Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Let it snow ( but not here please!)

Hello all!
Now it's not that I don't like snow but as we're planning to hop across the ocean back to the UK for Christmas, the last thing I need is a snowstorm to mess things up!  So by all means, let it snow but in those places that need it - ski resorts, the North Pole etc - just not New Jersey!!

                    Although I have finished and mailed my Christmas cards for this year - don't hate me, I  mail so many to England that I have to get them done early - I'm still making the odd ones here and there.  I can always save them for next year :)  I saw a challenge over at Simon Says Stamp & Show which was to take inspiration from Tim Holtz's 12 tags of Xmas and decided to give it a go.  This is a bit out of my comfort zone but I thought it was time for a change - you don't know until you try.  I can't say I'm totally happy with the end result and I don't really know why - maybe I need to do some more playing and get used to it.  I did spend a lot of time making the card though hence the blog post - I would welcome any constructive criticism (I think!).

   I watched some of the many Tim Holtz video clips on the tags and decided to use some embossing techniques and Distress Ink blending.  The background is an old music score and I heat embossed some stamped TH snowflakes on it with white embossing powder - then I inked it up with Distress inks, sprayed it with some Perfect Pearls and flicked some water droplets on it.  The bottom strip is torn corrugated scrap card with a heavy coating of embossing powder and Stickles and I cut the Xmas trees with my Cameo and both dry and heat embossed them (they're lovely and glossy IRL).  I added a few embellies in the bottom corner and some small punched out snowflakes, sparkly letter stickers and gems.

  I don't think I'm too keen on the bottom left corner - it makes it look unbalanced and the OCD side of me doesn't like that!  Anyway, it's done and it's one for the stockpile for next year.
          I would like to enter it into the challenges at -
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Shelby said...

I think it turned out great and love the colors and all of the dimension and texture you've add. It may be that your eye isn't used to this style yet, cuz it sure looks good on my computer screen.


Sandra said...

beautiful card dawn !!
The colors are very nice!!
Let's hope there will be no snow for you now :)

Dan said...

This is a lovely card, great textures and frosty colours! Thanks so much for joining us for this week's Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge!

Carla S. said...

Wow! This turned out gorgeous, Dawn! I love the background and the embossed trees! Wonderful details! I am sure this is even more spectacular IRL!

Tress said...

Beautiful, Dawn! The card is gorgeous, but I agree that the lower left corner is a bit...off... To my eye, it is the little white bow on the silver button that needs replacing. Maybe a bigger bow made of white translucent ribbon? Just a thought. And even without any changes the card is lovely!

Unknown said...

I love everything about this. The colours absolutely gorgeous background colour is highlighted perfectly bythe white embellishemnts that really 'pop' from the page.
Just perfect!

Thanks for joining us as Crafty Bloggers Network

Penny said...

You know, Dawn, you don't have to rub it in my face that you are stockpiling cards, while I am desperately trying to make enough for this year. So there. ;^) (Evil grin.)
And somebody is going to be very lucky next year to receive this beauty! I love every single thing you did or added to this creation. And I don't think it looks unbalanced--and we both know I am more OCD than you. So there again!
Big hugs, Penny

Vicki Dutcher said...

Awesome inspired card! Love the layering!

Sandra Carey said...

Love the trees on your card Beautiful Thanks for Joining us at Love to Create This week Hugs Sandra DT xx

Ger said...

Great card, lovely inking and embossing. Thankyou for joining us this week at ABC Challenges

Pryn said...

This is GORGEOUS!!! I do not see it as being unbalanced at all my dear OCD Sistah! The 3 snowflakes in the upper right corner of the card help balance your embellie cluster. See? It's perfect just the way it is :D

Love and hugs to you my DT Sistah!

Rosie Gustafson said...

What a wonderful card, the tres, snowflakes and colors are just beautiful. Thank you for joining us at ABC Challenges. Hugs Xx Rosie

Tracy said...

We are our own worst critics aren't we. LOL I don't see anything wrong with it. I think there's lots of interest and texture and that makes it fun. I don't hate, but I am jealous of your organization. LOL Hugs!

Unknown said...

This is beautiful.

Anna-Karin said...

Lovely card! The background looks great and I love those textured trees and the embellishment cluster in the left corner. Thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

Danielle Vincent said...

Oh I think its a beautiful card and it doesn't look unbalance to me at all - just absolutely lovely! Thanks for joining us this week at 'ABC'Challenges.

Patricia St Martin said...

You did wonderful job with that background, I just love all of Tim Holtz stuff. and with all the white texture it sure make everything stand out. Your card turned out just stunning.
Hugs, Patricia

Patty Gorka said...

Ha....LOL I love your title....let it snow, but not here! I was just telling my friend that we need some snow. It doesn't feel like Christmas yet without any snow.

Your card is simply gorgeous! I really like how your trees turned out. Thanks for playing along this week at ABC Challenges!

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

Very pretty! And so creative - adding a ticket to the corner is fun!

Thank you for participating in ABC Challenges this week!

Crafty and Green said...

Beautiful!! Thank you so much for playing with us this week for our "Anything Goes" Challenge at Love to Create!! Please Come back and play with us again really soon!

Many Blessings,
Crafty and Green

Kathi said...

Stunning card. Absolutely lovely.

I especially love the whimsical touch you added with the admission ticket.