Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Less is More 31 .....

.... hello fellow LIMettes - the challenge that Chrissie and Mandi have set us this week is a colour theme:
METALLIC

The ladies said "We'd like to see CLEAN & SIMPLE cards with something that has a METALLIC finish to it... ink, embossing, card, charms, actual metal... come on people let's get creative!"
Well I did have a go at triple embossing - a technique that I adore and don't use often enough, but the image I wanted to use just didn't work very well.  So I decided to stick with metallic embossing - not original, but lovely nonetheless. 

I started off with a plain piece of chipboard from my stash.  I inked my stamp with lots of Versamark to make sure that the embossing powders really adhered to the chipboard.  I used a mixture of powders in gold, silver and copper (only a bit of copper it turned out).  I love to watch embossing powders melt - it was one of the things that got me really hooked!!  Once the image had cooled down I used my nestie to get a proper square, I ended up with a small border of plain chipboard left which I really like.  Next I cut an ornate mat using copper mirri card to pick up the copper powder in the image.  I think the hardest part of this card was to find a sentiment in my stash that matched the focal image - I think this one works really well.  It's been embossed with my copper powder - sadly it's not a detail powder so the text isn't quite as clear as I'd have liked.  It is bad for me to say that I'm really pleased with this one?


Stamps:  Papermania - Holly Leaves (PMA10023), Merry Christmas stamps (can't remember name of set)
Ink:  Versamark
Spellbinders:  Fleur de Lis Squares (S4-318) #3, Standard Squares Lg (S4-126) #4
Accessories:  Stampendous embossing powders - detail gold, detail silver, copper penny and card from stash

I've taken a close-up shot of the holly leaves - I think it looks fabulous.  I rather like this card and think it would work with the ornate mat in other metallic colours - gold, silver, red, green - I think this might be one of a series!!!


We had a super time at Craft class yesterday - mostly catching up on gossip from the summer holidays, but also looking at what we've all made or bought.  My friend Kath has made the most gorgeous birthday card/scrapbook for her grandson's first birthday - I think Jack's parents will treasure it.  I was able to make some reference sheets of my new stamps for my stamp catalogue - a task I tend to ignore at home!!  Kathryn really enjoyed being back at school and has handed out her invitations - she's getting quite excited!! 

I'd like to say hello and welcome to some new Blog Friends - Irina, Theresa, Edel and Craftland - so glad you joined me.  And before I go - if you've not signed up for a chance to win the Anniversary Candy - please do so - only 3 days to go before the link closes and Mr Random picks a winner!!

We're back to normal routine here now - Jonathan's back in the office (finished with the working at home bit), Kathryn is in school and I'm at home on my own.  And today I've got lots to do - ironing, tidying, general housework stuff - but during the holidays I tend to do only what's ABSOLUTELY necessary as I'd rather spend my time with the family!  No excuses now.  And it helps that the weather is really not nice today - grey, windy, cold - autumn has SO arrived!

That's all for now - hopefully I'll get chance to post again later this evening.  Have a good day. 

30 comments:

Chrissie said...

I'm so glad that you enjoyed making this card Deborah and that you love the result... that's what it's all about isn't it... it looks fabulous!
I can see you'll be setting up a production line!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Sue W said...

Wow Deborah your card is amazing! I love the stamp you used and the metalic frame shows it off to perfection!

Craftilicious said...

I can see why you want to make a series of these - its gorgeous. really glad you took the second piccie as the holly looks fab - the colours really show up on it.

Tara x

Pauline said...

Beautiful xmas card Deb, the frame really makes it special, so pretty.

Penny said...

Really beautiful colours and texture. I like the way cutting it with a nestie made a little border around the square - clever that!

Wishcraft said...

Love this, the different colours of embossing powders look fabulous together :o) Lisa x

Paula (PEP) said...

An absolute stunner - love that copper Mirri frame - really lovely metallic theme all the way through too. Unusual Christmas card but very effective & I agree - brilliant as part of a series (in more ways than one brilliant!!). Horrid here too - wind smashed one of my ceramic flower pots in the night too. Been out to trim a bush & clear up but now for pencil fun!!.
Paula (PEP)

Stamps and Paper said...

Just love your METALLIC creation Deborah.. lovely how you have mixed your embossing powders to get the lovely metallic effect.

Anne

Jingle said...

This is VERY pretty!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Gorgeous card Deborah. The metallic frame is just perfect and that image is perfect embossed like that. :o)

Monika/Buzsy said...

Gorgeous card Deborah. The metallic frame is just perfect and that image is perfect embossed like that. :o)

Sally said...

A stunning card Deborah! I love the mirri square really effective.
Sally x

Lynne said...

Fabulous frame Deborah and your triple embossing and stamping is great.
Lynne xxx

Sasha said...

Brilliant results, Deborah! A really lovely CAS Christmas card!

Mandi said...

FAbulous Deborah
That second picture really shows how fabulous that square is

Thank you
Mandi
"Less is More"

Diane J said...

WOW such a Stunning card, love everything about it xx

Carol said...

I love this Deborah, the embossing is fabulous - no wonder you're pleased with it. Carol x

Jenny said...

Stunning piece of embossing Deborah, the second image really shows the lovely colours :)
Jenny x

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

Wow! I love the way you used multiple embossing powders. Just fabulous! I need to try this! TFS!

Suze Bain said...

Fabulous embossing Deborah and I love the ornate frame. xx

Helen T said...

It looks fabulous, I love the frame :)

Aileen said...

Love the effect of using the different colours and your fab frame. x

Diane said...

This is a beautiful card, and it caught my eye right away in the thumbnail of all the cards! You did a fantastic job with the embossing powders...I love to watch it appear, too!

Zoechaos said...

Absolutely gorgeous XOXO Zoe

Stella said...

You created a wonderful image and I love the way it's reflecting. It made me think of the reflection of a mirror..gorgeous!

Valerie said...

A perfect little work of art Deborah! Love the frame and the effect the different EP have given it:)
Val x

Vicky Hayes said...

This is a real stunner Deborah! I agree a series would be great.

Jeanne J said...

Great card as always! I love the embossing and that copper frame - perfect for your fall theme. It never occured to me to mix embossing powders - it looks beautiful how the colors blend together. That close up is like looking at a leaf floating in the water. Just beautiful!

Rosemary said...

absolutely stunning card, deborah!! the embossing is just gorgeous!!

Viv said...

Such a super card again Deborah, love it,well done :O) Viv xx

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