Wednesday, December 7, 2011

2012 Christmas Card Challenge-Week 1

Well that title was a mouth full! Hello everyone, it's Wednesday and Christmas is closing in on us! It will be here and gone before we know it! I'm still making Christmas cards and loving every minute of it. I decided to play along with Sparkle's challenge this week. The challenge was to create a "One Layer Card"...and I must say, that was QUITE a challenge for me. I'm a layers girl...I like patterned paper and dimension, but I gave it a shot and this is what I came up with. It looks sooo much better in real life!

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stamps: Happy Holidays Trees(Hero Arts)   "Peace on Earth";Say it With Style(CTMH)
card stock: Heavy Base Weight and Layering Weight White(GinaK Designs)
ink: Broken China, Faded Jeans Distress Ink(Tim Holtz)  Versamark Ink(Tsukineko)  Memento Paris Dusk(Tsukineko)
embossing powder: Winter Wonderland(Stampendous)
accessories: clear rhinestones(KaiserCraft)  silver cord(Michael's)  Stamp-a-ma-Jig

I just noticed that I didn't use ANY Papertrey Ink products on this card! That's shocking! LOL! Even though this is a very simple card, it took me the better part of the morning to get it right. I have sooo many pieces of card stock in the trash! Lots of trial and many many errors on this one. After I figured out the best way to execute the design I had in mind, I was able to get right to it and I actually like the way the card turned out. I cut a piece of layering weight cs to size. I stamped my greeting on first, using a Stamp-a-ma-Jig for accurate placement. Then, I stamped my image in Versamark and embossed it with embossing powder that has flecks of silver glitter in it. It makes the image glisten...reeeeaalllly pretty! Next, I sponged on Broken China Distress Ink, followed by Faded Jeans. I went around the edges with Paris Dusk, to create the darker frame around the piece. I used a baby wipe to gently clean the ink off the image. Next, I added the rhinestones and tied on the silver cord. I adhered the panel to my card base and called it done. So very simple.

Have a great day! Thanks for stopping by!



Brigitte said...

WOW, this is tryly a piece of Art!!! You did a wonderful job on the one layer!!! Thanks for joining us this week at CCC. Hugs Brigitte

Kim Burmeister said...

Barb, your card is PERFECT! So stunning and elegant!

pat said...

WOW!! gorgeous card! thanks for playing along this week hope you join us again next week!

Sheila H said...

Beautiful! Are the distress inks you used from Tim Holtz? I would love to learn more about using distress inks. I have one and have yet to use it.

Sheila H said...

Duh- I just saw that you said the distress inks are TH's! Forgive me, I'm half asleep :)

Katie said...

Simply gorgeous!
Thanks for playing in Christmas Card Challenges this week :)

Rhea Weigand said...

so elegant!!! Very well done

Sparkplug17 said...

Such a lovely card!