Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Christmas in July

Here in the Northeast we are in the midst of a lonnnnnng stretch of hot, muggy weather.  While creating this card, it reminded me that it will eventually cool down.  Maybe everyone is experiencing the heat because two of the three challenges I used are "Christmas in July".  The challenges are:  52 (Christmas) Card Throwdown July Sketch #19, The Paper Players Challenge #153, and ABC Challenge #36.

For my card, I chose to rotate the sketch 90 degrees because of the stamp I wanted to use.  The card base is Cherry Cobbler card stock.  A layer of Petals-a-Plenty embossed Whisper White card stock was spritzed with retired Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint mixed with alcohol and attached to the card front.  A piece of Snow Festival designer paper was matted with Cherry Cobbler card stock and added to the card.  The image from the 
Bells and Boughs stamp set was heat embossed on Whisper White card stock with VersaMark and Gumball Green embossing powder mixed with Dazzling Diamonds.  I'm a diabetic and I have lots of empty test strip containers.  That's what I use to mix and store the different embossing powders mixed with Dazzling Diamonds - tight lid and small enough to not take up a lot of room.  The sentiment is from the Petite Pairs stamp set and also heat embossed using Gold embossing powder.  The layer was matted with Cherry Cobbler card stock.  Gold brads were added to the center of the flowers and the layer attached to the card using Dimensionals.  The heat doesn't seem to be letting up any time soon so what else can you do but stay inside keeping cool and being creative.  We have to conserve our energy, don't we?  Enjoy your day.

Stampin' Up! Products Used 
Stamp Sets:  Petite Pairs (w-#122495/c-#122497); Bells and Boughs (retired)
Ink:  VersaMark (#102283)
Card Stock/Designer Paper:  Cherry Cobbler Card Stock (#119685); Whisper White Card stock (#100730); Snow Festival Designer Series Paper (retired)
Tools:  Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439); Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder (#116824); Heat Tool (#129053)
The Finishing Touches:  Gumball Green Stampin' Emboss Powder (#128981); Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter (#102023); Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder (#109129); Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430); Gold Brads (retired); Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint (retired)



LeAnne said...

Hm....if I close my eyes and think of holly boughs, it does cool me off a bit! So glad you played the Christmas in July challenge this week! Stay cool!

Patricia H said...

Patti, this is all-around fabulous! I really like the traditional color scheme and the striped paper. The embossed layer adds a lot of visual interest, but still gives the card a clean and simple vibe.
I'm so glad you participated in this week's challenge at 52{C}CT! :) I hope you'll join us again soon.

Mynnette said...

Patti, this is absolutely beautiful! LOVE the dry embossed white and the colors really POP off of it! Thanks for joining us at 52CCT! :)

Danielle Vincent said...

A gorgeous card! I too love the embossed main panel and the striped paper. Thanks so much for joining us this week at 52CCT!

Nance Leedy said...

OMG, mixing EP and DD is a great idea! Love the effect and all the glitter and shine on this must be sooo pretty IRL. Love it, Patti! So glad you joined us at The Paper Players this week!

Ann Schach said...

What a great effect with the addition of Dazzling Diamonds with Embossing Powder! I LOVE it! This is an awesome card, Patti! Thanks for playing with The Paper Players!

Ruth M said...

Such a beautiful card Patti, I love the crisp white embossing and the pop of rich colours! Love the sparkly embossing powder you made, what a perfect addition to a Christmas card!
Thanks so much for playing along with us at 52 {C}CT, please come back soon! Ruth x

Louise van Vuren said...

Love the cherry cobbler and green combo, Patti. Great take on the sketch - you've created a fab Christmas card! Thanks for playing along with us again this week at 52 CCT

Louise xx

Anne Marie Hile said...

Patti, this is such a wonderful holiday card! I love the layout. The tilted layer really adds such a pop to the card design. I love the textured backgroud, too. Thank you so much for joining us this week at the Paper Players! :)

Patty Gorka said...

What a pretty Christmas card! I can certainly see making this for my holiday cards this year and I really like how you did the image.

Thanks for playing along with us at ABC Challenges!

Deborah Frings said...

A beautifully elegant card! I do like the dry embossed background and fab embossing on the front panel. Love it! Thanks so much for playing along with 52CCT this week!