Timeless Tuesday #248: Score It, Pierce It, Color It

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

I can hardly believe it's the last Tuesday in November! Just 29 days until Christmas!!! So the holiday frenzy officially begins this Friday. Just sayin', ya know. ;~)

In the meantime, ready for a little Timeless Tuesday challenge? Connie MacFarlane is our Guest Hostess this week, and you're going to love her challenge. It's one that can be incorporated into just about any card or project you have in mind:

Here's my take:
I used the Viva la Verve November 2013 Week 1 sketch for this card, substituting cute ornament images, from Flourishes' Holiday Sparkle stamp set, for the fishtail banners. After coloring them with Copics, I did some fussy cutting and glued twine to the back so I could "hang" them from the top of the card. For the next layer, I die cut a square from Classic White Cardstock, then sponged Vintage Photo and Scattered Straw Distress Inks over the entire square. Next, I spritzed water onto the pine tree stamp from the Forest of Trees stamp set, and stamped on top of the sponged ink, giving me a light colored silhouette of the image. After drying the water, I stamped the tree in a white pigment ink, then again, offsetting the stamp just a little for a hint of frost, using Memento Bamboo Leaves ink. I gave it some sparkle by stamping the little snowflake images from the Snow Scenes stamp set onto the tree with Versamark Ink and heat embossed with a glitter embossing powder. I then stamped "Believe," from the Handmade Snowflakes stamp set, and heat embossed it with red glitter embossing powder. To finish off the layer, I scored two parallel lines down the left side of the square and across the top and did some paper piercing between the lines. I matted that layer onto a square of white cs, which I edged with a Krylon silver leafing pen. The gold horizontal strip is a piece of textured white cs which I pierced along the top and bottom, then colored with a Krylon gold leafing pen. Finally, for the bg, I dry embossed snowflakes on a piece of shimmer cs and added Diamond Stickles for sparkle. To hang the ornaments, I first attached them to the front of the card, then taped the twine to the back of the bg layer before adhering it to the card base. 
Here's a better look at the sparkle on the tree.
On the inside, I embossed the same snowflake embossing folder on shimmer paper, but left the Stickles off. After die cutting a rectangle of classic white cardstock, I sponged Scattered Straw Distress Ink inside the die, then added two sentiments from the Sentimental Christmas and Star of Bethlehem stamp sets.

Did you happen to notice how many different stamp sets I used on this simple card? I was certainly surprised when I realized how many there were. When I make a card, I often just pile up stamps, dies, and all the other supplies as I use them, so I can remember what I used when it comes time to write up my supply list. So, when I went through the pile for this card, I did a double take when I saw that there were six--yes, that's right, SIX--stamp sets used on this one simple card. But, I shouldn't have been surprised at all. One of the things I've always liked about Flourishes' stamps is that they work so well together. 

And, speaking of working well together, you have got to check out what the rest of the Design Team has for your viewing pleasure! Visit their blogs, leave a little blog love, then put all that juicy inspiration into your own creation and play along with us. 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.
Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful week, and for those in the U.S., Happy Thanksgiving! Gobble, Gobble! :)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Viva la Verve November 2013 Week 1 Sketch Challenge
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Countdown to the Holidays
Corrosive Challenge #188: Happy Holidays
Paper Issues: It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

PLUS these individual Copics: R21, R22, G17, YG03
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D- said...

I LOVE your card. You colored the images beautifully. TFS.
Crafty hugs,

Katie Sims said...

Wowzers, Cheryl! I LOVE the gold and silver elements and ALL of the details you put in this lovely card! You never cease to amaze....I always see something new every time I look at one of your cards....there is always so much detail! I don't know how you come up with your ideas, but I am so glad that you do! Another masterpiece, my friend! :)

Unknown said...

I do believe! :) Fabulous card!

Deborah Anton said...

Wow! All those sets worked so well together and gave a gorgeous outcome! Well, we didn't channel each other this time, but this card is still so beautiful!!

Conniecrafter said...

so cute, love the tree and your coloring of the ornaments makes them look 3D, love the gold behind the tree with the red sparkle for the sentiment!

Connie MacFarlane said...

Oh Cheryl, your card is absolutely stunning! I love all of the different elements, but I especially like the technique you used to create your tree. All of the different stamped layers turned out beautifully. Love the pretty little ornaments and the great background you created. Fabulous!

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, my gosh, this is completely fantastic from the gorgeous embossed and sparkled background to the wonderfully colored vintage ornaments. I love this so much, and I have this set -- yay! You've inspired me... again!

Maria said...

Just gorgeous, Cheryl! Love all the shimmer and shine! Very pretty layers and elements! Truly, a fabulous card inside and out! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, hugs!

Rosy Newlun said...

My eyes keep getting drawn towards the sparkle inside the bg snowflakes!!! I think that finished up your card project in a beautiful, stunning way!

Heather Jensen said...

So pretty, Cheryl! I love the shimmer cs with embossed snowflakes. :)

Beverley said...

WOW! This is fabulous, I LOVE the silver snowflake embossed sparkly background (try saying that fast!) Such a lovely festive card. Hugs Bev x

Darnell said...

This is absolutely stunning, Cheryl! It is a gift all by itself!! Hugs, Darnell

Mish B said...

Beautiful card! I love the background and the way you placed the glitter. Thank you for joining us at The Corrosive Challenges!

Debbie said...

Beautiful! I love the embossed BG and the sparkly sentiment!!

Allison Cope said...

Oh Cheryl! It's gorgeous! I love the scored lines and piercing in between! Gorgeous decorations too! Love the rich colours you used this week. A stunning project!

Michelle said...

Cheryl, this is beautiful! The coloring is fabulous, and I adore the touch of glitter. Thank you for joining us this week for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. ~Michelle

Jenny Gropp said...

SO VIBRANT! Love it... so many little outstanding details!

KimCreate said...

Your card is so pretty!