Thursday, March 13, 2014

Another Christmas Card done!

I do believe Mother Nature and Old Man Winter are at war against us! It is back to being very cold and we had more snow yesterday than we had at one time all winter. I managed to go down to the lower studio for awhile after lunch today but it got too cold by 4:30 and I had to come back up. This has been a record breaking cold winter to the point that the Great Lakes are about 90% frozen. They seldom reach the 50% frozen state. In fact, this year Lake Superior which seldom freezes at all is frozen over and the caves that are not normally accessible are now ice caves and the photos are spectacular. There are cars parked all over the roads with people walking into the ice caves. This may not happen again in our lifetime so people are taking advantage of it. Just go to the Internet and type in Lake Superior Ice Caves and you will find lots of photos. They are too far away for us to visit but it would be awesome if we could.

Today’s card is for the Merry Monday challenge over at www.alwaysplayingwithpaper.blogspot.com. The challenge this week was to use green, brown gold and white on a Christmas card. I struggled with this card for some reason. It was just one of those hours when nothing would go together. In the end it’s okay, but just okay.

 
Lots of layers on this card. The background is just white cardstock than I ran through the Provo Craft snowflake embossing folder and then sponged gold ink over the top. You can’t really see them in the photo but there are two more layers at the bottom that were run through a swirl embossing folder, the edges ripped and edged with gold. This is where I ran into trouble. The first tree I made I tried to emboss some snow on it and it just looked horrible – garbage for tree number 1. The next tree I thought I would try to crackle. I keep meaning to buy some Tim Holtz crackle medium but keep forgetting; but, I had some old crackle medium that is really for wood but I tried it – garbage # 2. So I ended up die cutting another tree (Tim Holtz for tree and deer) and just sponging some brown and green ink on it to add a little dimension, and then added the little sticker stars. The deer was embossed with the Provo Craft Christmas tree embossing folder and then I ran the Versamark pad over the embossed areas, added gold embossing powder and heat embossed it. When I laid it on the white cardstock it looked blah so I inked up the Tim Holtz script stamp and stamped the script three times to fill the space and then glued on the deer. The sentiment banner was cut from the same paper as behind white/scripted layer and I added a peel-and-stick sentiment and star and popped it on with glue dots.  I hope who ever gets this will like it more than I do. I think I’m not liking it because of all the angst it caused. I like doing things quickly and efficiently and this was not one of those times.

 Time to go and make supper. That’s all for a Thursday!

 Cheers

Violet

 

 

 

7 comments:

Bonnie said...

Violet, I think this is awesome! I love how you've done the embossed background and the deer panel! Thanks for sharing this with us at Merry Monday!

Karren said...

Love all the texture you've created on this beautiful card, Violet! Thanks so much for joining us at Merry Monday.

Notes by Nina said...

Lovely card Violet, your golden deer is so pretty. Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday.

Wendy said...

Beautiful card, Violet! Just love all the embossing and your diecut tree! The gold embossed tree just pops! Thanks for playing along with us this week over at Merry Mondays! :)

jinxxxygirl said...

I don't know Violet..... I love this card! Ofcourse anything to do with nature really gets me. The deer and the trees just gorgeous! Hugs! deb

Sue Rose said...

Violet, I love this card! You and I thought alike...we both used Tim Holtz tree and reindeer. I notice it when I posted my card this morning. I love how you embossed the deer and added to the tree, too. After reading your post, we both live in MI too! I'm in the GR area. Beautiful card!

Karen D said...

Sometimes the journey to a lovely card can be about trial and error with some elements. The embossing is divine, especially on the deer and the tree is perfect. Thank you so much for joining us at Merry Monday.

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