Friday, January 13, 2017

Birch Winter Greetings

Hello and welcome back!  Today I have two cards to share with you, both of which used the sketch from the current Fusion Card Challenge (celebrating their 3rd anniversary!), and the first one also uses the color inspiration from Sunday Stamps. 

The process for both cards was very similar and I used the same die on them both as well.  For this first card, I started with a panel of Strathmore Mixed Media paper and blended four colors of Stampin' Up ink that I thought matched fairly well with the color challenge at Sunday Stamps.  I started at the top with Peekaboo Peach, then below that added some Wisteria Wonder.  Next was Sweet Sugarplum and at the bottom some Rich Razzleberry.  I love how it turned out except I think I blended a little too much peach into the wisteria so it doesn't stand out as well.

While I was working on the blended panel, I let dry a piece of white card stock that was sprayed with a shimmer spray to add some wintery sparkle as you see in both challenge pictures.  After the shimmer panel was dry and my sponged panel took its turn drying, I die cut it with the new Birch Column die from Simon Says Stamp.  LOVE this and look forward to playing with it more.  When the sponged panel was dried, I adhered the die cut panel on top.  I thought about popping it up on foam tape, but was dissuaded by the idea of all the little tiny pieces I'd have to cut and adhere to the trees and limbs when I really didn't have the time at that moment.

Next I used Hero Arts Gold embossing powder for the sentiment from Altenew on vellum, attached by wrapping one end around the left side of the panel, then hiding my adhesive under the letters.  The final touch was adding the snowflakes and gold enamel dots around the card, then mounting on a card base of Sweet Sugarplum card stock.

For the next card, which is only for the Fusion challenge, I similarly blended inks on a panel of Mixed Media paper, only this time using Dapper Denim and Melon Mambo, which created a lovely purple when I overlapped the colors in the middle.  The die cut panel here is out of Neenah Solar White card stock and after adhering to the sponged panel I took a gel pen and created small snow flakes in between the trees.

The sentiment is from a long retired SU Hostess stamp set where I used stamping surgery to separate the Just for You from the remainder of the greeting.  After heat embossing on Dapper Denim card stock, it was cut out with a SU Stitched Shape Framelit and added to the panel along with some sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.  I used foam tape to pop it all up on a Dapper Denim card base.

So great you came by!  As always, your visit and comments are so appreciated!  I've added links above to both challenges, so be sure to head over there and enjoy all the amazing inspiration!


Product details
Card 1
Stamps:  Painted Greetings
Paper:  Whisper White, Sweet Sugarplum, Strathmore Mixed Media, Vellum
Ink:  Versamark, Peekaboo Peach, Wisteria Wonder, Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry
Other:  Hero Arts Gold ep, Birch Column Wafer Die (SSS), Frosted Sequins (retired SU),
Metallic Enamel Shapes, Tattered Angels Pearl Glimmer Mist, Tim Holtz Mini Blending Tool

Card 2
Stamps:  Afterthoughts
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Dapper Denim, Strathmore Mixed Media
Ink:  Dapper Denim, Melon Mambo, Versamark
Other:  Hero Arts White ep, Stitched Shape Framelit (SU), Birch Column Wafer Die (SSS), Tim Holtz Mini Blending Tool, Sparkling Clear and Sweet Pea Mix Pretty Pink Posh Sequins, White Gel Pen, Clear Wink of Stella


Leena Girsa said...

What a GORGEOUS pair of cards! I so love the way you layered the die-cut panels over the embossed trees. It give that embossing folder a completely different look. Your sponged colour is simply beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Sunday Stamps this week.

Karren said...

Such gorgeous cards! The blended ink behind that birch tree die looks fabulous and the sentiment just pops off the card! Thanks so much for joining us at Fusion.

Lisa said...

You did a beautiful job on both cards, I just love the blending of colors and the die you used!

Thanks for playing along with us at Sunday Stamps!

Deni(se) said...

Both of these are stunning. Love the idea!

Michelle said...

Wow..... two beautiful cards with a-mazing color and shimmer. A lovely addition to the Fusion gallery! Thanks for playing along!