Good morning! I’m back with my last two cards for the Winnie & Walter Share the Love Week featuring Essentials by Ellen! 🙂 You can find my cards for day 1, 3, and 5 here!
This was a tricky challenge for me…I wasn’t quite sure how I wanted to put the focus on the sentiment without creating a card with nothing but words on it. So I decided to allow colors to put the focus on the sentiment. I stamped the adorable bird from Winnie & Walter’s Happiest of Holidays and masked him so I could stamp the branch. Then I colored him with varying shades of grey polychromos colored pencils so that it would look like the bird was in black and white. I’ve never colored something in grayscale and it was a fun experiment in shading…I’m quite pleased with how it turned out. Next I lined up the sentiment on my MISTI and inked it with purple inks. I inked the bottom of the sentiment with my darkest color and then used a baby wipe to dab the ink off of the rest of the sentiment. I stamped the sentiment and then repeated the process for the middle and top of the sentiment with lighter shades of purple ink.
I know you’re shocked that I didn’t make a shaker for the Transparent challenge! 😉 I never have much luck heat-embossing acetate (even the heat-resistant type) so I decided to work with vellum instead. I stamped the Mondo Magnolia from Ellen Hutson with versamark and heat-embossed it on vellum with gold tinsel embossing powder. Then I stamped it again on masking paper, fussy cut it and placed the mask over the flower. Then I stamped the pine sprigs from Winnie & Walter’s In Bloom: Elsa’s Flowers around the magnolia, removed the mask, and heat-embossed them with gold tinsel embossing powder. Next I fussy cut around the stamped images. I folded the top of the vellum around the navy blue panel and adhered it to the back of the panel before adhering the navy blue panel to a white card base. Since I adhered the vellum behind the card I didn’t need any additional adhesive on the front of the card and I like that you can lift the vellum entirely (almost like a wedding invitation). To finish the card I stamped the sentiment from Winnie & Walter’s Happiest of Holidays and heat-embossed it with the same embossing powder.
I really like how it turned out and I loved how the two floral sets worked so well together! I can never seem to make enough Christmas cards and this is definitely a design I’ll be repeating…I’d love to see it in gold and aqua or pink and silver!
Anyway, thanks so much for visiting and have a wonderful day!
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These are gorgeous, Jess! LOVE that Christmas card! So pretty!
Janet Labadie says
Michael Bakeler says
My dearest Jessica, I love when you give us the bird on a card. It is soooo cute and the purple sentiment, as you stated, allows the focus on the sentiment. Your Peace and Joy card is stunning!
Hi Jess, gorgeous! The bird is adorable, love the black and white. The navy card is stunning, I love how you cut the magnolia, great idea. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.
Celeste Goff says
Gorgeous cards Jess!
Swooning over your sentiment card. Beautifully colored little bird and the ombre sentiment is just perfect. Then I scroll down and see this masterpiece in gold, navy and vellum. After I got up off the floor, just sat and drooled over it for a while. Incredible.
Tracey McNeely says
Jess how fabulous are these!! I love the ombre purple sentiment on the first and the vellum gold embossed on the second!! Both so different and both so gorgeous!
Taunya Butler says
Your cards are awesome and so lovely. You have totally aced this!!
Karen B. says
Both are just gorgeous!
Patt H. says
Both cards are stunning. I love the simplicity of the first one & that darling little bird. Your ombre sentiment is a clever touch on the 2nd one & using the Mondo stamp for Christmas is genius!!