Friday, October 31, 2014

Christmas Tree in Black and White


Hello, Kitty!

"What fun to be a cat!"
                                                                               -------Christopher Morley

Hi, Friends.....



Here I am with my second post of the day and another entry in the Vandicrafts' Artistry Challenge - Black and White. This one has a Christmas theme.

I tried out my Core'dinations Chalk Core cardstock again with the Darice Christmas Tree embossing folder. I sanded it and then added clear glitter to the raised areas.  I also added some smoke gray and clear rhinestones. 






I embellished the corners of my tree panel with some fun little photo corners my friend, Karen Ladd, sent me with a ton of other fun stuff!!  (THANKS, Karen!!!)  And I even put little gems on them, too.



I embossed the greeting on vellum with the Darice Seasonal 3-Pack embossing folders.  Then I Versamarked my brayer heavily and rolled it repeatedly over the vellum so areas, besides the words, would be covered and echo the chalkboard effect, somewhat.  I heat embossed with that fabulous Wow! Opaque Bright White embossing powder.  I like the slightly grunge look that happened.  A few more gems and everything mounted on cardstock....and I was done.

Here's an angled shot.  The glitter still doesn't really show.....except, of course, for the stray bits that are clinging where they do not belong!!!  Ha!  (shrug....)




Hope you enjoyed my card.  It was fun trying out the black and white challenge!  Thank you, Melissa!!!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  Vandicrafts Artistry Challenge #14 - Black and White  
2.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #9 - Anything Goes  
3.  Word Art Wednesday Challenge #156 - Anything Goes  
4.  Shopping our Stash Challenge #175 - Rollin, Rollin, Rollin  -- Used my brayer
5.  The Paper Girls Challenge #66 - Anything Goes

16 comments:

Melissa Vandridge said...

This one is my favorite out of the two! I love, love, love Christmas so naturally I love the cards associated with it! I love the technique you used to get that grunge effect. Very elegant.
Thank you for sharing on this weeks Artistry Challenge! Be sure to come back Saturday or Sunday to vote for your favorite two crafts. :)
Melissa - Vandicrafts

lauren bergold said...

oh wow, what a drramatic and beautiful holiday card and a perfect use of your brayer! thanks for SHOPPING YOUR STASH with us this week! <3

Donna said...

Gorgeous Christmas card!! Great use of your brayer!! Thanks for coming back to play along with the Shopping Our Stash crew for the Rollin' Rollin' Rollin' challenge!

Karenladd said...

Ooh, you really got into this black and white challenge and the embossing folders on Chalkboard card stock looks amazing! I may have to eventually break down and buy some of those sentiment embossing folders after seeing what you've done with them. So happy to see you found a use for at least 4 of those one hundred photo corners, haha! They frame the main image so nicely and I love that bit of sparkle from the gems. All in all, a very classy and elegant look!

Barbara Godden said...

Beautiful Christmas card, I have a passion for fancy trees at Christmas. Thanks for playing along with us at Shopping Our Stash for the Rollin' challenge.

Janis said...

Thank you, Melissa!!! I wasn't quite sure how my technique on the vellum would turn out, but I really liked the grunge effect. Thanks again for a lovely challenge! Now I need to be thinking about birds...... :)

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Janis

Janis said...

Thanks so much, Lauren. I was glad to have an excuse to get my brayer out. I should use it more!!

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Janis

Janis said...

Thank you, Donna!!! It was fun using my brayer. I kind of forget about it sometimes.

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Janis

Janis said...

Four out of a hundred....lol!! Are there really 100 of them in that pkg??? I doubt that! Holy Cow!!!.....I just checked and there are 280 in there!!! Eeeek. I need to get working on them. Ha!! Seriously, I do love using photo corners and it was fun dressing them up a bit with the gems.

Thanks for your sweet comments!!!

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Janis

Janis said...

Thank you, Barbara! I had to be rather restrained with my tree since the challenge for Vandicrafts required only black and white. It was a challenge to figure out how to dress up the tree without colors!!

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Janis

Stampsnob said...

Who would think black and white Christmas would be this gorgeous.......Lis

Janis said...

You are so sweet!! Thanks for visiting. I hope to get in on some MFP challenges this week or next, too!!

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Janis

jenn shurkus said...

such a beUTIFUL tree janis!! thank you for playing along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

Jessi Fogan said...

My brayer is probably dusty, wherever it is! This is a terrific way to use it - and I love the sanded/glittered effect! So glad you came to play with us at Shopping our Stash :)

Janis said...

Thanks, Jenn!!!! I appreciate your visit and your sweet comment!!!

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Janis

Janis said...

Hehehehe......I have craft equipment/supplies like that, too. Fortunately, I remembered where I had put mine last time I used it!!! Thanks for your nice words!!!

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Janis