Monday, October 28, 2013

A Little Bit O' Christmas

Well, Halloween is almost here so the cards are done - and I know Thanksgiving is next up at bat - but today I jumped right over to Christmas for two challenges.

First up I used a long forgotten technique that I learned over on Split Coast last year  (and LOVED!) called Faux Patina - here are Judy's instructions over on SCS.  And here's a close up of how this technique looks when you are done.
I made my card for the Addicted to Cas challenge - Code Word:  One Layer
 My card is one layer - just the card base -   I only added 4 little gold half pearls to it.
First, I embossed my card base after inking the front panel of the folder with Sahara Sand Ink. I removed the card and washed the ink off the folder. Then I sponged over the card with 3 inks, Taken With Teal, then Always Artichoke and finally with Really Rust.  To finish it off, I ran my Versamark ink over the embossing than sparingly sprinkled gold embossing powder over the top, brushing some of it off before using the heat gun as you only want the gold scattered around the card - not solid -  This is a really easy - really impressive looking technique don't you think?!  I love the soft subtle mix of all the colors on this.
For my next card - I was happy to use my Memory Box snow globe that has been sitting in it's little envelope since I bought it last year! 
I used Cas on Sunday sketch for my card  - pretty literally!

 
I used the snowfall die on the blue panel layering the Country Landscape die over it - I adhered some yellow cardstock behind the door and window.  The front panel is up on foam to give dimension to the winter scene. The Peace is from Nutcracker Sweet by Waltzingmouse.

Faux Patina Holidays
Paper - white - PTI
Ink:  Sahara Sand, Taken with Teal, Always Artichoke, Really Rust - SU, Versamark
Accessories:  Gold embossing powder, hot gun, Seasons Greetings Embossing folder - Provo Craft, sponges, gold pearls - Michaels, 

Peace Snow Globe
Stamps:  Peace from Nutcracker Sweet set - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  white, Summer Sunrise, Blueberry Sky, True Black - PTI, Brushed Silver - SU
Ink: Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  Dies - Snowfall, Country Landscape, Medium Snow Globe - Memory Box, foam tape.


24 comments:

scrappymo! said...

Two fabulous cards. i will have to give the faux metallic look a try. Yours is gorgeous...just the right amount of hsimmer and sheen.

Thge MB card is a keeper, for sure!

Annette Allen said...

both are gorgeous.. really love that first one..

Shilpa Nagaonkar said...

beautiful cards!

Pauline said...

Two gorgeous cards Julia! Your snow globe card is perfect, what a fabulous scene! And the faux patina card is stunning, absolutely gorgeous!

Dianne said...

Both cards are beautiful, love how you created the embossed card, and the globe is very lovely, thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day,...

Jill Norwood said...

Love both of these beautiful cards! The patina on the first card with the embossing is so striking! Love it! And your snow globe card is charming! Love the light in the houses!

Renee said...

Oh, Julia...
these are both gorgeous!!
I love the faux patina...
simply stunning!
And that snowglobe...
I got the little snowman globe last month...
and have the other dies too...
so I'm so gonna be stealing from you!:)

LeAnne said...

Oh my gosh....both of these cards are fabulous! I am going to be on the lookout for that gorgeous Christmas EF!!!

Mona Pendleton said...

Beautiful cards Julia! I love the gorgeous embossed panel and sweet little scene!

Cheryl said...

Beautiful cards! I love the technique you used for your one-layer card. Very striking.

Vicki Dutcher said...

Stunning one layered card with all those goodies added -- Love the snow globe card too!! Thanks for joining in with ATCAS!

Shelly said...

Such pretty cards!! :) Love your little snow globe! Thanks for playing with us at CAS on Sunday!

SmilynStef said...

Wowza girlfriend, you're on fire ... two fantastic card designs ... love them both.

Loll Thompson said...

Two fabulous cards Julia. LOVE all the texture on your faux patina card. Will have to give that technique a try!

And the globe with your silhouette of houses is adorable!! So creative. Loll xx

Joan B said...

Wow, these are both stunning.

Barb said...

This is fabulous Julia! I adore this evening scene...it's perfect!

Kylie said...

Wow, your card is beautiful. I love that you embossed your card base!! Thanks so much for playing along at ATCAS xx

Anja (scrappie) said...

Both cards are very pretty the first one is elegant and festive the second one is a great scenery. Thank you for joining us over at CAS on sunday.

Deepti said...

This is stunning, I love ur one layer glitzy card :) Thank you for sharing with us at ATCAS!!

Anneke said...

Thanks for joining the CAS on Sunday challenge!
Two lovely cards! The snow globe is awesome!

Kim S said...

I haven't tried the faux patina - it's a stunning look!!

Joanne (jojot) said...

both are so different and yet each is fabulous in their own way....LOVE the patina one layer card....

Sarah Gray said...

Beautiful cards - love that sweet snow globe, you have created a perfect scene! The technique on the first card gives a stunning result!

Janneke de Jong said...

Both cards are great ;o)
Thank you for joining us at CAS on Sunday!

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