Thursday, June 16, 2011

One-color wonder

First off, Crafters Digital Art Center (CDAC) is celebrating its One Year Anniversary. Wow, they've accomplished a lot in a year! They're having contests and prizes, including a big giveaway of ready-to-color flowers by Petaloo. You need to be a CDAC member to be eligible, but who isn't‽

Wow, I was really motivated yesterday and made several cards. I just kept getting inspired! I was intrigued by the Crazy Challenge of "white + 1 other color", and thought it would be a perfect excuse to use my new blue embossing powder.

When I grabbed this freebie image from TLC Creations, I commented that I wanted to heat-emboss it...and I'm finally getting around to it. It worked really well: embossing with digi images is all about the paper, and I have a lot of luck printing at highest quality on glossy photo paper. You need to work fast, but as you can see it provides really full coverage, even on fine details.

To sort of match the photo paper, I made the card base from lightweight brochure paper, basically a thin, matte-coated double-sided photo paper. It doesn't work for heat-embossing, oddly enough. It worked beautifully in the paper embossing machine, and has a lovely weight. I heat-embossed the flourishes onto the card before running it through my Sizzix.

Inspiration:
CCH #71: Monochromatic

"Joy Fold" tutorial: ABC Christmas Challenge blog

Stamps: Vintage Lady and Birds Silhouette digi by TLC Creations, sentiment & flourishes by Stampendous

Paper: HP photo paper & brochure paper, Brazzill

Tools: HP printer & ink, Marvy heat tool & corner punch, Sizzix Texture Boutique

Other: ZipDry, Stampendous embossing powder, Versamark watermark ink

4 comments:

Christine said...

Beautiful card cg and thank you for your lovely comment on my blog xx

Tammy L said...

A beautiful card. I love all the texture and embossing. Thanks for joining our monochromatic challenge on the Crazy Challenge blog this week.
Tammy

Rose Petal said...

Wow Christina. This is absolutely stunning. I love it. Beautiful image, love all the embossing and the gorgeous colour you have added. Just perfect.
With love, Sandra xxx

Priyanka said...

This is just amazing,so artistic.