December 7, 2012

GOLD EMBOSSED TREE

When I set out to create a few Christmas cards for my workshop this month, I wanted one to portray elegance -- the epitome of posh.

I am totally in love with Stampin' Up!'s Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, and thought it would work wonderfully well with the tree from the Snow Swirled set. I was right!

What is more exquisite than gold (or silver) heat embossing against Night of Navy card stock? Nothing, I say. Add to that the fact that the card is doubly embossed -- both dry embossing and heat embossing


Do you see what I mean? It possesses a sort of a Byzantine eloquence without the overt 
religious symbolism. Once again, Wikipedia gives a bit more insight into my reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byzantine_art

The card, while appearing to be fairly complicated, is really quite easy and fun to create. 
To recreate this double embossed card:

Supplies:
Snow Swirled stamp set

Naturals Ivory card stock
Night of Navy card stock

VersaMark Ink

Big Shot
Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder
Heat Tool
Embossing Buddy
Gold Embossing Powder
Metallic Star
Stampin' Dimensionals
Bone Folder
Brayer

Instructions:
Fold a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of Naturals Ivory card stock in half, creasing well with a bone folder.

Run a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Night of Navy card stock through the Big Shot inside the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder.

Rub this embossed piece with the Embossing Buddy. Ink up the brayer well with VersaMark Ink. Lightly roll the brayer over the raised embossed surface. Continue reinking the brayer and running it over the embossed piece until all the raised surfaces are equally shiny with VersaMark. Be careful to not push on the brayer too hard; you don't want any ink to get onto the non-raised surfaces. Just skim the tops of the design.

Sprinkle inked surface with Gold Embossing Powder, tapping excess powder back into its container. Use the Heat Tool to emboss. Be sure that all embossed surfaces are shiny and set.

Adhere the embossed piece to the card front.

Rub the Embossing Buddy well over the surface of a 2 1/2" x 3 1/4" piece of Naturals Ivory card stock. Use VersaMark to stamp the tree. Cover the tree with Gold Embossing Powder, and use the Heat Tool to emboss.

Adhere the embossed tree piece to a 2 3/4" x 3 1/2" piece of Night of Navy card stock. Attach this finished panel to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Add a metallic gold star to the top of the tree.

Smiles.



29 comments:

  1. What a beautifully elegant Christmas card! That brilliant blue with the gold is very rich! So pretty, thank you for sharing the card recipe and instructions!

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    1. "Beautifully elegant." Oooooh, that's really nice. Thank you so much, Donna. :>)

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  2. It's a gorgeous card. I love the blue and gold.

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  3. This is so cute!!! I love it!!!! Great blog too. I'm Hanna and I am your newest follower:) HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!! You can find me at www.bouffeebambini.blogspot.com

    xoxoxo Hanna

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    1. Thank you so much, Hanna! And Happy Holidays to you also! :>)

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  4. I Tweeted this out for you, I love this! Classic elegance at its finest! Thank you for the great share.

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    1. Oh MY! What a wonderful comment and compliment! Thank you so much! I am honored that you even Tweeted about it! Thanks! :>)

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  5. This is so beautiful. I've never tried heat embossing, but recently got a dry embosser and looking forward to using it to make cards. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Marie

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    1. Thank you so much, Marie! I am only too glad to offer you inspiration! :>)

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    2. Linda, Thanks for your very kind email. I received a heat embosser for Christmas and am very excited to try it out! I'll definitely be coming back to your blog for inspiration and am following you by email. Happy New Year, Marie

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    1. Thank you, Diana! You are always so sweet! :>)

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    1. Thank you! I agree that embossing is about as awesome as it comes! :>)

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  8. Love this card, so elegant! Thanks for sharing this Linda on "I Gotta Try That"
    Marcie

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    1. Thanks, Marcie! Thanks as ever also for letting me link up! :>)

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  9. Beautiful card- so stylish and festive. I'm your latest follower from the Thursday Favorite things blog hop so come over and say hi! Today I'm making Christmas cards over at my blog so let me know what you think.

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    1. Thank you, Emma. I love "stylish and festive"! :>)

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  10. A very beautiful card. I love blue/silver and blue/gold color combinations.

    I'm stopping by from Katherine's Corner blog hop.

    Happy Favorite Things Thursday!

    http://artpark78.com/blog1/i-made-my-2012-holiday-wreath/

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    1. Thank you so much, Vona. I love those combos also -- so elegant! :>)

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  11. Swirls and Embossing..some of my favorite combinations! I love the look of embossing! Those powders are some real fun to play with too!
    thanks so much for joining us for Pearls and Lace Thursday!
    Blessings,
    Doni

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    1. I agree, Doni: a very fine combination, and I as well love to play around with embossing powders! Thanks for having me at Pearls and Lace Thursday! :>)

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  12. Gorgeous card!!
    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous weekend!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  13. Oh my goodness!!! This is really beautiful! I've always wanted to make our own cards but couldn't get them to not look "crafty" and homemade. You've inspired me to maybe try again. Thank you so much for sharing at our Holiday Happenings link party and have a Merry Christmas!

    ~Jenny; Black Fox Homestead

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    1. Oh, thank you, Jenny! If you ever need any help on making your own cards, feel free to contact me! I'd love to assist you if possible! And thank you for having me at your Holiday Happenings link party! :>)

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