Saturday, November 18, 2017

Dahlia Turnabout

Today's card is courtesy of an ingenious design from Concord & 9th that I've been working with for a few days.  I'm going to give you fair warning here that this is going to be a very picture heavy post.  Concord & 9th has some of the most innovative and well engineered products on the market and this one is phenomenal. In recent months, they have released several of the "Turnabout" Style stamps but they were all geared to being background stamps. Customers had asked for a smaller version that could be used in a Mini MISTI and they delivered as well as trying out a new type of die in the same Turnabout Style.

The Dahlia Turnabout Bundle is the stamp set and the die in one bundle and because you are buying them together, you get a bit of a discount vs. purchasing them separately. They are each available for purchase separately if you aren't sure about the die. The cool thing about the die is that it works the same way as the stamp, requiring anywhere from 1- 4 rotations depending on the look you want.  For the first card I made, I opted to use just one die cut position to allow my Rose Gold Metallic Cardstock to show through.

For this first time using the stamp, I didn't get my paper lined up perfectly for the stamping, but it is good enough.  I don't say that lightly because I am a perfectionist.  But the petals on a flower wouldn't be all perfectly symmetrical so this is okay. I used Sweet Blush, Berry Sorbet and Pure Poppy Inks for this card and some Rose Gold Metallic Card stock that I found at Michael's when I was doing some borders for a wedding album back in the spring.  I bought extra sheets because I had such a hard time finding it. I die cut the "awesome" (a Waffle Flower Die) from the same Rose Gold.  The "You're" is from an older stamp set by Concord & 9th called Being Classy and I stamped it in Versamark on a little angled banner and heat set it with Ranger Copper Metallic Embossing Powder.  That was the first Concord & 9th product I ever bought.  It was the perfect size for this card.

I think you can see where the die cuts from this photo that I took this morning.  It was dark outside when I tried to photograph this card last night so I didn't post a very good picture although I did get one up on Instagram.

Greg from Concord & 9th did a video and so did Jennifer McGuire on how to use the stamp.  When I made my first card, Greg's video was the only one up. Jennifer's went up just as soon as I finished my card. Jennifer highlights a few ways to use this set and shows a few other products as well.

These cards are for a card drive that I am participating in and shows just a few of the many color combinations that you could use.  The colors are listed below in the linked supply list.


After I had made a few of these, I wanted to make a Christmas Card so I grabbed some Jewel Toned Inks and some gold foiled cardstock along with the Believe Stamp and Die Set from Simon Says Stamp and made this lovely card.

One of the rotations of ink is stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold Embossing Powder done twice.  Jennifer McGuire showed this technique a couple of weeks ago and since I love gold, I loved learning it.  It just helps make the embossing pop a lot more and I only did two layers here on the bloom.  The Sentiment was only done once.  It's a little hard to see the gold foiled die cut sentiment, so I popped another view in here for you so you can see that it is there.


Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I'll be adding this Christmas Card to the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #84 and to the Tic Tac Toe Challenge.



Stamper's Select White Cardstock
Stamper's Select White Cardstock
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Pure Poppy Cardstock
Pure Poppy Cardstock
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Pure Poppy Ink
Pure Poppy Ink
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Simon Says Stamp Merlot Ink
Simon Says Stamp Merlot Ink
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Simon Says Stamp Evergreen Ink
Simon Says Stamp Evergreen Ink
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Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold Embossing Powder
Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold Embossing Powder
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Simon Says Stamp Believe Stamp Set
Simon Says Stamp Believe Stamp Set
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Simon Says Stamp Believe Wafer Die
Simon Says Stamp Believe Wafer Die
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Concord & 9th Dahlia Bundle
Concord & 9th Dahlia Bundle
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Waffle Flower Awesome Word Die
Waffle Flower Awesome Word Die
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Concord & 9th Being Classy Bundle
Concord & 9th Being Classy Bundle
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Kokuyo Long Dot Runner Adhesive
Kokuyo Long Dot Runner Adhesive
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Simon Says Stamp Maliblue
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Simon Says Stamp Audrey Blue Ink
Simon Says Stamp Audrey Blue Ink
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Simon Says Stamp Island Blue Ink
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Simon Says Stamp Soft Navy Ink
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Papertrey Ink Hawaiian Shores Cardstock
Papertrey Ink Hawaiian Shores Cardstock
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Papertrey Ink Perfect Match Sweet Blush Ink
Papertrey Ink Perfect Match Sweet Blush Ink
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Papertrey Ink Perfect Match Berry Sorbet Ink
Papertrey Ink Perfect Match Berry Sorbet Ink
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Ranger Copper Metallic Superfine Detail Embossing Powder
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Simon Says Stamp Lucky Ink
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Card Concept {Retro Holiday}

