Thursday, November 3, 2011

Holly in Silver - A WOW Card

Some days are just crazy, know what I mean?
You go from one thing to another to another to another and at the end, it's all you can do to make it up those stairs and climb in bed.
And not that all those things you do are bad - most of them are stuff you want to do or places you want to be, but it all adds up doesn't it?
I'm trying harder lately to not plan those kinds of days - but truth be told, I'm not very good at it. I don't "sit" well.
But God is teaching me to enjoy and savor the quiet spots and spaces in my life and He's teaching me that I need to expand them and that it's ok to say "No" once in a while.
Not so easy, but like everything else, it's a process.

Anyway, the card I'm sharing today reminds me of one of those quiet spots - it's lovely, calm and soothing to the eye, and it just feels peaceful.
Here, take a look:

I was inspired by my friend Lee Conrey in the design of this card. Her original was done with Cherry Cobbler and that gorgeous Silver Glimmer paper - really striking.
But like all stampers, I decided to put my own twist on her design and brought out the Brushed Silver cardstock and that shimmery Baja Breeze Seam Binding. With all the Whisper White cardstock, it just says "aaaahh" to me.

The card base is cut at 5 1/4" x 10 1/2" and folded in half to make a square card. The first silver layer is 5" square and the next Whisper White layer is 4 1/2" square.
I took another cue from Lee's card and used my Simply Scored Scoring Tool to add a subtle 'frame' around the focal point squares. All four sides of that layer were scored at 4", leaving a lovely 1/2" edge. Very subtle, but perfect for this card.
Here's a close up so you can see it better:

The focal squares of Brushed Silver and Whisper White were cut at 3 3/4" square and 3 1/2" square. I embossed the holly leaves from the Bells and Boughs stamp set with Versamark and Silver Embossing Powder. A Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Marker added just a hint of color to the berries. Perfect!
Both of those layers were popped up on Stampin' Dimensionals to add to the elegant feel of this card. I wrapped a piece of Baja Breeze Seam Binding around the middle layers and then placed the bow on top of the card with Mini Glue Dots.

I truly love this card design and I know I'll be making more of these for my Christmas Cards this year. They fit perfectly in our Whisper White Square Envelopes too, so you don't need to search elsewhere for the perfect ones. For our WOW! cards, we ran the envelope flap through the Big shot with the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder to make them extra special.

As always, you can find all the supplies you need to make this card in my Online Stampin' Store!
Here's a few of the things you'll need:

#121142 - Bells and Boughs Stamp Set $14.95 Clear mount
#102283 - Versamark Stamp Pad $7.95

#120175 - Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder $7.95

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I have one more WOW! card project to show you tomorrow and boy, it's a doozy! You have to be sure to come back - this was the card that almost did my stampers in!

For now, Mark and I are off to the funeral of a good friend from our church choir. Gloria died last week after losing her battle with Pancreatic Cancer. She was an amazing person and right up to the end, she was the picture of calm serenity, never losing her wonderful spirit and loving and praising God in all her circumstances. I know she's well and whole now with Him in Heaven, and the best part for me is that I'll get to see her, and sing with her again someday. What an awesome hope we have in Christ!

Have a blessed day!

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