Thursday, December 11, 2014

Molten Christmas 1





"She will attempt nothing that she cannot do well."
                                                 -----------K.C. McIntosh
  
THIS IS MY SECOND POST OF THE DAY.  
If you are looking for my Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop post (with candy!), please click HERE.
If you are looking for my Christmas GIVEAWAY post, please click HERE.  

Hi, Friends.....

I am here with the first of two cards I made with my absolute favorite way to make backgounds:  my molten technique.  I love to play with embossing powders, and let me tell you........this process really burns through them!!!  I need to start buying them by the pound!!  Ha.  (Now, wouldn't that be a lot of ep??!!)  This card is in my favorite Christmas color combo:  blue and silver....(swoon!)


In addition to playing with powders, I also love anything shiny!!!  So I had to get out my DCWV foiled cardstocks, too.  Did you know that a stack of this gorgeous stuff is in my Christmas giveaway???  :)



I started my sparkling background by dry embossing some violet blue cardstock with my Darice Snowflake embossing folder.  Then I Versamarked over the entire surface and sprinkled with sparkly light blue embossing powder.  I tapped the excess off with a fairly heavy hand so the background color would still be somewhat visible after zapping with my heat gun.  

After that step, I brayered the background with some Versamark so only the raised parts (for the most part) would get embossed, and sprinkled on silver powder and zapped again.  The more you repeat this step, the higher relief you will get on your design.  I think I did this one 2 or 3 times.  Love this look!!!!


With such a great background, you don't want to cover very much of it up.  I used some simple die cuts (Christmas Tree Die and Modern Christmas Die) that were prizes from Clearly Besotted (THANKS!!!) and a banner with Joy to the World stamped and embossed in silver.  I mounted this on an ice blue card base.  Done.  :)

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DING DING DING........New Follower Introduction Time!!! 
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Hey, I picked up a new follower today while doing this post!!  She follows by BlogLovin, so her lovely portrait does not show up on my sidebar.

Joyce Casaldi of Paper, Scissors, Sew! designs or has designed for a bunch of companies and has a blog filled with awards and such for her amazing work.  She is also participating in the Coffee Lovers Hop and is offering blog candy! You don't want to miss out on her lovely tags for this hop or on the chance to win a fantastic prize!  Thanks so much, Joyce, for becoming a follower and letting me know, since I wouldn't see it otherwise!!  This ginormous smile is for you!!!!
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That's all for this post.  I have another almost identical card in pink that I will post next.  Hope you enjoyed my molten technique.  Thanks for your lovely comments!!!
 
<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Simon Say Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Bling it On!
2. Vandicrafts Artistry Challenge 20 - Anything Goes w/ Opt Color Scheme (which I did not do on this card either! hehehehe)
3. Diecuttin Divas Challenge #195 - Non-Traditional Christmas Colors
4. Shopping Our Stash Challenge #180 - Favorite Technique
5. Perfectly Rustics Challenge #37 - Sentiment (Not Birthday) 

6. MFP FOSTV Challenge #147 - Blue and Silver

30 comments:

Davi said...

WOW that is gorgeous!! I love the look this technique gives! Thanks for sharing Im going to have to try that :)

Chris D. said...

Love that background and your card rocks! Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

Karenladd said...

Oh my...silver and blue are one of my favorite color combos and I just can't admiring this card! The blue looks even richer with the contrast of the shiny silver and your technique of using an embossing folder and them heat embossing the heck out of it is on my list of favorite things to try ASAP! I would babble on about what else I love about this but I have to get packing to go to my daughter's so will have to come back later. This is definitely one of my favorite cards of the month, bar none!

L.B. said...

Love love love Thanks for joining us at DCD this week

Janine said...

Great card - love all the embossing and sparkle. Thanks for joining our blue and silver challenge at FOSTV.

Melissa Vandridge said...

Lovely! I really love that background. :) Thank you for sharing on this weeks Artistry Challenge. Melissa - Vandicrafts

Teresa Kline said...

hi Janis! stunning Christmas tree, I luv this! I am thrilled you played along with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

sparkle & shine *~*

Gerda said...

What a great card!! Love the background!!! Thanks for joining us at DCD this week!
Gerda
http://cardscreations.blogspot.com

Esther said...

Beautiful background!!!
Thanks for joining Die Cuttin' Divas this week!!!

Kim Butterworth said...

Wow, that is certainly some dedication to embossing, it looks great though. Thanks for joining us at Perfectly Rustics.

Sharnee Torrents said...

AMAZING card dear Janis! WOW I love all that detail you've added to your background, super job a "swoon" Christmas card for sure!
Thanks for joining with us at Perfectly Rustics!
SMiles Sharnee :)

Chana said...

Beautifully done! The background elevates this wonderful CAS design. Thanks for playing along with us at Shopping Our Stash!
Hugz,
Chana, DT

Chana said...

Hi, Janis,
I really love your design and have named you as our FB CAS "Queen of Clean" Designer of The Day. Please stop by our FB Page: www.facebook.com/avenue613 to say hello and to grab your Designer Of The Day Badge. Your card is currently featured on our page.
Congratulations and welcome to The Front Porch Gang!
Hugz,
Chana Malkah Harris, Owner
613 Avenue Create Challenge Blog
http://avenue613.blogspot.com

Janis said...

Thank you so much, Davi. I love this look, too! I made a bunch of these backgrounds, so you will be seeing them from time to time! :)

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Janis

Janis said...

Thanks, Chris. I appreciate your encouraging comments!!!!

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Janis

Janis said...

Thanks so much, Karen!!! You and are thinking alike on the silver and blue combo.....love, love, love! You are so sweet to take time to comment when you are getting ready for your trip.

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Janis

Janis said...

Thank you so much for your visit and wonderful comment!!

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Janis

Janis said...

Thanks so much, Janine!!! I appreciate your sweet words! I am attracted to that sparkle, too.

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Janis

Janis said...

Thanks, Melissa! I am delighted to be able to take part in your challenges. Hard to believe this is already #20! Wow. Great job!!!

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Janis

Janis said...

Thanks so much, Teresa. I am honored that you stopped by on your rounds!!! Your comment means a lot to me.

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Janis

Janis said...

Thank you so much, Gerda. I appreciate your kind comment!!!

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Janis

Janis said...

Thank you for stopping by and leaving your sweet comment!!!

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Janis

Janis said...

Thanks, Kim!!! Hehehee.....I am not sure dedication is how I would describe it......maybe more like obsession!! Ha. I do love to heat emboss. :)

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Janis

Janis said...

Thanks so much, Sharnee. I am delighted to be a part of a PR challenge again. It's been awhile!! :) Your lovely comment made my day!

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Janis

Janis said...

Thanks, Chana!! I hadn't even thought of this being CAS. I appreciate your visit and sweet words.

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Janis

Janis said...

Thank you, Chana!!! I am thrilled to be your Designer of the Day. I appreciate this honor and am delighted to display your badge. Thanks so much!!

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Janis

Sharnee Torrents said...

CONGRAT'S to you dear Janis, we loved your card and have chosen it for a RUnner up at Perfectly Rustics!! YAY, well done lovely!!! Don't forget to get your badge!!
Smiles Sharnee and team :)

Janis said...

Thank you so much, Sharnee!! I am honored for my card to have been selected as a Runner-up!
Have a lovely holiday!!

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Janis

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Oh my, it looks like you are a gal after my own heart . . . sparkle and bling! Love it! Hazel x

Janis said...

Thanks so much, Hazel! And thank you for the tip on your favorite embossing powder. :)

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Janis