Sunday, November 14, 2010

A Color Challenge for Paper Players: {PP24}

Hi there friends!  I hope you're having a great weekend.  The Paper Players have a lovely holiday color combo for you this week.  Feel free to use any neutral--these colors are so rich and lush that they look beautiful with almost anything!  I kept my card pretty simple and just let the colors and paper do the work for me:

I used the emerging color technique to achieve this effect.  I stamped the Medallion onto my designer paper with Versamark ink and heat set with clear stampin' emboss powder.  It can be difficult to see the clear image on the patterned paper but if you tilt it toward the light you can see it all.  Next, I brayered Cherry Cobbler ink all over the paper repeating many times to achieve a deep saturated color.  The last step is the fun part when the color underneath emerges through the stamp!  With a baby wipe, rub off the brayered ink from your embossed image to reveal the beautiful pattern of your paper in the shape of the medallion. 
Here's a close-up so you can see the rich color created by the brayer and the clear embossed image.  Pretty isn't it?   I created a little dimension with a second layer of the embossed image in the center.  

I repeated the process on a small piece of designer paper just big enough for the center of the Medallion.  I punched it out with the 1 3/4" circle punch and popped it up on dimensionals.  Or as my stamp gals call them, "risers"!!  Of course, I had to add a little somethin' to the center so a medley of various sized basic pearls made an elegant centerpiece.  I thought the front was pretty enough without a sentiment so I let the inside do the talking:

I can't seem to put down the Seasonal Sentiments stamp!  I love the mixed font, the message and the dramatic size.  A strip of the matching designer paper used on the front plus a Cherry Cobbler scallop trim border finished it off nicely.  These colors are perfect for holiday cards and with Christmas only 39 days away, you need a holiday card!  ;-)  I hope you will join us at The Paper Players this week.  We can't wait to visit you!

stamps: medallion; seasonal sentiments
ink: versamark, always artichoke, cherry cobbler
paper: always artichoke, cherry cobbler, very vanilla CS; bella bleu DSP [retired]
xtras: always artichoke seam binding ribbon; scallop trim border & 1 3/4" circle punches; clear stampin' emboss powder; basic pearls; brayer.


Christina said...

Simply WOW, Nance! Your techniques always blow me away, and this is no exception! The medallion is stunning, and I'm sure this card is even more amazing in person. LOVE it!

Linda Callahan said...

Oh that revealing technique is fabulous.....this is so rich, regal and royal!

LeAnne said...

I believe I am going to have to try this myself---each time you do it, I am "wowed" all over again!

Ann Schach said...

Fabulous technique...gorgeous card! Love it!

Texas JennyWren said...

Wow, I never would have thought to try this until I see how beautiful it is when you do it!! Now I might give it a try... Thanks for sharing!!

Anne Marie said...

I love this gorgeous technique, Nance. It is so perfect with the Medallion stamp. That pearl "medley" in the center is fabulous! So classic and elegant! :)

Always Playing with Paper said...

This is cool Nance! I must try it! I have my club on Wednesday and think I will give it a go with them!!!

Diane - Rubber 'n Rafters said...

Nance this is so spectacular. I have only tried this technique one other time, but on a much smaller scale. I really love how you popped the center of the medallion, and the cluster of pearls is my favorite element. So pretty.

Marisa said...

Gorgeous card, Nance! Love the medallion and you aced the technique!

Joan said...

This is so STUNNING!!!!!! I have tried this technique - I bombed!!! I've got to try it again. I just got the package of neutral DSP which I LOVE, so I'm thinking that may be helpful to me. You are an absolute inspiration!!!! Love that cluster of pearls in the middle too!!