Monday, September 27, 2010

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It's official.  I am in a Christmas card-making mood!  I am usually among the loudest complainers about the appearance of holiday merchandise before Labor Day but when it comes to hand-crafted goodies you can't start too early!  This card was inspired by Stacey's sophisticated color combination at this week's Curtain Call Color Challenge.  She always chooses beautiful color combinations that inspire me.  This week's colors are Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, Basic Black, Very Vanilla and Real Red.  So rich and elegant.  

The basis for my card is from a new challenge blog by the ever-so-talented Iwona "Chupa" Palamountain called A Case Study.  It's such a cool idea.  Each challenge features the work of a guest "muse" and participants submit their projects inspired by elements of the muse's creations.  This month features the work of Mariana Grigsby who inspired me with the layout of this stunning card.  I love the simple elegance of Mariana's card and strived to replicate that in my own version.


I started with some Sahara Sand cardstock that I ran through the Big Shot with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder.  Before running it through, I brayered Soft Suede ink directly on the embossing folder so that it colored the de-bossed areas of my cardstock.  I love this technique as it really highlights the beautiful embossed details.


Using the Bird w/Leaves & Flowers die, I cut my holiday cardinal from Cherry Cobbler cardstock and sponged the edges with the coordinating ink to really make it pop off the main panel.  I added a single black jewel (lifted from the Black Flourish jewels) for his eye and gave him a few Basic Black branches, from the Two-Step Bird punch, on which to land. 


I love the large sentiment Mariana used in the inspiration card but with my bird perched on the strip of Very Vanilla cardstock, there wasn't room for such a stunning sentiment.  I opted instead for the mixed-font message from Contempo Christmas in Soft Suede.  It is backed with a snowflake from Berry Christmas that was also inked in Sahara Sand and stamped off once.  I thought this snowflake was a similar shape to the middle of the embossed element.  And of course, it just isn't a holiday card without some Dazzling Diamonds on that snowflake!  ;-)


Thanks for stopping by today.  I appreciate all your kind words and comments--they keep me going!  I hope you have a great day...cheers!


supplies: 
stamps: contempo christmas; berry christmas
ink: soft suede
paper: sahara sand, very vanilla, basic black, cherry cobbler CS
xtras: vintage wallpaper embossing folder; dazzling diamonds; bird w/leaves & flower sizzix die; two-step bird punch; black flourish jewels

24 comments:

Anne Marie said...

All I can say is WOW!! This is just gorgeous! Love the technique with the brayer on the embossing folder, such a great effect. :)

Iwona Palamountain (Chupa) said...

Wowzers, this is ingenious, Nance!!
I LOOOVE these colours, the clever embossing technique, and that birdie is just THE best!! Thanks so much for playing with us this week! :D

Jean Martin said...

Oh my goodness! This is GORGEOUS!!! Looks like a winner to me! Wonderful use of colors Nance! Thanks for joining us at Curtain Call!

Josie said...

Ah... this is so gorgeous... I LOVE the colour and embossing loads... i don't have any embossing tools but your creation really stands out with the embossing, makes me feel like getting one too...

Marion said...

Wow...your card is beautiful. Very striking and so elegant.

Diane - Rubber 'n Rafters said...

Nance this is just stunning. Your bird perched on wintery day is against the brayered BG is So elegant looking. Love the black jewel eye, and touch of bling on the snowflake. Good luck in your challenge as this is truely a winner.

Keva said...

This is so pretty! I love what you did with the vintage wallpaper impression..it's very elegant.

Nancy said...

What can I add...another "stunner", absolutely great use of the colors!

Christina said...

This is complete gorgeousness! That impressed bg is to die for! Love the way you inked it up first to really highlight the pattern. The bird makes a stunning focal point, but what I love most is the sparkly watermark image behind the sentiment. Brilliant!

Lynn said...

WOWZA this is Gorgeous Girl!!! I love the brayered embossing, the bird, the glittery snowflake, all of it is very sharp looking!

Marisa said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!!Great use of this week's colours!

Stacey Schafer said...

GORGEOUS, Nance! thanks for playing the Curtain Call!

Renée said...

oh wow! this is stunning!

Renée M-B. said...

This is beautiful.

Amy said...

Oh my....what a beauty! I love your background "wallpaper"....that technique is fabulous! Congrats on Top 3 at CASE Study!!!

Romaine said...

This really is scrumptious! LOVE the background!

Monika/Buzsy said...

This is gorgeous! Love the background! Great use of the colors. Thank you for playing along with us at Curtian Call. :o)

Christina said...

Congrats on being featured at CASE Study! Well deserved!

Linda Callahan said...

Beautiful embossing! Beautiful bird! And a sparkling snowflake??? Be still my heart!

Silke Ledlow said...

So striking and beautiful Nance!!! Perfect use of the Curtain Call colors...thanks for joining us!!! Hugs ~S~

LeAnne said...

Gorgeous card, Nance! I have been remiss in visiting you lately....gearing up for babysitting mode. I don't recognize that bird die....is it a SU product? The whole creation is stunning!

Noelle said...

This is gorgeous!! I love the whole thing, but I'm going to have to try that embossing technique! SO cool:)

stampingminnie said...

Thank you so much for sharing this lovely card. I have seen the embossed background before but was puzzled how to get that background inked. This is certainly a WOW technique. Thank You!!

Jocelyn aka JoBear2 said...

Wow - this is absolutely gorgeous!! Love how you highlighted the embossed background and the sentiment. Wow again!!