Good morning, friends! Emily here with my last post for 2016. I am utterly and completely shocked that 2016 is already over…. What an incredible ride this year has been! I’m so grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given as a card-maker this year, not to mention deeply thankful for the kind comments and support as we all go on this crafty journey together!
For my final card of the year, I wanted to do something that was still wintry, but not Christmas-y… I chose a cool color scheme with navy, purple, and fuchsia, as well as sparkly silver ink and embossing powder.
I started by heat embossing the roses and foliage from Fresh Cut Garden Roses Outlines using sparkly silver embossing powder on navy blue card stock and then die cut the images using the coordinating dies. I don’t know about you, but I haaaaate when I have this deep, rich color scheme in mind, but I want to do some coloring, and so have to use white card stock to accomplish it. Not anymore! I received the full set of Prismacolor colored pencils for Christmas, and I have discovered that I can color on ANY color of cardstock, not just Kraft! For this technique, I simply colored the entire embossed image with white colored pencil first, then added the color on top of it, blending it with my blender pencil. This way, I don’t have any white edges on the die cut, and my color scheme remains untainted by white card stock (haha! Am I the only one who is, ahem, particular enough to care about these things?)
Anyway, I repeated the process for the berries (from Fresh Cut Poinsettias and coordinating dies), then added some silver Wink of Stella to the leaves, to go along with the super sparkly silver embossing powder. I arranged my bouquet in the corner of my card front, then used Press ‘n Seal to pick up my bouquet, used washi tape to keep it all together and added dimensional adhesive, but didn’t remove the release paper. I used my assembled bouquet to determine where I wanted to put my silvery pine boughs, from Holiday Cones Outlines. I then stamped the pine boughs with silver pigment ink to create various textures on the card front.
For the greeting, I used the same navy blue card stock that I used for the card front and heat embossed a large panel of it with the same silver sparkle embossing powder, then die cut the embossed panel with Happy Birthday dies. I also die cut the same words twice more from some more scrap navy blue card stock. I then adhered them all together to create a dimensional die cut. It’s a little difficult to see in the photos, but there’s quite a lot of lovely height and dimension to this card. The last step was to remove the release paper from the back of the bouquet and adhere it in the corner of my card front!
And that’s it! A super frosty and wintry floral card, perfect for a winter birthday! I hope that all of our readers have a marvelous and safe New Year’s celebration, and I will see you in the New Year! Cheers to 2017!