Hello everyone and welcome to a new challenge at The Card Concept.  This challenge we have a theme of Retro Holiday.  I had the hardest time deciding which way to go with this challenge but I finally settled on Retro looking ornaments and used the Vintage Ornaments II Collection of stamps and dies designed by Dawn McVey for Papertrey Ink.

There are no special techniques or anything here.  I used a piece of green shimmer cardstock leftover from a wedding album I did several years ago for the background panel. I prepared my surface for heat embossing by using a powder tool on it then stamped the ornament outlines onto watercolor paper using Versamark with Antique Gold Embossing Powder. Once I heat set them, I stamped the interior pieces with Hibiscus Burst Ink and Tropical Teal Ink and misted it just a bit with water before stamping it into place. For the highlights I used Summer Sunrise Ink. This just allows the edges to soften a bit to get a better blend of color.  Each of the different parts of the ornament is a different stamp so you can use a variety of colors or just a couple of colors. 


I die cut some gold foiled cardstock using the Tim Holtz Holiday Greens Dies as my tree branches.  I stamped a coordinating "Merry Christmas" Sentiment from the Beautiful Berries: Winter Stamp Set in the same gold embossing powder onto Aqua Mist Cardstock and attached that with some 3D Foam Tape.

This was really simple to create.  I have the original version of Vintage Ornaments from Papertrey and I'm thinking I better get that set out and create some of those as well.  If you have time, create the ornaments ahead of time. They don't have to be heat embossed, I just enjoy doing that. You can make several so that if you need to pull a card together quickly, you can. When I'm working with a specific set, I always make a few extras because until I lay the design out on my card front, I'm not sure how many I might want.  This is also good to do in case you mess one up which I have been known to do from time to time.  Any extras that I don't use, I just tuck into the stamp pocket with the stamp set.  

Be sure to stop over at The Card Concept Challenge Blog to see all of the projects from the Design Team Members.  There are some fantastic cards from my teammates.  

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Papertrey Ink November 2017 Create Along With Us

It's time for the November 2017 Papertrey Ink Create Along With Us Challenge which is a monthly occurrence most of the time.  I have been inspired by all the lovely snowflake cards and tags this release and I've been anxious to use my Silver White Winters Stamps and Coordinating Dies. I started with a white, top folding card base made from Stamper's Select White Cardstock, an A2 panel of Night Sky Shimmer Cardstock die cut with an A2 Stitched Rectangle Die from WPLUS9, Versamark Ink and some Silver Embossing Powder.  I cut one of each of the snowflakes from Silver Cardstock and then attached the small one on top of the larger one in the same design. I used Ranger Multi Medium Matte to do this. Once that was dry, I set a crystal in the center of the snowflakes, also with Ranger Multi Medium.  Then I placed the the snowflakes loosely on that panel so I could arrange my swooshes and greeting stamps how I wanted them. I put that A2 panel in my Mini MISTI so I would be able to stamp it twice if wanted or needed to.  In this case it was a want.

