Timeless Tuesday #237: "Make a Good Impression" & A Sneak Peek!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


Happy Tuesday! Didn't you just love Flourishes new Home for the Holidays stamp set that was revealed yesterday? Well, just wait until you see today's reveal! Gorgeous! Oh, what am I saying...every day this week there will be a new stamp set revealed, and there is no way I could choose a favorite among them. You'll just have to see them for yourself. ;)

Holiday TopiariesWelcome to Day 2 of our fabulous September release week! Today both our Friends of Flourishes Team and our Design Team will be showcasing a wonderful new stamp set created by our beloved artist Marcella Hawley. Marcella has packed this beautiful 4x6 stamp set called "Holiday Topiaries" with an array of beautiful holiday decorated greenery and 3 seasonal sentiments to match their holiday vibe. This sweet holiday stamp set will surely make an appearance on your homemade cards, handmade gifts, tags and more this season! Don't forget...


Mystery-Blogger-GraphicHidden among the Design Team's blogs today is our Mystery Blogger of the day. Comment on her blog and you could be chosen to win today's set! The more you comment, the better your chances, so comment away!
Now, for this week's Timeless Tuesday Challenge, my sweet friend, Katie, is our hostess, and she is challenging us to...

"Make a Good Impression"

So, incorporate dry embossing somewhere on your card or project. It could be an embossing folder, stencils, or even a household item for your embossing...just make sure you "Make a Good Impression!" (FTTC237).
I started my card by dry embossing a piece of Flourishes Classic White Cardstock with a brick embossing folder and an embossing diffuser to keep the oval area unembossed for my image. Then, I stamped the conical topiary from the new Holiday Topiaries stamp set inside the oval with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I colored it with Copic markers and added tiny white hightlights on all the berries with Copic Opaque White and a toothpick. I cut an oval from a piece of copy paper, then used the negative die cut as a mask so I could sponge Antique Linen Distress Ink just inside the edges of it. The sentiment is stamped onto an oval cut with Flourishes Perfectly Pierced Victorian Oval Template Die, and sponged with Antique Linen, also. The holly leaves were cut with a Spellbinders die and the berries were punched with a 1/4" hole punch, then covered in Glossy Accents. After heavily distressing the edges of the white, embossed cs, I matted it with a Christmas dp, added a strip of glitter ribbon, then popped up the sentiment over it. Finally, I glued it to the Capers card base, which is from the Color Made Easy Evergreen Paper Collection.
On the inside, I used the same embossing folder for the background layer and cut the larger Victorian Oval die for the sentiment, which is from the Sentimental Christmas stamp set, and is stamped in Memento Olive Grove ink. I added a fancy rectangle die cut for personalization, and matted it with an oval cut from the same dp I used on the front of the card.

I hope I made a good impression. ;) And, I hope you'll play along and "Make a Good Impression, too! And, remember you don't have to use Flourishes stamps, but if you do, you get two ballots toward the weekly prize! You can find all the details for the challenge here. But, wait...

DO YOU WANT TO WIN OUR ENTIRE RELEASE?

If you would like a chance at winning all five of our soon-to-be released September sets:
  • You can play in our Get in Shape Challenge. We will have multiple winners there! Deadline for entries is FRIDAY September 13th at 5 PM EST. Check out the link for the official rules!
  • All five of our September sets can be pre-ordered now, even before you see them all! Take advantage our New Release Bundle and get 10% off when you purchase all five sets together in a bundle. This discount will be available for only 1 week following the release.
  • All sets will be live first thing Friday morning along with the coordinating cut files for this release.
  • Come back to the Flourishes Blog Saturday for the Winner's Circle where we'll announce all of our winners of this weeks' challenges!
Thanks for stopping by, and have an "impressive" week!

I'm entering this card in the following challenge:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Embossed

~Hugs,

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39 comments :

Linda Carson said...

WOW! This is one gorgeous and festive card! That ep folder is the perfect choice and your coloring/shading is divine!

jonim52 said...

Love the embossed background. Super card!

Juliana said...

