Traditional vs Not-so-Traditional Christmas Cards

Not so traditional cards

Hi All and welcome to Renee’s Corner where you will find a lot of CAS (Clean and Simple ) cards. Today’s post is about Traditional vs not-so-traditional Christmas Cards.

  • Type of project: Card making
  • Occasion: Christmas
  • Style: Clean and Simple (CAS)
  • Techniques used: Multi Card fold, paper piecing, dry embossing, fussy cutting, die-cutting
  • Decoration: Gold foil
  • Main colour:Pink, green, blue and red
  • Medium used: Markers
  • Equipment used: Sizzix Big shot


What would you consider to be a traditional Christmas card?

Non traditional Christmas Card

Traditional cards are usually in the following colours…. red, white, green and blue or may have Christmas elements like Cardinals, Santa, Elf, Reindeer, Wreaths, Holly and the Ivy or Mistletoe. Today’s card includes pink and brown elements which are not your normal Christmas colours. The inspiration for this idea came from some Christmas ornaments I saw at a lady’s home I visited. It was decorated in beautiful rose gold..

I wanted this card to have subtle hints of pink in the background ….just enough to be different but not too….  ‘in your face’!

Pink could be the new Red

The background paper I chose for this project uses pink in its colour scheme.  Pink is not really a traditional Christmas colour  but I think it is so pretty. I used it as the base for the colour scheme in my card. Using copic markers , I tried to match the tones within the colour scheme of the background paper.

Constructing the outside of my not-so-traditional card
Front pieces of the card

I folded white card stock using the gate fold technique. Next I took two additional pieces of white card stock to be embossed with  a brick embossing folder… Then I cut strips and stuck each one on opposite sides of the opening. I embellished the pink, green, white and blue patterned paper with gold foil for maximum effect.

Would you like a surprise element

A surprise flap

I always love adding a bit of surprise on the inside of my cards …whether it be a traditional greeting, a message, an image only or an image with a message. This adds a bit of drama and flair to the project. For this project, I decorated the section with a coloured image by Buddly crafts  and a seasonal message. Did you notice that this section raises up to reveal the message for the intended recipient? Cool huh!

Let’s put it all together

Now that the different sections have received their imagery and paper construction, the card can now be fully constructed. Don’t you find the openings fascinating? I do…

Not so traditional cards

Hope you enjoyed this card construct and I would love for you to give it a try!