Friday, December 12, 2008
It is Festive Flourishes Friday!!!!!!This week is all about the crisp and clean winter white - dress it down with a monochromatic theme or dress it up with a sparkly flair. It's up to you! The only requirement is dressing your favorite Flourishes set in winter white! If you want to play along, simply leave a comment on the Flourishes Newsletter or upload your card to Splitcoast using the keyword FFFC2. Keep in mind, we’ll be doing this fun Friday challenge all month long and there will be a special drawing for those that play all four weeks! Details on what is up for grabs -- to come!! If you are just joining us - track back to the first Flourishes Friday challenge on the first Friday of this month. You can make up past challenges to qualify for the giveaway!
Clearly Winter White!!!!! I used I Love Roses set that is a new Flourishes, LLC release this week. I decided to go winter white with a touch of flair using acetate and some gold. What is winter white without some gold? I always think lurex sweaters....lol!!! I found it is truly difficult to not only get a great camera shot of the gold embossing but also taking a picture of the acetate card without glare or too many shadows. Truly, this card is so much prettier in real life than what I could capture with my camera and photog skills.
I really wanted to emphasize how truly detailed these rose stamps are. Marcella Hawley, the stamp set designer, truly created a multi-layered detailed rose. The roses are so amazing they can truly stand alone without coloring. I embossed the smallest stem rose in gold . Even embossed the detail of each rose petal is distinct. I played around with various shades of winter white. I did stamp my Flourishes Elements image in white staz on then added tiny little gold domes to the tips. I made a embossed rose tag and layered with scallop nestabilities. The inside uses some brushed gold cardstock and the paper company's blonde columns for some added texture. I also accented each inside corner with a touch of mini gold domes. I finished my card with some pretty brushed gold organdy ribbon and gold cording. At the moment this card does not have a sentiment. I do not know what I will use it for. I just know it is nice to have several pretty cards at the ready if I need something. What do you think?
Be sure to check out the blogs below to see what festive creations each have this week as well as any new set release creations.
STAMPS
Flourished Elements, I Love Roses
PAPER
acetate, the paper company's blonde columns and CANSON Mi-Teintes(white), brushed gold cardstock
INK
Versamark, white staz on
ACCESSORIES
Oval nestabilities, gold domes, organdy ribbon, cording, slot punch, adhesive dot
Stamping Tip!!!!
One of the best tips I ever received when I started stamping with clear stamps was from Laura Fredrickson. She told me to ink the stamp and turn it over and put the cardstock on top and lightly press each section of the stamp with the fingers without shifting the cardstock, then peel off. This is especially a great idea when working with larger detailed images. This is exactly what I did with the large flourished image in white on the acetate. I actually got that impression with all the parts there on my first attempt.....and stamping on acetate is tricky to begin with because it is so slick. So, thanks a bunch for a great tip, Laura!!!!

11 comments:

  1. WOW!! This is down right amazing!! That white on acetate with all the little gold pearls just drops my jaw to the floor... Stunning!!
    hugs, Jami

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  2. WOWZER!! This is so elegant and GORGEOUS to say the least!! I love acetate and working with it! The results are so stunning on your creation!! TFS!!

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  3. This is so elegant!! The gold pearls just set it off.

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  4. Gasp! Oh my Betty-- you've outdone yourself! This is just a gorgeous and creative card! Love the clear cardstock effect and those little gold pearls with the flourish--- WOW!!

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  5. Oooooh, PRETTY!!! I LOVE the clear cardstock and gold embossing....GORGEOUS!

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  6. Betty this is so pretty, and elegant. I linked you up on my blog, Happy Holidays.

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  7. Oh my world - Betty - this card is drop dead gorgeous!!! Love your take on the challenge - simply stunning!!!

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  8. this is Beautiful!!!
    you were waiting for Flourishes Elements to finish this, I get it now.
    Just STUNNING!!

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  9. OH MY Betty! This is just gorgeous....I love all the detail, the clear and those gold pearls! So beautiful!

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  10. Wow, wow, wow!! Betty this is over the top exquisite!! Girlfriend you sure know elegant!!
    --Becca

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  11. Oh, Betty! This is SO beautiful! The acetate is a brilliant idea and it looks phenomenal!! LOVE the rose tag too!!!!

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