Friday, October 19, 2007

Allison's Stampin When I Can Challenge

Hey Everyone! I made this card for Allison's "Stampin When I Can" Challenge/Blog Candy. The challenge is to create a b & w Christmas card. I worked on the card the other day but only now posting it because I was busy yesterday and didn't have the time to take the pictures of the cards. I love the simplicity of my card so I made more of them in different colors.

For the first card at the top. . .I stamped the image from the SU "True Friend" stamp set 4 times using Versamark ink, heat embossed the images with black embossing powder, cut out the images and layered each image on top of one another using foam tape to give the flower a 3D effect.

I then matted the image on 3 layers of black and white cardstock. I punched the corner with the SU Ticket Corner Punch and added the brads. I did the same thing with the sentiment and added clear Stickles to give the card a little bit of glittery look to it. The embossed background is a embossed card stock by DCWV.


Believe it or not, although the card looks very simple, it took a lot of steps to make this simple card. First the heat embossing, second, the cutting of the image, and third, outlining the edge of the mats with Gold Leaf Pen which took time to dry so I had to stop with each layer and wait before I could mount them together.

Leaf pens are FABULOUS for outling edges of cards because the end results are spectacular. It gives your edge the appearance of foil lining. The pens are a little pricey but well worth it if you want to make a professional foil lining appearance to your card.





Here is a silver one. The same process was used to create this card but with this one, I used a Silver Leaf Pen. Leaf pens come in three colors that I know of. . .gold, silver, and copper.

Not to change the subject but are you a multi-tasker? I'm terrible at multi-tasking but I do it all the time. I blog, email, blurf, comment, stamp, watch TV, prepare packages, create my sketches, etc. all at the same time. I'll hop to one task to another and back and forth. I'll even hop to doing chores like throwing clothes into the laundry or vacuum then hop back to stamping. Unfortunately, everything are always half way done. Ha!

What really throws me off is when my kids or husband ask me to get dressed because we need to go somewhere or one of my kids call from school asking me to drop off something or some sort of request while I'm in the middle of my task hopping. That really drives me NUTS!! For all you SAHM you know what I'm talking about. . .this is life but I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. I've worked all my adult life even while in high school until two years ago and I felt more fulfillment while being a SAHM than I've ever had from working.

Are you that way too? Are you a task hopper? Just curious.

Anyway, here is the simple sketch to the card.

18 comments:

Jen said...

great job on these very beautiful cards, Maria. You know I'm a task hopper too. It drives me nuts... but that's what keeps me going. Infact, this morning - I went from working on a SB, then to stamping images for a friend, then back to the SB....ugh! I want to stamp cards, but other lil' things I know are still lingering undone.

hugs,
Jen

Allison said...

These are awesome Maria...I can't believe how much work you put into this! Thanks for playing!

Penny said...

These are really very elegant! I love your style :)

malieta said...

You rocked this one Maria....I adore all three. So elegant and so beautiful...."you go girl"!
malieta:)

Diane said...

this card is so beautiful, it's breathtaking! I love simple black and white cards, they are just so clean and comforting to look at....at least to me!!

Sonya said...

Sooo beautiful! I love everything about the cards..wonderful job Maria!

Aimeslee said...

Multi-task much? Hello yes, all the time. It's like this big challenge to get the last couple of hanging chads done. I used to love it, and when I'm feeling good and rested, I still do, but being chronically ill isn't complimentary to m-tasking. So, my point is, I bet I suck at it worse than you do, LOLOL. Think of me when you are chiding yourself and feel better! LOL Great cards, as usual. I'm starting my Maria cards on 11-1, rain or shine!

Rita said...

Such elegant looking cards from an elegant lady! You always have a way of out doing yourself girl! These are beautiful! No can't say I multi task alot, I like to do things 1 thing at a time except with laundry.

Michelle said...

Wow, absolutely gorgeous, Maria!

Tracy.H said...

OMG!! Maria, these are absolutely beautiful!!

And yes, I too am a multi-tasker. It is more of not being able to focus. The kids always seem to distract me from what I was doing and then I get doing something else, and then remember what it was that I was doing...and so on! Yes, it can be very frustrating at times! :0)

Beth said...

Wowzers, you really pulled it off. I've been seeing cards reflecting this challenge, and nothing comes close to the job you did! Your cards are beautiful, Maria. The second one is my fav, although I do love that first one. So, so elegant. Wow.

dd2njoy said...

Stunning!!!What beautiful cards!!!

Ila said...

OMG!! Elegant and Beautiful!! I love both of them. Everything you've done on these cards is perfect!!
I am the same way Marie...with the multi tasking....and I too feel I am always getting things halfway done....(I use to be a clean freak)...now I am realizing life is too short too fret about the housework ect...reasonably clean and tidy is fine.

Jennifer R said...

Awesome cards girl. What a lot of work but such a beautiful end project. Well done and thanks for posting!
Jennifer
Calgary, Alberta

2 Worlds said...

These a re really great !

Dawn Easton said...

Oh my Maria! These are gorgeous! So elegant looking!!! I like to think I'm really organized and don't hop around but I think if you ask my husband he'd say I have a million different things on the go! LOL!

Flossie's Follies said...

WOW, these cards are beautiful, it is amazing how switching the sentiment background can make such a differently, love them all.

Heather said...

I don't comment on your cards often enough. these are so elegant and gorgeous!

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