What do you get when you mix a festive flurry with a pool party ?…

Hi and welcome to my blog. Asha, our hostess at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown this month, has set us a wonderful colour challenge this week. I took the Festive Flurry stamp set from Stampin’ Up, and used pool party embossing powder to heat emboss snowflakes over basic black cardstock …


I don’t often use black for Christmas cards – in fact, I can’t ever remember using it before – so this was a new colour scheme to me, and I was a little out of my comfort zone. My usual go to colours are very traditional but I loved how the pool party embossing powder looked against the basic black cardstock ..


I added a bow of whisper white organza ribbon to soften the card a little, and popped a silver-backed, large, adhesive rhinestone to the centre…


I adhered the bow to the card with a dimensional to ensure it stayed put. This also helped to raise the bow up a little …


I was pleasantly surprised at how pretty the card looked when it was finished, so I think I may give black another try…

Now it’s time to see what the rest of the Design Team have been making for you. We do hope you will join us and show us your wonderful creations.

Want to make this blog colours

cardstock: whisper white, basic black;

stamp set: festive flurry, more merry messages;

inks: versamark;

accessories: pool party embossing powder, heat tool, dimensionals, adhesive rhinestones, whisper white organza ribbon, stamp-a-majig;

All supplies from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise stated. 

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11 Comments to “What do you get when you mix a festive flurry with a pool party ?…”

  1. WOW Gill! That blue snowflakes are absolutely stunning against the black background. Nice job creating the pattern – looks so professional! Hugs D

  2. Really stunning card! I love the use of pool party and black for xmas – unique! Love Kate Simson

  3. What a great combo, I love it! C x

  4. très élégante Gill, ce bleu est si bien mis en relief sur le noir et lui donne un effet givré très réussi, biz

  5. This is so elegant – love how that embossing powder looks against the black – Jacqueline xx

  6. Absolutely gorgeous Gill, I know I now want to add some Pool Party EP to my stash! The embossed snowflakes stand out beautifully against the black and the organza bow is such an elegant accent! A really stunning, striking card – you absolutely nailed it despite not having used black on a Christmas card before – you definitely should try black again!

    Have a great week! Ruth x

  7. It’s a gorgeous card, so elegant.

  8. Wow!!! This is absolutely stunning. The soft Pool Party snowflakes really pop on the black card and I love the ribbon and gem. Truly elegant!!!

  9. The pale blue with the black is a bit unexpected color combo, but they look terrific together! The simplicity of the main panel – with the one snowflake and the sentiment – is the perfect contrast against the more decorated back panel. The soft bow with the rhinestone is a wonderful finishing touch to this fantastic card.

  10. That black really brings out the best in the blue. What an elegant card, Gill. You quite rightly should be proud of this card. It’s gorgeous! That snowflake is stunning!
    hugs, Asha

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