beliefs. We refer to it as the “holiday season”, since there are several different religions that have holidays during this time, not just Christianity. For example, I have several Jewish friends, who I would not send a Christmas card to – I would send a more generic holiday card. Although we aren’t celebrating the same holiday, we’re still celebrating a holiday. In fact, at my daughter’s non-denominational school, we are not allowed to use Christmas trees, Santa, or anything remotely Christian during the season. They call it a “winter party” and we typically use snowflakes for decoration. I guess just trying to keep everyone happy.

      • wrote on September 9th, 2016 at 7:16 pm


        Thank you Darlene for your well expressed reply. Don’t get me wrong I don’t object to it, it was just purely curiosity!!!

  17. wrote on September 16th, 2016 at 1:13 am


    I can appreciate being politically correct, etc., but I believe you should observe the “holiday of choice” during the season. When I say Merry Christmas, it is certainly not to hurt anyone’s feelings, but feel I am entitled to celebrate however I see fit for myself! I, on the other hand, feel that all people should respond in-kind with whatever seasonal greeting they feel comfortable with!!! Merry Christmas!!!

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