The one really super thing about this style of cards is that they are super quick and easy. The embossing takes longer than anything and since I got some different gold embossing powder, that isn't taking too much time to melt. I do think I am going to invest in the small cube of Versamark because it would be much easier to maneuver that than the large pad I am currently using to finish the edges of my card.
The backgrounds that have been blended in on these photos were done using 2 different colors of brown ink. The top one with the red, green and blue gifts was done using Chocolate Chip Ink from Stampin' Up. That's a color they don't make anymore and my ink pad is one of only two of the old style pads that are felt vs. high density foam. I've replaced all the other ones. While I prefer the more reddish brown of this color I don't think the embossing powder is a good match. This embossing powder is Ranger Ultra Fine Detail Gold. I don't know if there is something out there that is a better match but I don't really think so. It is probably not a big deal at this point in time.
The next card was inked up using Tip Top Taupe and the ink blending works really well with the gold embossing powder in this case. This is my husband's favorite of the three cards. I used the same embossing powder on the edges and for the presents for both cards. I used a combination of Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens and one Distress Marker in Festive Berries. It is very hard to get a red that feels like a dark enough shade so my initial attempts with Zig's Carmine Red was unsuccessful. I so appreciate the color intensity of the Distress Markers. I haven't been disappointed in one of them yet.
Thanks for stopping by! I am on to my next project as soon as I figure out what that is.