Sunday, November 28, 2010

Embossed & Dashing for the Paper Players {26}

Happy Sunday everyone!  I hope all my US friends enjoyed the holiday weekend, I sure did!  It was nice to have a leisurely time making my card for this week's Paper Players {26} challenge.  Usually it's a mad rush to the deadline!  This week is Jaydee's Paper Players Plus challenge and she's calling for wet embossing.  Such fun--I love how embossing creates a sharp and glossy image.  For this one, I turned to a much-neglected holiday favorite from 2009.  Sweet Dasher has yet to see ink this holiday season so I thought he was due for a turn at my craft table.

Isn't he handsome?  He looks wonderful emobssed in Night of Navy.  First, I cut a 3" circle with my Nestabilities and stamped the long row of bare trees from Lovely as a Tree in Bashful Blue.  

Next, I overstamped Dasher by inking him first in Versamark, then Night of Navy and sprinkled with clear embossing powder and heat set.  I love this technique which allows me to emboss in any ink color.  Versamark + classic ink of choice + clear embossing powder and heat set = FAB results!  I also added a little Dazzling Diamonds to the snowy hills with a glue pen. 

Bashful Blue cardstock was embossed with the Northern Flurry impressions folder and sponged over with Frost White Shimmer Paint.  I applied the Shimmer Paint directly to the cardstock with a sponge and added a few basic rhinestones for even more sparkle!

 Whisper White organza ribbon is my go-to ribbon for holiday cards--it's elegant and shimmery all at once.  Of course, my other go-to this season is the Silver Tinsel trim I tied onto the knot.  A little bit of tinsel goes a long way but adds such a fun element!

On the inside, I stamped Lovely as a Tree again in Bashful Blue and overstamped a sentiment from Occasional Quotes (hostess level 2) in Night of Navy.  I just love this sentiment, it's the perfect match for the serene, frosty mood I was going for.  Of course, the inside needed a bit of "frost" too so a few more strokes of the glue pen and a sprinkling of Dazzling Diamonds was in order.

Won't you join us for a embossing challenge?  Head on over to The Paper Players this week to check out the rest of the Design Team's creations--you're sure to find a lot of inspiration when you do!  To play along just link up your creation by midnight (PST) Friday, December 3rd to be in the running for "A Cut Above" and "Headliner".  The winners will be featured on The Paper Players blog Saturday, December 4th.  Come join us, we can't wait to see what you'll create!
stamps: dasher; lovely as a tree; contempo christmas; occasional quotes
ink: bashful blue, night of navy, versamark
paper: night of navy, bashful blue, whisper white CS
xtras: northern flurry impressions folder; whisper white organza ribbon; silver tinsel trim; dazzling diamonds; frost white shimmer paint; basic rhinestones, clear embossing powder


Marisa said...

Gorgeous card, Nance!! Love the trees in the BG and the snowflake EF in the BG.

Christina said...

Simply fabulous! This has the perfect combination of elements to create a lovely little scene. I love the wintry colors you chose and all of the added sparkle!

Nancy said...

Dasher is such a sweetie isn't he and you certainly did him proud on this card. The colors are so serene and love the trees in the background. Gotta go and find some of that tinsel it's such a holiday touch! Very elegant Christmas card!

Ann Schach said...

Oh, Nance! This is just so elegant and classy! I love it!

jjcreations said...

Gorgeous card Nance - inside and out. So wonderfully festive and glittery. I love how you've put Dasher in amongst the trees. Perfect!!!!

Linda Callahan said...

Sparkle, shimmer, bling, tinsel, embossing and dazzling diamonds......oh that Dasher is steppin' out in style! Love it inside and out!

Anne Marie Hile said...

Nance, this is absolutely gorgeous! I love that tip about Versa-mark and classic ink, too! All the sparkle on the outside is stunning (especially that tinsel!) and the elegant inside make it a perfect holiday card. You have inspired me to "dig-out" Dasher, too! Just beautiful! :)

jaydee said...

Nance, this is gorgeous. You really have inspired me to get out my Dasher again. He has been very neglected this year. I love the way you put him in front of the tree image. All the bling.... wonderful :-)

Diane - said...

Nance I love Dasher and never tire of him. This is so pretty in the light blue tone and I especially like him against the snowflake emboss folder.
PS: You mom and I got that tinsel last night!

Julie Gearinger said...

Dasher sure is handsome in the the navy against those trees! Great job on this challenge and thank you for all of the wonderful ideas!