Friday, December 2, 2016
CAS on Sunday & Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
I've got a card today for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with an "Anything Goes" theme for this week as well as the CAS on Sunday Challenge with a "Christmas" theme.
Sometimes, in the everyday business of creating, we forget all of the tools we have at our disposal. I know that my embossing folders sit in a basket on the shelf in my closet (behind closed doors usually) and I tend to forget they are there. I need to remember to bring them out more often as it is a really quick way to add texture and dimension to a project without a lot of fuss or mess. Some of the newer embossing folders are 3D although I still use both kinds.
I'm making a few cards for a friend's family and I wanted to make a really special one for her parents' card. I know her mom loves purple and I wanted to use the Spellbinders Poinsettia Dies to make their card. I originally did some ink blending on watercolor paper using Seedless Preserves Distress Ink but when I went to add the angled band across the front, I didn't like it that the papers weren't the same, so I cut another poinsettia in this gorgeous thistle colored shimmering cardstock. This paper is some I got several years at a scrapbook store in Whitesboro, TX. I love this particular shade of purple so I've been hoarding what I have left but it was the perfect paper for the card I was creating today. And while I tried several different colors of card bases, I didn't really like any of them except the white. I needed to add some visual interest to the card base so I reached for my neglected embossing folders. This particular one is the We R Memory Keepers Next Level Gemstone Embossing Folder. I love the different facets or planes this folder creates on my plain white cardstock. These come two to a package with two different designs and are 6 x 6 so that you can run your card bases either direction which is always fantastic for me because I make so many top folding vertical cards.
I added shimmer mist to the green cardstock for the leaves so everything would be shimmery. The poinsettia dies cut four layers so you just have to adhere one on top of the other and finish off the center with the embellishment of your choosing. Pearls are always a classic choice for me. To give a little bit of dimension, I cut Thin 3D Foam Squares in half and put that just under the tips of the petals on the largest layer. I used Ranger Multi Medium Matte to adhere the center of the poinsettia to the card base. Additionally, I added one of the Thin 3D Foam Squares under each tip of the leaves and a drop of Multi Medium Matte at the center where I tucked the leaves in under the bloom.
Next I cut a piece of Gold Glitter Paper 1.5 inches wide and then another piece of the purple shimmer paper 1.25 inches wide so that just a narrow border of the gold glitter would show on each side of the band. I stamped the sentiment from the Concord & 9th Holy Night Stamp Set. I attached the band to the card on a diagonal using 1/4" ScorTape.
This turned out to be one of my favorite Christmas cards I've made this year. The detail of the white card base might not be very visible in this photograph, but it is definitely there when you see it in person. Thanks so much for stopping by today! I'll be back soon with another card.