Friday, 21 October 2011

Christmas Alphabet - E for Embossing

I'm late posting this card tonight ... I just don't know where the time has gone today.

There's two different forms of embossing on this card. There's heat embossing ... a piece of leftover matte gold card, stamped with VersaMark and then embossed with gold powder ... and there's machine embossing on to make the greeting topper - on the last shred of the gold card. Note to self: pick up some more sheets from the craft shop soon.

After the greeting topper was embossed, it was trimmed before it was hot glued on to the ribbon bow. Love this gorgeous red and gold ribbon, bought from a local shop that sells all sorts of beautiful trims. The stickpin was made using several small gold beads and a large red one, all  from old costume jewellery threaded and glued to a heart-topped pin from Wild Orchid Crafts.

The insert is a digital paper form a Crafter's Companion CD-ROM ... this particular design was intended to be printed as notepaper, but I liked the faded centre panel framed with the holly pattern so much I thought it would make a great insert for this card. After importing it into a graphics programme I was able to tweak the size to fit perfectly.

Similarly, I tweaked it again to make a panel for the back too.

Materials used:
  • Cardstock: Piece of white card measuring 6.5" x 10" folded in half to form card base; piece of gold matte card, 6.5" x 5" stamping & embossing, and a smaller piece,  measuring 2.5" square for greeting
  • Stamp: Penny Black, Winter Bough; VersaMark ink pad; Heat It Up Gold Embossing Powder
  • Machine embossing: Cuttlebug All-in-One folder and Twinkle plate for greeting & topper
  • Digital Paper: Crafter's Companion CD-ROM, Vintage Christmas; My Craft Studio Professional; white copy paper for printing
  • Gold printed red ribbon, Heart-shape topped pin from Wild Orchid Crafts, red and gold beads, from stash
That's the letter E done with ... never tried embossing gold on gold before but really like the effect so that's one to remember for another time. And, a bonus, I've used up some scraps of card and ribbon, not to mention recycled some ole beads. So I think this is one to submit to:
Now to finish the F card, almost done, and tomorrow it will be the letter G ... now how can that be interpreted ... I'll have to put on my thinking cap :)
Happy crafting,


Marie-Louise said...

An outstanding card Elizabeth - just beautiful.

Jackie said...

Such a beautiful, classy card :o)
Jackie xx

Shary said...

What a beautiful card! Very elegant!

Dolly Daydreams said...

Hi there Elizabeth what a fabulous card ! Funnily enough on Monday I am setting a challenge for Get Creative and the theme is wet or dry embossing ( shhs don't tell anyone though ) This would be perfect for us lol. Stunning embossing and very classy too !


coops said...

wow this is stunning elizabeth.really classy and elegant ;D

xx coops xx

Dolly Daydreams said...

Hi Elizabeth me again. Just wanted to answer your question about the card. I printed my image onto parchment paper and then attached it to the blue backing paper then sewed them on three sides leaving the right hand side open. I placed my die cut leaf inside the pocket and then closed it with an eyelet so the leaf wouldn't fall out. I hope this is a little clearer but as you have guessed am not very good with the old descriptions. Hope this helps.


Jules said...

Hi Elizabeth

Fabulous embossing .. .. loving that gold on gold look.

Your sentiment is great too .. .. what a great Christmas card.

Thank you for sharing in the snippet playground again this week.

Love Jules xx

Debs M said...

love these colours, fab x

akilli melek said...

wow, love this card

Carol said...

The embossing (both wet and dry) look fabulous on this Elizabeth, it makes a gorgeous card. Carol x