Wow!!! Your coloring is beautiful!! I love the depth of color!!
Stunningly beautiful card!

Joyce Casaldi said...

What a pretty holiday card!

D- said...

What a wonderful card. LOVE it. TFS.
D~
http://designsbydragonfly.blogspot.com

loulou said...

Gorgeous card. Great design and your copic colouring is fantastic - such wonderful shading and depth.

Connie MacFarlane said...

Beautiful card Cheryl! Love the way you coloured this great new image and how you created the unembossed oval in your background for that image.

Silke Ledlow said...

Beautiful! Love the coloring and the sparkly ribbon on the side!

Sue D said...

Very pretty--I like the brick embossing and the ribbon.

Marsha J Reed said...

Gorgeous card. I like that embossing folder and the colors you used.

Tamara D said...

Very pretty card! Love the embossing folder you used and the unembossed oval.
Nice job!!

Tracy said...

Very pretty card, love the embossed background.

Theresa said...

Bautiful Christmas card! Lov that embossing and your layout!

purusty said...

beautiful use of varied items love the tree also

JD/ Jill said...

Very pretty...great job witht he embossing!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

This is beautiful inside and out!! Love your coloring of the tree!!!

Karen Letchworth said...

LOVELY card! I really like the dry embossing and the glittery ribbon. Great card, and thanks for sharing and inspiring in this wonderfully fun Blog Hop.
God bless you!
Karen Letchworth
www.karen-mycuprunnethover.blogspot.com

Petti said...

Love the holiday feel of the card!

Karen W said...

So pretty, this set is great!

Mary-Anne V said...

Very pretty Christmas card...love the background embossing, masking and glitter ribbon.

Kathy said...

Gorgeous coloring of the image, Cheryl, I love the bright colors and the touch of white on the berries! What a fun embossing folder too! Blessings! Kathy

Amy Marshall said...

What a lovely card inside and out. Beautiful coloring.

Kris B said...

Such a pretty card! Gorgeous coloring! Love the sparkly ribbon! I'm off the search the internet for an embossing diffuser! TFS

ChristineCreations said...

Oh Cheryl, such gorgeous rich colouring on this topiary! The brick embossing is fabulous too! Perfect accents on the sentiment too!

Nancee Purdum said...

So pretty! I love the layout of this card! The embossing is terrific as is the coloring! :) Nancee

Donna Whitten said...

You made a great impression! What a lovely card!

Allison Cope Israels said...

Good golly Cheryl! Every time I come here I think "I gotta get Cheryl to show me how to colour!". LOL! Stunning card - lovin' the ribbon, the mini holly and your design is amazing! Another fabulous creation!!

Leslie Miller said...

I'm loving the looks of this set and you've showcased it beautifully with just the right amount of accents and white space to let the image shine! Love how you did the inside, too, with the die cut for signature. Great idea!

Conniecrafter said...

very pretty, love the coloring and the white brick background and your inside is just as lovely!

Mona Pendleton said...

So pretty Cheryl! The dry embossed layers look fantastic! Love the dimension! Thanks for joining along with Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

Broni said...

Your variegated holly looks awesome and I love the partially embossed background layer! Beautiful card, Cheryl!!

Jan Garber said...

WOW, I would never have thought to use the brick folder that way! Love it!

Makiko Jones said...

Super pretty, Cheryl! I love the partially embossed background! How cool! Beautiful coloring and detail too.

Heather said...

Wow! This is beautiful! Such a beautiful image and I love the embossing folder you used.

Sue Lelli said...

FAB Christmas card, Cheryl! LOVE the stamp and your ribbon and holly berry details!

Donna Phelan said...

Excellent Impression! :) Beautiful card!

MichelleZ said...

oohhh....I like this one too! :)
Your coloring is fabulous! Those berries look dimensional. So pretty!
And again...Thanks for joining us for the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge!

Heather Jensen said...

Beautiful card, Cheryl. I love the void in your embossing. :)

Deborah Anton said...

So pretty Cheryl! I love how you diffused the center of your embossed background.. Gorgeous coloring and layout!