Saturday, November 13, 2010

Deck the Halls Blog Hop!

Phew! Despite some setbacks, I was able to finish my card and get it posted before the Deck the Halls Blog Hop from The Angel Company ends tonight!

After subbing at school all day, I came home and vaccumed the house, cleaned all the bathrooms and made a card! In the end, I ruined the focal point (I'll share that below so you can avoid this mistake!) and had to finish it up this morning.


For this card I clear embossed snowflakes from the Vintage Santa set on the background. I also colored my ornaments (Joyful Ornaments) with Tombow Markers and then embossed them with Transcendence powder. This stuff is amazing since it lets you emboss a dye ink (even Palette inks!)...it looks very elegant in real life.



Last night after I stamped the ornaments I thought they would look really neat covered with Tim Holtz's crackle glass...for a really vintage look. What I had forgotten was that the liquid made the markers run so the ornaments lost their crisp look. Unfortunately, everything was glued in place so this morning I just reinked up the ornaments, embossed them and glued them over the ugly ones! Lesson learned: always try a sample first of how a liquid or even embossing powder may change your ink colors.


The green part looks cool but the design in the red was totally lost and just made it ugly!

This other project I have is a blast from the past...I used to make these quite often as little gifts to give out. A tag pouch (using a 6x6 scrapbook album sleeve) filled with Christmas gift tags. I love making these because they are quick and you can really mix up your sets to make some cute little tags! I hope this inspires you...

22 comments:

Silli said...

Hello dear Chris, your card is VERY pretty...I love the ornaments, love the colors... Thansk for add...my card...BIG hugs and happy weekend...;-)

Debra Miller said...

Great card Chris! Very pretty.

Danni said...

Wonderful creations!!

Paula-Kay Bourland said...

Nice card, Chris! Good job!

Seleise said...

what a neat card - love the layered scallops as an accent. thanks for the reminder on how different materials work together. lovely card!

Teresa Jenkins said...

Great card!

Karen S said...

I bet these are even more beautiful in person.

Eva said...

I like the scallops on the bottom of your card...great idea!

Jen Carter said...

This is so cute Chris! Great job!!

Anna said...

Love the embossed snowflakes! I almost made some tags too!

Christine said...

Great projects!

StampinCarol said...

Your card turned out wonderful after your "fix"!! And thanks for showing us the "before"!!

Mischelle smith said...

Oh Chris! I'm so glad you shared your card and story! Haven't we all had our own 'learning' experiences!

Tricia said...

How funny about the mistake! :-) I'm glad I'm not the only one who does things like that!! Very, very pretty card!!!

Chelsea said...

love your card!

Sharon said...

love your edging; great job

Glittered Paws said...

There are no mistakes in stamping that can't be "fixed" and you did a great job. Love the ornaments.

Michelle said...

Thanks for sharing your experience..helps me learn! I like how your card turned out...the embossing really adds to it! LOVE the idea of the tag pouch! TFS!

Angela K said...

Love your card! It is too bad about the crackle medium, that would have looked great if it had worked. I can not count the times that I have done something like that, it's called an "Artistic Detour"! :) TFS

Juliet A said...

I think your ornament card is very elegant, and I don't think I would have liked the crackle effect that much anyway. I bet you could use it over copics, though (but you couldn't have used copics to ink a stamp, I know). Layering the ornaments up looks good, even if you didn't NEED to do it. I especially like the layers of scallops at the bottom.

Your tag pouch looks like a fun little gift, too! I have half a mind to bring extra white cardstock and punch a bunch of tags next time I am over there!

Barb said...

Fabulous card, Chris! Love the clear embossing... great touch :)

Angela aka disneychick said...

What a neat looking card! Love the tag pouch too! I might need instructions on how to make one of those!