I inked it lightly in Versamark and heat set it with Silver Embossing Powder.  I don't have any Fine Detail Silver (although I added some to my cart at Papertrey for my next order) so I had to keep a gentle touch with what I was doing.  After I heat set my stamping, I lightly inked it up again with Versamark and Silver Embossing Powder and heat set it then repeated it one more time, giving it three layers of heat embossing.  This really adds a ton of dimension.  Because my silver powder is not a Fine Detail Powder, I couldn't keep the swooshes as fine as the stamp but in this instance, I was going for a bolder embossed looked.  I'm telling you, I love this technique for adding dimension but you definitely must use a light touch and add layers rather than trying to go heavy handed and do it less times. I do have some Ranger Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder that is Fine Detail Powder, but I felt it was too gunmetal grey for these shiny silver snowflakes.  I used Silver Mirror Board from Do Crafts for my die cuts. 



That's it for today.  I hope you like my card and will come back another day.  I'll be back tomorrow with my card for The Card Concept Challenge.  Thank you so much for stopping by!   

Monday, November 13, 2017

White on White Challenges

Good Morning, Everyone! Today I have a project for a few challenges. I will be participating in the Inspired By All The Little Things with a gorgeous photo to inspire us, The Paper Players Challenge with a color challenge theme of White on White and the Tic Tac Toe Challenge using the center row across of Die Cut, Free, & Leaf. I've actually been watching for a White On White Challenge to come from somewhere and I felt pretty lucky today that I get to make 1 card for more than one challenge this time around. It doesn't happen very often. I can regularly combine one project with 2 challenges but I've only ever done one card with 3 challenges a few other times.


I saw quite a few white on white challenges this time last year so I've had in my mind for the last few weeks what I would create if I saw another one.  Part of the trick of doing white on white is texture so that each layer has something it offers that is different from the other layers.  For my card, I knew I wanted to use my Poinsettia Dies from Spellbinders to create my card which both cuts and embosses the die cuts. I wanted something that would emboss well so I chose #140 Watercolor Paper which is thicker and heavier than my normal white cardstock.  I took three A2 sized panels and misted them with Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist from Tattered Angels.  I buy mine directly from Canvas Corp. I also did an A2 panel of Linen Cardstock at this time so it would have time to dry before I die cut it for my background panel.  Because those two papers are such different textures, it adds that interest when you see it in real life.  I also used a couple of the Tim Holtz Sizzix Holiday Greens Dies for some extra foliage.  

Once everything was dry I started die cutting all of my pieces beginning with the Spellbinders Hem Stitched Rectangle in the largest size.  This cuts the panel to be about 1/8th inch smaller than your card base.  I embossed it as well to give it that extra bit of detailing on the panel.  I mounted that to my card base made from Gina K Designs Heavy Base Weight White Cardstock.  I got several colors of this card stock when I ordered my Stamp TV Merry & Bright Kit last month which was a fun way to try out some of the colors.  I really love the #80 Layering Weight White and the #100 Heavy Base Weight White depending on what I am using it for.  It is the absolute smoothest, silkiest white cardstock I've used. It isn't as heavy as Stamper's Select White from Papertrey Ink, but I know there will be occasions where I want to use it and this was one of those times. The color is a little different than Stamper's Select White as well and I felt it was a better match to the not so stark white of the watercolor paper and the Papertrey Ink Fresh Snow Linen Cardstock I was using.  I like to have options so that I can choose the best fit at the time. Only the White Cardstock is a different feel.  The rest seems comparable to the Papertrey Ink Cardstock I am already using and that I have been very happy with.  I'm not one to think I have to have all of the inks in all of the colors and all of the brands, (you could go broke trying) so I want my ink to match my cardstock and Papertrey Ink's Perfect Match Ink and Cardstock system is fantastic and I am planning to stick with it. 


I took all my die cuts and started assembling the poinsettia blooms and the foliage and laying it out on my card.  I used Ranger Multi Medium Matte to adhere the flowers together using the top two layers for the smaller bloom and the top three layers for the larger bloom.  There is also a 4th and larger layer but I felt that was too big for my card. I used some pre-arranged little pearl clusters for the center of the poinsettias attaching them with Ranger Multi Medium Matte as well. They come with sticky dots on the back but Multi Medium holds much better, even through the mail. Then I started assembling my card.  I adhered the Hemstitched Rectangle to a top folding white card base using my Kokuyo Tape Runner.  For the foliage I used Multi Medium Matte with an acrylic block sitting on the top for a few minutes to give it time to adhere.  Then I added the poinsettia blooms.  Once I had everything attached, I used my Wink of Stella Clear Shimmer Pen over the flower and foliage that was showing. Even though I had spritzed with shimmer spritz, this really added a lot more shimmer to the flowers although you may not be able to see it in the picture.  My current Wink of Stella seems to have a particularly high concentration of shimmer in it.  

