Thursday, September 26, 2019

September Rudolph Days

Hi everyone.  I'm entering this card into September's Rudolph Days over at Maureen's blog.  I've been playing along all year and it has helped me build my stash of Christmas cards.

The above card was an experiment.  It didn't turn out exactly as I had hoped, but it's pretty.

I received a few pieces of this gorgeous dry embossed image from my sweet friend, Bonnie.  This was ages ago.  I forgot I had them and came across them the other day.

I lightly ran my versamark over top, hoping to catch the highlights of the design, and then heat embossed in white.  It's a bit tricky using a stamp pad for this.  I should have tried my brayer - it might have worked better.

I cut a strip off one side and then smooshed with brushos.  I found that the colour seeped into the raised design as it wasn't heat embossed well enough to resist.  I ended up going over the design with a white gel pen.  It took a while. :)

Attached the two pieces of the snowflake to my card front and added a simple white heat embossed black banner for some contrast.

Close-up ...

Stamps:  Snowglobe sentiments (My Favorite Things)
Paper:  Mixed Media; Black (SU!)
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  White embossing powder, Brushos, heat tool

September's Rudolph Days


Dianne Johnson said...

I really love this Lol! When I first saw it, I thought "wow! How did she do that?" I know what you mean about something not going right, and when you have to fuss with it, you wonder if it's worth it, but really, this looks fabulous.

Liz said...

All your hard work has really paid off, what a stunning CAS card, Loll. xx

Nstiz said...

When I first saw your card I was thinking "how'd she do that?" This would never have occurred to me. It's original and creative and looks wonderful! You come up with some great techniques!

Bonnie said...

This is beautiful, Loll! I haven't done anything with that embossing folder myself. Thanks for the inspiration although I don't know that I have enough patience to go back over it with a gel pen. It was worth the effort though.

nancy littrell said...

That reminds me, Loll that I got a few of these large dry eb snowflakes from Bonnie too. Thank you for sharing your card and the inspiration. Hugs..Nancy

Susan said...

It's very pretty - love the shades of blue on one half and the all white on the other half. It was worth persevering even if it was time consuming to add the white gel pen.

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Join the rest of us on the same learning curve Loll. Brilliant work. Yes lots of effort but brilliant!
Thanks for being a blessing, and may God bless you too.
Hugs, Shaz in Oz.x

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Christine Alexander said...

Wow Loll, I love the two tone effect with the snowflake and can't wait to see this IRL :)

kiwimeskreations said...

A wonderful result Loll, even if it did take longer than you anticipated. That brusho background is amazing and adds just so much interest to the overall design

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Wow, I wish my experiments turned out so well Lol, this card is beautiful. Thanks for joining in with the Rudolph Days Challenge this month.
Sue DT x

Anita in France said...

your experiment worked brilliantly, Loll ... love the contrast of the bright colour with the subtle embossing alongside ... so pretty! Hugs, Anita :)

Jenny L said...

Hi Loll,
Happy Rudolf Days.
What a very wonderful card and that snowflake is gorgeous.
Beautiful design with the snippet of lovely coloured edge you must have created.
Thank you for joining the Rudolf Challenge.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. DT

Maria said...

Such a gorgeous snowflake!! What a great way to highlight the embossing, so pretty! Wonderful colored panel, too!!

Robyn Oliver said...

Love your snowflake card Loll, great idea to sparkle up the embossing and that's such a pretty panel with it.

Trina P. said...

This is gorgeous. Love the colours of your smooshed panel. Fabulous ob with the white gel pen... can’t even tell. xx

Mac Mable said...

Great save and love the unique effect on your very pretty card Loll x.

Papercraft Boutique said...

This is so pretty, Loll! I love the colors of the brusho smooshed panel and the wonderful design. The gel pen recovery was so good that I cannot tell how and where you did it.
Hideko xx

scrappymo! said...

It was well worth all the extra work as this is a stunning card, Loll, Love the blue inky colours.

Thanks for taking part in the September Rudolph Days Challenge.

Jo said...

Fabulous, the colourful blue and pink strip is amazing at the perfect tones for that flake. Love this clean card, beautiful! xx

BożenA said...

I have no sense of how to press the Versamark sponge firmly and I always have either spots or deficiencies in the EP cover. Fortunately, you did a great job with the penetration of color under the white pattern. The card is wonderful and so ingeniously designed