Sunday, September 11, 2016

Be Merry

This is my second card for Merry Monday Christmas Challenge blog's "Black, White, & Gold" challenge. I'll say it again--I really struggled with this. It just doesn't seem like a natural color palette to me, especially mixing white with gold.

I die cut the reindeer using Impression Obsession's "Reindeer" from Craft-a-Board. The first time, I tried using Ferro, but ended up with just a royal mess. So, for my second attempt, I applied Versamark ink to the whole die cut, and heat embossed with Ranger Gold embossing powder. I repeated this 2 more times, to get a smooth & thorough coverage.

For the background, I used Our Daily Bread Designs' "Small Snowflake" background stamp (discontinued). Again, I stamped in Versamark on black paper, and heat embossed with gold. I die cut a window with the largest of Spellbinders' "Standard Circles LG" dies.

I cut another piece of black to A2 size, and laid my embossed panel over it. I lightly traced around the circle, so I would know where to stamp my greeting (from My Favorite Things' "Joyous Christmas Sentiments" set). Then I placed that panel in my MISTI, and laid my reindeer in place to help me position my stamp. I stamped in Versamark ink, and heat embossed with Wow White Pearl embossing powder. It didn't really show up well, so I restamped it, and heat embossed with Ranger Super Fine Detail White embossing powder. There were a few "holes" in the letters, though, so I went over those with my Versamarker, and heat embossed again with white. That left obvious white spots, though, so I stamped again, and heat embossed with the White Pearl. Finally, it looked good!

To assemble my card, I popped the background up with foam tape, and glued the reindeer in place above the greeting. I adhered my card front to a white A2 card base, and it was done!

I'm also entering my card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge: "Stamp It"
Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: "Stamp It"
Simon Says Stamp's Work It Wednesday Challenge: "Use a Stamp"


  1. Beautiful card. Love that gold embossing on the black.

  2. You have done very well for not being comfortable with this color combo, Andrea! No one would ever know if hadn't told us! Another elegant card! Thanks for sharing with us again at Merry Monday!

  3. Wow you did well for struggling with the colors. You did two! I like your gold reindeer on the nice looking card. I also struggled with this color combo and got my card done a bit after the deadline.

  4. Very pretty and elegant! Love the gold accents. Thank you for stamping with us over SSS Monday Challenge. Hugs, Macarena

  5. beautiful! i love all the embossing!! thank you for playing along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!


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