After that I die cut the tag from the Keep It Simple Frames Dies little tag banner from some of the leftover watercolor paper scraps.  I chose the Merry Christmas greeting from Beautiful Berries: Winter Stamp Set and heat embossed that with Antique Gold Embossing Powder and then repeated it for a double heat embossed sentiment. I used the Mini MISTI for this.  Jennifer McGuire did this technique a week or two ago and I love the difference it makes in my embossing so you'll be seeing this technique often.  For the final touch, I wanted to put a brad or something in the hole on the tag.  I chose a Christmas Tree brad (it was silver when I started) and covered it with Versamark and then gold embossing powder and heat set it.  I let that cool and then did a second coat on that as well.  


I absolutely love how this card turned out and I am really happy to get to enter it in a few places this week!  This card predominantly consists of die cutting so it went very fast.  You could do lots of die cutting and then sit and assemble the flowers how you want them. I added extra layers to the ones I've created here, but you definitely don't have to. I did because I knew I wanted to go all out for this card.  You could also use larger single pearls or Liquid Pearls or Tonic Nuvo Drops for the flower centers which will also make assembly go fast.  If you have white pearls and want them to be a different color, use an alcohol based marker to change the color (such as a Copic marker).

To get a larger version of the images, right click and "open in a new tab" and it will bring up a larger image for you to see.  Thank you so much for stopping by today!  We have about 11 days left before we go for the Finger Christmas in November Dinner and I have several more projects in mind to share with you so I hope you'll come back often.  

Friday, November 10, 2017

Day 7 of the Official We Love Dawn Blog Hop with Papertrey Ink

Today is the 7th and last day of the Official We Love Dawn Blog Hophonoring Dawn McVey and her joy filled heart, even in the midst of 7 years of very trying circumstances.  I speak from experience when I say that being sick a lot is difficult and being sick every single day can suck the joy, peace and hope right out of you.  Yet, through it all, Dawn has maintained a positive attitude.  I've only known Dawn via the paper crafting industry for about 2 years when I first found Papertrey Ink.  It was December of 2015 and now I don't know how I missed them for so long. I love their products and they just seem to suit my style so much.

Today's card uses a couple of sets designed by Dawn.  The first is "A Thrill of Hope" which features many faith based holiday sentiments for Christmas Cards.  This particular verse is my favorite of the set and the typography is fantastic.

I started by die cutting a stitched rectangle from gold foiled cardstock for the background.  Then I die cut a smaller hem stitched rectangle (Spellbinders) from the Scarlet Shimmer Cardstock.  I knew that I wanted to use the Holiday Greens Borders Stamps and Dies to create at least one border, so I cut a piece of 4.5 inch x 6 inch Stamper's Select White Cardstock and then cut two of the berry borders from that piece of cardstock.  That way, I could make sure they stamped end to end (the full 5.5 inches) but I could keep the cardstock in place using my Mini MISTI with the die cut negative as my placeholder.  This just makes it incredibly easy to stamp the two layers while keeping everything aligned.  I stamped the greenery in Ripe Avocado Ink and the berries in Scarlet Jewel Ink.

For the sentiment, I went over the Scarlet Shimmer rectangle with my powder tool which is especially important with vellum or shimmer cardstock.  Because the surface is a bit slicker, I find that any residual oils or lotions on my hands are even likelier to trap stray particles of embossing powder so I always make sure to use my powder tool first.   I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and heat set it.  Then I adhered that onto the lower right hand side of the larger background panel so that I could put the greenery on the top and left sides of the sentiment panel.  Once I had the greenery added, I went over all of the berries with my Wink of Stella Clear Shimmer Pen which you may or may not be able to see here. 


