Saturday, November 07, 2009

Christmas Card #2

I really am happy I bought the coordinating punch for that StampinUp! Delightful Decorations. Isn't that ornament such a pretty shape? Makes me think of all the old fashioned ornaments kwim?
Ok so I was fooling around with ideas and grabbed a piece of cardstock I'd stamped in Versamark with a SU! Canvas stamp - just for the color of the cardstock mind you. I wanted a green background. I pulled out my SU! Peaceful Wishes set and used the stamp - its a piece of evergreen - and stamped with more Versamark but this time I threw on some clear embossing powder. That canvas background had been stamped in Versamark perhaps a week prior - who knew it would still have a little sticking power! I had to play with scraping the EP off a few times and reapply - finally I decided to go for it- and I used the heat gun. Some of the canvas embossed but you know I kinda like it - little more texture and not too distracting. Serendipity! I was feeling a little stupid when I tried to emboss on top of THAT with the sentiment in silver EP- this did not work - don't try it kids :-) But I'm still in that MAKE DO mode so I cut off that portion (at the bottom) and stamped the sentiment on the red background as you see here.
Next - the ornament. I'd already punched out the ornament from a scrap of red cardstock (that had been embossed with the Cuttlebug ep folder - Swiss Dots). I didn't like the top part of the ornament in red - I wanted it to look like the real deal. I found some of that Making Memories sheet metal in my "collection" and used the punch again - voila - metal topper. And I found some wire and made my own hanger. (if you click on the pic you'll see what I'm talking about - little metal section at the top of the ornament with a wire hanger).
I may make a few of these cards. I swear the only hard part was tying that wee bow and getting it on there


michelle cook infantino said...

too cute! like the metal a lot.

lauren said...

two words for this gorgeous card: BRILL. YINT. seriously! WOWZA--the background is awwwwwwwesome, i had no idea the "extra" embossing WAS extra...i assumed it was a "distressy" stamp or paper; the dressing of the ornament die is perfection, the embossing being on a separate panel is arguably more distinctive anyway. LOVE. IT. (a LOT!)

ps: i love the concept of "make do, keep going" instead of re-doing "mistakes"; you don't necessarily get what you were TRYING FOR...but often the result is something i'd've never ever even thought of!) (in a GOOD way i mean!

pss: kettle is on, couch cushions are fluffed up, seat under brightest lamp is reserved, muffin deliveryman is on standby, daniel craig movies are cued up: BRING ON THE HEMMING!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Sue McGettigan said...

LOVE the little metal cap on the ornament, the teeny wire hanger, the PERFECT bow, and the double embossing - what a cool background! Great card (now make 100 :)

June Houck said...

I love that punch; I probably should order it from Sue on Wednesday...

So pretty, T!

Babsarella said...

So many terrific ideas. Love everything about elegant and perfect. Great idea with using the embossed paper for the ornament. Love the great background. You are totally rockin these cards!!