Hi! I had the opportunity to spend this past weekend at a retreat with some seriously amazing crafty ladies. Not only did I laugh until my sides hurt, I was able to glean some amazing inspiration just by being in the room with them. (Learning by osmosis? Possibly.) I created several different bits and pieces, and I spent yesterday morning using them to finish off some cards. This first one is an homage to rose gold. Not a traditional holiday color, but what does “traditional” really mean anymore? I enjoy red and green, silver and gold, but I love a good, non-traditional holiday card.
The intricacy of this ornament die set from Concord and 9th’s Ornamental (C9|SSS|EH) is absolutely stunning. There are so many ways to customize your ornaments… the sky is the limit. I saw some beautiful ornaments this weekend using this die set created from foil paper and knew that I just had to make my own when I got home. I had a package from Simon Says Stamp waiting for me when I got home, containing a package of Tonic Rose Gold Burnished Foil Papers. These foil papers picked up the details in these dies beautifully. I die cut the detailed layer from this lovely Rose Gold Foil, then added a solid ornament die cut behind it, cut from some glitter paper from a DCWV 6×6 stack.
(Please excuse the poor lighting in this photo. Fall has decided to arrive, but along with it has come some dreary gray skies and rain. Beggars can’t be choosers, I guess. But gray skies=sad photos.)
After completing my ornament, I stamped some of the individual holiday florals and foliage from the Ornamental (C9|SSS|EH) stamp set using Blush ink from Altenew on a white card base. I wanted a very subtle background, one that wouldn’t detract from the intricacy of the die cut ornament. I added the ornament to the card front, off-setting it a bit and trimming off the edge. For the greeting, I used a standalone Concord and 9th die set that was released last month: Season of Cheer (C9|SSS|EH). I die cut all three pieces from some charcoal card stock, then backed the banner bits with some vellum to really make those letters stand out. I adhered them to the ornament. I covered the “Cheer” with some Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen, then added some Nuvo Crystal Glaze to really make it pop.
For a few finishing touches, I added a twine bow around the top of the ornament, then added a few little Studio Katia silver foil gems here and there. (They’re new and they catch the light beautifully.) Lots of different textures and layers on this card, but I think it will still mail fairly easily!
That’s all for me today! Have a marvelous Wednesday!