For a finishing touch, I added a few gold sequins for a touch of elegance. The way the light caught the shimmer cardstock here, it looks lighter than it actually is.  While not as deep a color, it is a good match to the Scarlet Jewel Ink that I used for the berries.

I hope you've enjoyed this week long festival of projects I've made using products from Papertrey Ink and all the Stamp and Dies that were designed by Dawn. You can read more about Dawn's Journey and help with fundraising efforts on their behalf here.

If you'd like to send a card to Dawn you can do that at this address:

Dawn McVey
PO Box 25322
Overland Park, KS 66213
*Updated Address 11/17/2017*

Thank you so much for checking out my posts each day this week and I hope you'll come back soon.  Dawn is doing incredibly well since her transplant. 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Day Six - Official We Love Dawn Bloghop with Papertrey Ink

There is just one more day after today to enter up your projects showing support for Dawn McVey who is doing fantastic following her transplant.  As far as I can tell, she doesn't know that we've created this surprise for her.  I'm pretty sure she is occupied with other things right now.  *Ü*  Friendly Flowers is another beautiful floral set designed by Dawn for Papertrey Ink. There are two sets of dies to go with this set if you want to have the coordinating dies; Friendly Flower Die which cuts the largest flower and Friendly Flower Extras to cut the other flowers and both set of leaves.  Not only do I dislike fussy cutting, but I also seem not to be able to do it very well so it's a good thing they make the dies.

I had a few more of Dawn's designs sitting on my desk to work with this week and this was one of them.  I also had Basic Bookmark #3, and It's The Thought which also has coordinating dies although I didn't use them here.

I started by die cutting a few of each size bloom from Stamper's Select White Cardstock and then used my negatives as placeholders I did my stamping.  I wanted to use a variety of pinks (Dawn's Favorites) so I grabbed several ink pads.  I ended up using Lovely Lady, Hibiscus Burst and Raspberry Fizz for the flowers with Ripe Avocado Ink for the leaves.  The flower centers were all stamped with Raspberry Fizz and then I added these faceted dimensional jewels that I had in my stash for the flower centers. They came in three different sizes and were a fun little pop to add to my blooms.  This won't mail very well in a regular A2 sized Envelope because of the thickness but I always have a good supply of padded mailers on hand so I am planning to use one of those.

I created a top folding card base made from Stampers Select White Cardstock, and die cut a stitched rectangle die from Hibiscus Burst Cardstock.  The bookmark was also die cut from Stampers Select White. I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and heat embossed with Antique Gold Embossing Powder, then attached that to the Hibiscus Burst background panel and then that to the White Card Base.  After that, I arranged all the flowers how I wanted and then picked them up with Press-N-Seal to keep the arrangement how I wanted it.  I picked the arrangement up and flipped it over to put Ranger Multi Medium Matte on the backside and then flipped it again and adhered it. Anything that was not firmly tucked in got another little squeeze of Multi Medium to secure it.


I hope you've been enjoying all of the cards that have been entered into the link up this week.  If you haven't seen all of the beautiful projects, you can find the post and the link up here.

Thanks so much for dropping by today!  I will have one more project for this week's hop featuring a sentiment from A Thrill of Hope Stamp Set which is my favorite for Christian themed Christmas Cards.  I hope you'll stop back by!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Day Five of the We Love Dawn Blog Hop

I am doing a very quick post for today's card and the Blog Hop in support of Dawn McVey.  These are all things I have used recently and I did do any new techniques.  I had several elements leftover from Day 1 of this hop (Spruce & Sprigs) and I wanted to try to come up with an arrangement that would use them. I also wanted to combine Pinefeather Cardstock with Hawaiian Shores because I've seen that combination on another site and thought it was really lovely and somewhat unexpected!

