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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

ASI Christmas Challenge

October was my month to choose the challenge for our ASI team. I went for a Christmas card with matching tag. There was method in my madness when I chose this project... if I haven't personally made enough Christmas cards to send this year, I can use the swaps!
This is the duo I came up with. I've Used Blushing Bride and Cherry Cobbler colours. Non traditional colours I know but I still think they work.
I found a negative cut out of a die I have and used it to sponge the pink focal point on the card. I started with Pink Pirouette ink and worked my way through my pink inks for shading. I finished with a tiny bit of Riding Hood Red. I then stamped the swirl (from 'Creative Elements') with the cut out still in place as I only wanted it on the sponged area. I stamped my ornament where I wanted it to go then stamped it again with Versamark and heat embossed it with the beautiful Cherry Cobbler embossing powder. I cut out the heat embossed ornament and placed it over the stamped ornament (on my card) with dimensionals. I then added some gold thread, an antique brad (LOVE those!) and lace to give it a vintage feel. Once I had my ornament placed, I then Versamarked the sentiment and used gold embossing on it.
Here's a close up of the matching tag I made to co-ordinate...
I didn't add the extra layer of an embossed ornament to the tag as I thought it might have been too much.

I had the idea of what I wanted to create in my mind when I set the challenge, and it took a while to get those ideas onto card stock how I wanted, but I am thrilled with how they turned out. Most of the photos were taken with the flash on and don't do the projects justice. They have a lovely, soft feel about them. They're slightly shabby chic with a vintage feel and a hint of elegance. How's that for a combination!
Thanks for taking a peek.


Carol Matthews said...

As pretty as the card and tag look here, they are 10 times more beautiful in person. Thanks Maree!

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