Monday, February 11, 2013

Festive Friday #1 - red, white and silver

The fabulous Meredith MacRitchie has begun a blog entitled Festive Friday to help us create holiday cards all through the year.  The challenge is to use red, white and silver.
When I saw this gorgeous colour combo, I puchased some silver embossing powder tout de suite with the idea that I would get some cards made right away ... Well, days later and I still hadn't had a chance to make any cards for this challenge.  I finally had a moment and got inky. 

For my first card, I grabbed some silver shimmer cardstock I purchased a while back with an M's coupon and made a clean and simple card.
Of course, by the time I ever get to take photos, it is dark so you'll have to excuse the bad lighting ... no light box for me!  I used a die cut from PTI's Happy Trails and smooshed it into my Fresh red currant ink pad to get the colour I wanted.
I used Versamark and some white embossing powder to stamp Technique Tuesday's Peace Joy and Love stamp set.  White embossing on silver always has such a cool look ...
Some low profile foam dots on the dove and I mounted the silver panel to a white card base leaving some white space peeking out.

My next card used silver heat embossed leaves (PTI's Mistletoe and Holly) with a white heat embossed sentiment from PTI's Think Big Favorites.
I mounted it on a white card base and added some burgundy and silver Stickles.  Gotta love the bling that Stickles bring! :)
The shine of the silver embossing is so pretty against the Scarlet Jewel cardstock - that embossing really pops on dark cardstock.
I am so sad that the Think Big Favourites series has come to an end - I just love larger more bold sentiments. 

My next card made good use of my 1 3/4" circle punch and some holiday patterned cardstock.  I punched a bunch of circles and mounted them to a white card base.  I used the 'B' side of the cardstock for all but one of the circles and the patterned one (the 'A' side) had the perfect sentiment for the card - 'tis the season. Now that I'm looking at that one circle, I think it could move over a bit more to the right ... oh, well!  Gonna let it go for now and maybe move it a bit tomorrow.
I added a silver rhinestone to the centre of the snowflake on this one for a little bling.  Not sure if you can tell, but all the circles are mounted with low profile foam dots for a little extra dimension.
When I was playing with my silver embossing powder and starting out, I made this card and decided to add the red stars ... bad idea on my part but I'll show you the card anyhow ...  I just love that frame from Pretty Peonies ... why did I have to add those stars?!
Well, Meredith, congratulations on your fabulous beginning to your challenge blog - I am so proud of you! <3 br="">


peace on earth
Paper: Staples 110lb white, Recollections silver shimmer
Stamps: Technique Tuesday Peace, Love and Joy
Ink: Versamark, Fresh red currant
Misc: white  Zing embossing powder, foam dots

holiday wishes
Paper: Staples 110lb white, PTI Scarlet Jewel
Stamps: PTI Mistletoe and Holly, Think Big Favorites
Ink: Versamark
Misc: silver and white  Zing embossing powder, Stickles (diamond, burgundy), foam dots

tis the season
Paper: Staples 110lb white, Christmas patterned paper
Misc: 1 3/4 circle punch, silver rhinestone, foam dots


Meredith MacRitchie said...

YOU are fabulous, my friend!!! I can't get over the display of cards, you really outdid yourself! I can tell you had a fun session with your stamps, that's for sure. I can't pick a favourite!! I love them all, and I am just so excited that you took the time out to play. THANK YOU!!!

Sonya said...

Love the cards. I'm going to have to try white embossing on silver. The CAS cards are great.

Geri said...

Well, look what YOU'VE done!!! What a great collection of cards! So many nice details and design elements! The embossing looks so nice, and I love the contrasting circle (great idea!) Thanks for adding to the inspiration, Cara! Sure hope you'll be back!!