Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Pierced frames are a quick and easy way to add interest to a card. To create the frame for this image, I just cut a scrap piece of paper to the size I wanted, then used a corner rounder on the edges to create an interesting shape. Use low-tack tape to hold it in place and pierce around it.
Olive green and red is a little twist to the traditional Christmas colors, making them look a little more contemporary and fun. Red and green are complementary colors, or opposites, so this is being entered in 365 Cards challenge #285, to use "opposite colors."
The tree is a die-cut sticker. Actually, there were three slightly different versions of the tree on the sheet of stickers, so I made three versions of this card, because I think it's fun.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
This card is based on this weeks sketch for 365 Cards, #284.
The ornament is an extra from a previous card I made. I silver-embossed the sentiment and cut it out with nesties. (My standard "Merry Christmas" stamp was an old cheapie. It wasn't stamping properly and I thought it was warped so I decided to unmount it. It literally cracked and fell apart while I was trying to get it off. I guess the rubber had dried out. That has NEVER happened to me before, and now I have to head out to find another one).
I used the textile embossing folder to give the background a little dimension and a pattered ribbon to add a little more color.
Monday, December 10, 2012
What’s Christmas without traditions? Well, it’s the premise behind a lot of card challenges, for one thing. Black and white is certainly not a traditional Christmas color scheme, so I think this card is non-traditional in anyone’s book.
The ornaments (both from Stampabilities) were silver-embossed on black paper, then cut out. They are “hung” from tinsel cord and popped up. The sentiment is also silver-embossed.
I’m entering the card for three challenges:
52 Christmas Card challenge to use Black, White and Metallic as colors.
CAS-ual Fridays CFC81 to make a card incorporating Knots.
Victorine Originals #49 to make a Christmas card with non-traditional colors.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
The tree is embossed with a glittery white EP called Winter Wonderland. It looks quite glittery in real life.
I used a scrap of the paint-splattered paper to make a tiny tag for my sentiment, and a scrap of embroidery thread
The card is for 365 Card challenge #279, to use gingham. I think the gingham ribbon goes will with the casual look of the paint splatters.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Sure enough, those trees are proving handy to have around as I make Christmas cards. This one fit perfectly into this week's sketch at 365 cards #277.
There's something about the trees I made that makes them look a little Seussical. I think they'd be perfect for Cindy-Lou Who, don't you? (Actually, I suspect they would also look quite elegant if done in an embossed white, and I need to try that). I happen to have a pad of Christmas dp someone gave me that also has that sort of Seussical feel to it. Personally, I like my Christmas stuff traditional, so I've been struggling to use this paper in ways I can live with. I think the little Whoville tree card with the whimsical circles and squares on the dp actually works pretty well together.
Sunday, December 2, 2012
I tried a new technique on this -- adding glitter to an embossed piece (just spread it on with a brayer). I must say, it really adds a snow-like sparkle, although I'm afraid it might not show up very well in the photo.
This card is going into several challenges:
There's Magic in the Air -- Sparkle and Glitter
Victorine Originals #48 -- Blue and White
365 Cards #272 -- Wintery with patterned ribbon.
The cute snowman is from Impression-Obsesson. The snowy DP is from Hobby Lobby, I got it last year after using up the pieces I bought the year before. I hope they still have it as I love both the color and the print.