Monday, October 3, 2016

Turquoise & Lilac

The ladies over at the Less is More Challenge were so very kind about their comments last week and had asked for me to play again this week. They loved my project, but in their case, Clean and Simple also refers to the background and mine was definitely too busy.  Some challenges don't mind the designer paper, but in their case they do, so I wanted to make sure my elements fit with the clean and simple theme.

I stamped two of the "What the Doodle: Ornament" onto Watercolor Paper using Versamark and heat embossed them with Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold Embossing Powder.  I cut them out with the coordinating dies and used reinkers to paint the color in.  Once that was dry, I went back over with a bit of Perfect Pearls and a touch of water in Turquoise and Berry Twist (a NLA color) to add the shimmer to them. The Turquoise was a perfect match to my ink color but the Berry Twist Perfect Pearls are a significantly deeper color of purple than the original Lilac color that I used.  The challenge called for Turquoise and Lilac together on a card.

For my background, I did a light layer of ink blending on the center of a Watercolor Paper Panel using Hawaiian Shores Ink very lightly with a Mini Round Ink Blending Tool then misted it with Iridescent Gold Shimmer Spritz. Once that was dry, I stamped the Holiday Greens Pine Branch Border using Pine Feather Ink.  Lastly, I added my sentiment from the Mama Elephant Jingle Greetings Stamp Set in Versamark and heat embossed in the same Antique Gold Embossing Powder from Simon Says Stamp.

I assembled my ornaments onto the background panel using some Gold Thread put through the loop and then taped down on the back side of the panel and Thin 3D Foam Squares on the front side for just the smallest hint of dimension.  The panel was adhered to a top folding Blackberry Bliss A2 Card Base using my ATG.  I have kind of a duddy roll of adhesive on there right now, but it's almost gone so I'm just trying to inch through it before I put a new roll on.  I've had a few of these and I'm going to have to pay closer attention to how I store them in the future.  Long after I had gotten mine someone on a forum was saying how you can't store them vertically.  OOPS!  So I changed all mine, but I think the damage was already done.

This is the first Christmas Card I've made this year.  I have many more in my head and "'tis the season" to get moving on those so you'll be seeing many more in the next couple of months.  Have a great Monday and thanks so much for stopping by!


  1. Delightful make, isn't it surprising how many of us turn our craft focus to Christmas cards around this time of year?


  2. This is absolutely stunning, such a beautiful card with those intricate ornaments against that soft, shimmery background. Lovely to see you back with us again - thanks so much for playing along at Less is More :)

  3. This is simply stunning Vicki! I will have to make a point to do some gold embossing powder with the what the doodle ornaments when I get them. I wonder if I stamped to and from on the back of just the ornaments if they could be used for gift tags? Anyway, thank for the lovely inspiration! Oh and I have been using an ATG for years but didn't realize you couldn't store the tape vertically. I'd better go check mine..thanks!

  4. These elegant tree decorations look stunning, Vicki - I am glad that our challenge got you started with your Christmas card Making! Great to see you at Less is More this week :)

  5. What beautiful ornaments, with fabulous textures.... it's SO good to see you back with us at LIM... making a head start on Christmas too!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  6. So glad you decided to join us again this week! Your card is fabulous. Those wonderful ornaments look like beautiful jewels set into golden wire work and the fir branch is a terrific finishing touch. Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Less is More. xx


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