Friday, December 5, 2014

Festive Wishes

 I'm trying to be better about posting and sharing here, sweet little neglected blog.  I make the cards, I just don't take the time to post, like I should. 

So, maybe this is the time I turn over a new leaf?  :o) 

Looking at all the cards I've made the past few days (when Lissie's here we make cards like dervishes) I realized that this year seems to be my year of silver and blue and white (oh, and pops of red and green) Christmas cards. 

I loved the little card I posted a couple of days ago so much I had to have another go at making it, this time pairing it with "Endless Wishes".

I sponged in some Smoky Slate ink and added snowflakes, stamping off and then stamping them.  I removed the frame, used ye olde embossing buddy on the left hand side and stamped the tree using silver Encore Ink.  I'm an absolute dunce when it comes to craft ink, always forgetting I've stamped and set the card aside to dry and I ultimately end up smearing the ink everywhere.  UGH!!

To save me from myself, I sprinkled the ink with an iridescent ice embossing powder and heat set it.  Then, I added the sentiment, (thank you, Stamp-A-Majig!) making sure to leave room for the little cardinal.  Real Red ink...that's another one I have trouble keeping off my fingers and hands and white space...:oP 

May I go off-topic just a moment and gush about just how much I'm LOOOOVING Smoky Slate this season?  It's the perfect grey for a snowy wintery sky.  :o)

And, here's the frame I used to mask my area.  I cut a piece of card stock to 4.25"x5.5".  I then cut a piece 2.5"x3.75" and centered it on my larger piece.  (I'm very comfortable just eyeballing some things, such as this) and traced around it.  I then cut out the center using my paper trimmer.  Perfect! 

More and more lately I've found my style and tending towards simpler, more CAS cards.  In fact, I find myself more often than not making one layer cards.  Those can sometimes be tricky to make, especially if you need something to anchor your image.  Hello, sponging!  As an added bonus to these holiday cards I'm making, the sponging makes it look like a snowy sky.  Delightful! :o)

This card uses:

*Stamp Sets: Endless Wishes, Four the Holidays, Festival of Trees
*Inks: Smoky Slate, Encore Silver, Garden Green, Real Red
*Paper: PTI white
*Accessories: embossing powder, heat tool

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