Sunday, October 31, 2010

Foiled Poinsettias - MMSC77

Greetings! Halloween is over - all the little goblins are home, the porch lights are turned off and it's now time for Midnight Madness (the sketch challenge variety of course) in my house.  It's MMSC77 and I've chosen to follow the clean and simple sketch for this week using a technique that becomes a focal point of the card.

The technique is dry embossing aluminum foil.  Here, I've used a poinsettia embossing folder to create the texture on the foil.  Quite simple really.  You only have to be a bit careful when adherring the foil to your cardstock so as to not burnish it flat.  Otherwise you cut the heavy-duty foil to the size you desire for your card and just insert it into the embossing folder like you would any cardstock. 

After embossing and adherring to the cardstock, I distressed it a bit with dark chocolate ink and some tea dye distress ink.  The inks hits some of the cracks and crevices and adds an aging effect.

For the image panel, I've chosen the "Bells and Boughs" stamp set from Stampin' Up.  I love the vintage look of these stamps.  The image was colored with Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green and Hansome Hunter inkpads using a Dove blender pen.  A bit of Mustard color ink was used to outline the image and make it pop.  The panel was distressed using Tea Dye and Old Paper distress ink from Tim Holtz.  A bit of yellow stickles to highlight the flower centers and a few silver rhinestone embellishments and that's it. 

Hope you like this vintage looking Christmas card this week!  Thanks for stopping by!


mulberry station said...

Gorgeous card Sharon. We are soooo excited to have you on board at SSW. Got a peak at your first card and it is beautiful!!!

KarinsArtScrap said...

beautiful card sharon.
great idea with the foil.
great coloring too.
thank you for your beautiful comment on my card.

greetings karin

Lovely Linda said...

Hello Sharon - you know I adore your work - this is gorgeous! I love that image and the colouring - divine! I love the aged look you have given the foil - I use the foil plates from Apple Pies - my family LOVE to help me get those supplies! LOL!

Lovely Linda said...

Oooops - I forgot to add:
I am loving this! Thanks for playing along with the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge this week! {{{hugs}}}
Linda MMSC Design Team

marsha said...

Sharon, what an exquisite creation! I love the embossing on foil and how you carried out the poinsettia theme from your image to your border! Your colors are fabulous and i love the inks you used. Thanks so much for joining us for this week's Midnight Madness Sketch challenge and I'm already looking forward to seeing your entry for next week!

Carol said...

Sharon this is exquisite. I love the shine of your background papers. Great job with the sketch. Thanks for playing along with the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge.

Bear hugs,
Carol :O}
Midnight Madness Design Team

Primitive Paper said...

Simply stunning. Sometimes I think the simple designs are still some of the best. It really allowed an opportunity for you to show off this goreous, foiled paper. This is lovely with all the sparkle and texture. Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy scedule to play along with us this week. The Midnight Madess DT thanks you for your participation. Blessings, Tracy

Gunn (MsPlum) said...

Hi Sharon!
This is so very, very pretty! Love your dry embossing and the image is just drop dead gorgeous!

Thanks for joining Midnight Madness Challenge. Your support is highly valued, and we hope to see you playing with us again real soon ;o)


Holly Moore said...

Ahhh! Sharon this card just sings beauty to me! I so so very much enjoy it. That foil technique is downright stunning and I am just in awe of your stamped and colored image. Thank you so much for playing the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge this week. WOW! Just WOW!!

Holly R. Moore

Denise @ kc242 said...

Wow Sharon what a beautiful vintage poinsettia card! Love your design. Thanks so much for joining us this week at Midnight Madness!

Gunn (MsPlum) said...

Congratulations on winning our Remarkable award! I am creating a gallery on Facebook with all of our Remarkable award winners and was wondering if you would let me put your card up there. Please?


Heide said...

Congrates on making the remarkables!
Very pretty card!

Donna Moore said...

Wow, Congrats on your win!! Well deserved with this gorgeous card!!! :)

Renlymat's World of Family & Crafts said...

Wow, Sharon this is beautiful! I've been swamped lately and haven't been able to browse my usual blogs so this is the first I've seen this card. Congratulations on your Remarkable award. It's well deserved!

pam124 said...

Sharon, I didn't see this on the SCS gallery, so I came to visit your blog. Woo Hoo girl, you are one REMARKABLE stamper. Congrats. I may be kicked off princess status as I've missed 2 or 3 - I've had family issues and have been somewhat out of the loop. Your creation for this is STUNNING. That foil embossing is dynamite and your image beautiful. I expect nothing less from one of my fave stampers!! Hugs - The Former Princess