I started by die cutting a stitched rectangle panel from the Pinefeather Bitty Big Plaid and then attached that to a top folding Stamper's Select White Card Base and then cut a smaller stitched rectangle from Hawaiian Shores Cardstock and adhered that on top of the Plaid.  Next I die cut three of the berry wreaths from Pinefeather Cardstock and adhered them, but offset from each other to make the wreath appear fuller.  Then I simply placed my elements into a pleasing arrangement and placed Press N Seal over the top to keep the arrangement in place. When you pick up the Press N Seal, the arrangement stays in place. Simply flip it over and apply liquid adhesive (Ranger Multi Medium Matte) to all the parts that are visible.

When you flip it back, you can move the piece of Press N Seal (including the arrangement) around to determine best placement for your greenery. Laurie Willison (Soapbox Creations) came up with this little trick and it's fabulous. Here's a link to one of her posts where she has some videos linked up.  I set a couple of acrylic blocks on top of my arrangement while I let the bottom layers of greens attach.  After a couple of minutes I removed the blocks and the Press N Seal and then added Ranger Multi Medium Matte to any of the pieces that were still loose and tucked them in one at a time to be sure everything was attached and secure.  The banner is one from Wine Bottle Tag II and is stamped with a sentiment from Vintage Ornaments II.


This was a perfect solution to use those extra elements in a card.  I only have one little branch left and I stamped it kind of wonky, so it can go in the garbage can.  This would be a great card for anyone who loves a bright pop of color.

Thank you for stopping by today.  There are just two more days left in the We Love Dawn Blog Hop and I plan to have something for each day.  Be sure to come back and to check out all of the gorgeous cards in the Link-Up over at Papertrey.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Day Four of the We Love Dawn Blog Hop

For Day Four of the Official We Love Dawn Blog Hop, I am using two of Dawn's Stamp Sets and another one that is also Papertrey Ink.  This card is also for The Paper Players Challenge, Holiday Pines, which you can find here.  I think it was last year that the Holiday Greens Borders Stamp Set  was released.  There is also Holiday Greens and both sets have the coordinating dies found here and here.  I happen to love this row of pine branches and I used it a lot last year.  This is my first time using it this year but with the companion die, it is so easy to create a row of pine across the top of a vertical or horizontal card.

I was going for a Rustic look, so I decided to use a sheet of the wood grain patterned paper pack that I picked up last time I was in Dallas visiting my daughter and my grand kids. Since I was planning to use Pinefeather Cardstock for my greens I chose this wood grain with the green tint to it.  There are several different shades in this paper pad, from grey to brown and a lot of colors in between.  The sheets in this paper pad are 5.5 inches wide by 7.5 inches tall and since I wanted to be able to get two cards out of one sheet, I cut the sheet in half, then put it into my stitched rectangle die which just put the stitch line on it but didn't actually cut anything.  The Pine Border was tall enough to cover the rest of the card panel so that I could get two cards out of it. I attached the wood grain panel with tape runner. 

I needed to heat emboss my sentiment before I could move on to the rest of my card so I chose this greeting from Dawn's A Thrill of Hope Stamp Set.  I think it's a bit hard to read here but it says, "Season Greetings to you and those you love.  May joy dance around you like snowflakes from above."

Today I used the same technique for the pine branch border that I did for yesterday's card which was to stamp, heat emboss and repeat until I had 4 layers.  Let me just say, it took four tries today before I got one right.  Since the border stamp is a bit wider than the background it was very tricky to get it lined up in the exact same place. I didn't have the corner to use in my Misti as I usually do, so my first three attempts were unsuccessful.  Once I had the heat embossing finished, I die cut it using the coordinating die.  I used 3D Foam Tape to mount that to my card base which then covered the rest of the card front.  The ornament is What The Doodle Ornament that was colored previously.


And another card using the leftovers from the wood grain paper.  I used Limitless Layers 2¼" Squares for the gold foil frame and the insert from the same set to die cut the greeting.  I'm sorry you can't really see the gold frame.  As you know, it's hard to photograph. 


There are still three more days in this hop so I will have more projects for you this week. Be sure to stop back by later in the week to check out all of the finished projects. Thanks for stopping today.