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Winter Blues Pinecone Edition

Hi friends! Today I'm popping in with a couple of cards I made with the September Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps release. I must be in my blue period as an artist, because I just can't stop reaching for blues as I create my holiday cards this year.

I recently watched a video from Mindy Eggen and couldn't get the technique out of my head. So I started off this card with white cardstock and tumbled glass, prize ribbon and chipped sapphire distress inks.  I blended with just a spotlight of the lighter color in the center, blending outward for a vignette look.  After that was dry I stamped the Pinecone Background over the card in white pigment ink.  I just love the soft, frosty look it gives.

Next I embossed the cross from Endless Love in silver on vellum cardstock.  I planned to just overlay the vellum over the background, but it didn't stand out as much as I wanted, so I inked a scrap of cardstock with tumbled glass ink, then adhered the vellum to it and cut out.  I popped the cross up on thin dimensional tape to make it pop, then finished off with the Merry Christmas sentiment embossed in silver under the cross.  A bit of shiny silver cardstock and a white card base and another Christmas card is in the books.

For my next card, I wanted to showcase some of the dies in this release.  For the background I had intended just a blue on blue stamped background, but when I decided the first blue was too light, and went to re-stamp the Pinecone Background with a darker blue, my mat shifted in my MISTI and I got a shadowy effect.  I liked how it looked, so decided to re-align and stamp with white pigment for a fun frosty background effect.

The snowflake is actually two different snowflake dies from the Large Snowflakes Die Set.  I die cut  each snowflake design three times and layered for dimension and stability, then coated both snowflakes with embossing ink and embossed with a clear sparkle embossing powder.  I then layered the smaller snowflake on top of the larger one with thin dimensional tape and finished off with some blue rhinestones for accent.  The decorative border strip is one of the dies from the Doily Borders Dies and I finished off the card with a sentiment strip embossed with a sentiment from the Christmas Wordfetti set.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a fantastic day!


JoAnn said...

Two beautiful cards. Love the first one with the cross and shades of blue. Happy accident on the second one as the background looks great. TFS

kiwimeskreations said...

What beautiful cards Julee - love the cross one and how the cross pops with the light blue behind the vellum. The 'frosty' pine cones are fabulous on the second card
Stay safe

Colleen said...

"No mistakes; just Happy Accidents." (quote by Bob Ross)

Love the looks of both cards, but I am really inspired by the Cross card. Simple and yet Very Elegant.. . makes for a very lovely Christmas card.

Enjoy your day and have a wonderful weekend.

Purple Princess said...

beautiful cards