Friday, October 10, 2014

Imperfections.....Make us Real

 
This reminds me of when Little Peach tells Grandpa that he doesn't have any hair.  He does, actually, have (some) hair ........ but it is short.  :)


"There is no pretense of sympathy about the cat.  He lives alone, aloft, sublime, in a wise passiveness."                                                                              
                                                                            -----------Andrew Lang

Hi, Friends.....

Back again with another entry for the Winnie & Walter WCMD Challenges.  This one is for the Pattern Play with Shay challenge.  You might recognize my background, from a couple posts ago when I detailed how I made it.


I love the Henna pattern of this Darice embossing folder.  It just seems to go perfectly with the autumn colors of my Distress Inks.  These inks are still visible and peeking out a bit, but blend pretty well under the heat embossing.  You'd sure be able to tell the difference if they weren't there, though!  

I used a new Unity stamp for the sentiment (Thanks, Unity!) and then went to work on a leaf I punched out of a metal sheet from Add a Little Dazzle.

You all know how I LOOOOOOOVE gleaming gold....and all things shiny and sparkly, right?  Well, I decided to embellish my leaf a bit.  First off, I used my ball end stylus to draw in veins.  Then I heat-embossed with bronze, copper, and gold till I got the desired effect.  Note:  Be sure to use a clothespin or something to hold on to your metal when heat-embossing.  I had some hemostats (from vet hubby!) and they worked perfectly.  


I love how even with all the layers of metallic embossing powder, the veins are still showing, but the surface has a smooth molten look.  You can see the gleam in the angled picture above.  The Add a Little Dazzle metal is super-fun to use and I love how I was able to bend and roll the edges of the leaf slightly for more dimension without adding bulk. 

Hope you've enjoyed seeing the finished product from the "before" post.  I appreciate your visit and your comments!  You make this bright autumn day we've had be even brighter!!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering the card in the following challenges:
1.  Winnie & Walter WCMD Challenge - Pattern Play with Shay 
2.  Unity Stamp Co. Friends With Flair
3.  MFP Speedy TV - Simple Salutations Challenge #115 - Use Metal   
4.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Use Watercolors 
5.  Add a Little Dazzle Dazzling Diva Challenge #46 - Fall is Here or Anything Goes
6.  Cards in Envy - Autumn Leaves - must be A2 Card size and flat for mailing.

38 comments:

Dawn Fields said...

Beautiful card! Wonderful fall colors! I may have to get my hands on that embossing folder!

Janis said...

Dawn....Thanks so much for your visit and your nice comment!!! I really LOVE that Henna embossing folder. I highly recommend it. :)

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Janis

Farley said...

This is one wonderful stunner! I have that folder and love it. And thank you for your very kind comment on my card today.

Janis said...

Thank you so much, Farley!!! I appreciate your visit and your comment!!! Have a lovely weekend.

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Janis

Doreen said...

This is just gorgeous,love the embossed leaf.xxx

Tracy said...

Wow...adore your background...totally scrumptious Janis :-) xxxx

Carol L said...

The background is so unique and creative, and I love the leaf! Beautiful card!

Stampsnob said...

Wonderful job on the background This is a lovely color combo Your card is royal.
You should come try the peach yellow green combo this week on MFP...................Lis

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

The metal accents are showing up all over, and they look awesome. Your background rocks!

Stamping With Bibiana said...

great funny cartoon and the card is just lovely card fabulous background, good luck on the challenges.
If you are interested in challenges, I host a new one called "Throwback Thursdays", at my blog.
Warm hello,
bibiana

Janis said...

Thank you, Doreen! I really had fun making that leaf with all the different metallic e.p.'s. Thanks for stopping in and I hope you will come again.

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Janis

Janis said...

Thank you so much, Tracy. These backgrounds are so very fun to make!!! No mistakes!!! Love that! :)

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Janis

Janis said...

Thanks, Carol!!! I really got into doing these backgrounds this week. Too much fun....and I couldn't stop. :)

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Janis

Janis said...

Thanks so much, Lis! I appreciate your kind words!!! That peach, yellow, green combo sounds fun, too!!

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Janis

Janis said...

LOVE metallics. I am so glad that they are popular right now. They make me giddy!!!! :) Thanks so much for visiting and leaving your nice comment!!!

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Janis

Janis said...

Thank you, Bibiana!!! I checked out your challenges and they look like a lot of fun. I'm not sure I have blogged long enough to have any throwback projects, though!! :o I appreciate you stopping by. Come again!!

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Janis

Sue D said...

I like all the special details on your card.

Scrapper Myra said...

Love the texture.

Karenladd said...

Wow, another gorgeous stunner! I have to admit that I try to steer clear of metal but after seeing how you punched, embossed and detailed that leaf I may actually gingerly approach the metal sheet that I have tucked away in my stash. The way that you combined all the metallic EP really makes for a stand out embellishment!

JPScraps said...

Beautifully done! Love the embossing!

Vickie Y said...

Gorgeous background and card; love the leaf! Thank you for sharing with us at MFP Simple Salutations Challenge.

Miwa said...

Beautiful card, live the design!

Sandy Trefger said...

This card is beautiful too! I love that embossing and the leaf is fabulous! Thanks for sharing with us at Cards in Envy!

Crystal said...

Beautiful card and background! I almost bought that embossing folder the other day and now I am kicking myself for passing it up!

Caryn said...

Love the embossing folder - you're right, the autumn colours are a perfect match with it.

Thanks for playing along with us at Simon Says stamp Wednesday Challenge.
Hugs,
Caryn

LisaM said...

Love your gorgeous background work and leaf! Amazing card! Thanks for playing along with us at Cards In Envy!

Janis said...

Thank you, Sue! This was a real fun one to make!!

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Janis

Janis said...

Thank you, Myra! I appreciate you stopping by!!

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Janis

Janis said...

Oh, Karen....you need to get that piece out and get playing with it. I decided I would not hoard my Add a Little Dazzle metal and am so glad I have let myself play and experiment with it. I am looking fwd to seeing what you do with your piece!!!

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Janis

Janis said...

Thank you so much!!!

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Janis

Janis said...

Thanks, Vickie!! I had a lot of fun playing with that leaf. I need to do more of those before autumn turns into winter! Eeeek!

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Janis

Janis said...

Thank you so much, Miwa!!!

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Janis

Janis said...

Thanks so much, Sandy!!! I had altogether too much fun with embossing powder on this project. :)

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Janis

Janis said...

Thank you, Crystal!!! You will not regret getting that folder. It's amazing. Thanks for your visit and your sweet comment!!!

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Janis

Janis said...

Thanks so much, Caryn!! I have been loving the SSS challenges lately! Thank you for stopping in!

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Janis

Janis said...

Thank you, Lisa. I need to do some more of these fun backgrounds. You can do all sorts of things to them and they look great!!! I appreciate your visit!!!

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Janis

wendipooh13 said...

your embossing is amazing!!! Thanks for sharing your card with us at Cards in Envy! :)

Janis said...

Thank you so much, Wendy!!!! These are super-fun backgrounds to make!!!

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Janis