Saturday, 9 March 2013

Christmas Elegance ....

... Good morning all, and welcome to this week's 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown challenge.  This week we have a colour challenge for you - to use Black, Metallic Gold and White!


I made a couple of card - both with baubles.  Here's the first card:


Stamps: Stampin' Up! - Ornament Keepsakes; My Favourite Things - Seasonal Sentiments
Inks: Staz-on - Jet Black; Memento - Tuxedo Black; Versamark
Dies: SU - Holiday Ornaments Frames
Accessories: SU Card - Basic Black; Gold Linen texture card from stash; Anita's - White DL Card; Peeloffs from stash; Gold embossing powder



I used the layout from this week's Freshly Made Sketches - FMS76 challenge, changing the squares to ornaments!  I used the very elegant long ornament to make three ornaments - black on white, black on gold and gold on white, then used the coordinating dies to cut them out.  I cut a panel of black card and edged it with gold.  I have a vast collection of peeloff stickers and found this long sentiment - just perfect to go along the bottom edge.  I kept the inside of the card very CAS with a black and white layers, stamping the greeting in black and adding a couple of small gold peeloffs.

I was having such fun with these colours that I made another card!


Stamps: SU - Ornament Keepsakes; Waltzingmouse Stamps - Nordic Winter; My Favourite Things - Seasonal Sentiments
Inks: Stazon - Jet Black; Memento - Tuxedo Black
Dies: Spellbinders - Fleur de Lis Squares (S4-318) #4, Squares Lg (S4-126) #6; SU - Holiday Ornament Frames
Accessories:  Pink Petticoat - Little Swirls digi paper; Black Gloss Card; Gold Ribbon, White Lustre card

While going through my black and gold card I found this lovely old gold paper with swirl pattern; it's an old Pink Petticoat digi paper - I simply printed it on Conqueror Metallic Gold paper.  I thought it was just right to go with the elegant flourish pattern in the ornament.  I covered the card base with the gold paper, cut the ornate frame from black gloss card and layered it with white card onto which I stamped the sentiment.  I attached the bauble with some dimensional gel and added a gold ribbon.  For the inside, I cut a square of the swirly gold paper and some white card and stamped a clean and bold sentiment.

Don't forget to visit the rest of the team - they have some wonderful cards to share with you.  Looking forward to seeing your designs with this week's colours.

That's all for now - I hope you have a super weekend planned.  I'm attending a photography class today to learn how to use studio lights and natural light to get a better picture.  I'm really looking forward to it.  And after we are all off to see "Oz the Great and Powerful" - the trailers look spectacular.  I'll give you a review later.  Have a great weekend!

15 comments:

Pauline said...

Two fabulous Xmas cards Deborah, love the swirly patterns, and the sheen on the mirri textured card! Beautiful!

Paula (PEP) said...

Your first one is my favourite - an absolutely elegant & most unusual Christmas card. I can see you're enjoying these challenges.
Paula (PEP)

Chrysalis said...

Hi Deborah - the bauble cards are fab. I hope you enjoy the photographic class and Oz. Have a great week, Chris x

sarahstone said...

pretty cards, Deborah! I like your use of the die cuts!

Stamps and Paper said...

Fabulous Christmas cards Deborah so elegant and classy

Anne

Jacqueline said...

Stunning cards Deborah - great use of the ornament dies and beautiful gold card - Jacqueline xx

Sue Lelli said...

You are going to have all of your Christmas cards done before July! Love the gold! So Elegant!

Mynnette said...

These are BEAUTIFUL, Deb! What a wonderful start with us! I just adore the gold linen textured card--if you remember, do you mind telling me where to get some? I think I "need" it! ;) A gorgeous first set of cards for us! Welcome to the team! :)

Patricia H said...

Your elegant ornaments are terrific. I really like the linen texture, too.

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Fantastic cards, very elegant.

Jeanne J said...

So formal looking - really decadent with the black and gold Deborah!

Louise van Vuren said...

Stunning cards, glad you showcased the 3 baubles, it is my favourite, so elegant and beautiful . Hope you are enjoying the challenges
Louise xx

Ruth M said...

Great minds think alike Deborah - this combo cried out Ornament Keepsakes baubles to me too! Your cards are very classy and sophisticated - lovely!
Ruth x

Mona L. Pendleton said...

So pretty Deb! Love the beautiful baubles! Cheers from New Zealand!

Danielle Vincent said...

Both card are so gorgeous Deborah. I love the effect of the special paper. Ornaments were a perfect choice for this color combo I think :o) Hugs D

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