Sunday, July 21, 2019

Grungy 'Tis the Season

Hi, Friends.......

I am here with another Christmas in July card to share. This one ended up with kind of grunge feel. It's a different look.....but I like it. You, my cardmaking pals, can perhaps appreciate the techniques, if not the style. :)

I played around with double-embossing on colored cardstock. This background is dry embossed on red and then heat embossed with a warm-tone silver for an antique metallic look.

To add to the grungy look, I used the same embossing powder on black for the sentiment. The contrast isn't as great as I would have liked. But it is still readable, so I guess it is okay.

I wanted to do something a little extra with the sentiment banner, so I put a square of foam underneath the center and the ends and liquid glue in between them to give a slightly scrolled look. You can see the curves in the angled shot below. It's subtle, but the foam will help keep that strip from crushing when it goes through the mail.

I finished it off with some rhinestones and silver photo corners. The corners are a favorite accent of mine when I want something that's not too flashy. They are inexpensive and make a card look tailored and finished. They work especially well on masculine cards or cards with a busy double-embossed background. I keep an assortment of all the colors on hand.
Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Darice - Christmas Tree embossing folder
Versamark ink
Warm silver embossing powder
My Mind's Eye - All is Bright stamp set (retired)
Scrapbook-Adhesives - Photo Corners
Core'dinations/Darice cardstock

Hope you enjoyed seeing my card. Thanks so much for stopping by today!!!


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Make Your Own Background
2. Papercraft Challenge #41 - Sparkles
3. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #396-#397 - Anything Goes
4. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #447 - AG Christmas
5. Virginia Lu's July Show & Share
6. TCP Tuesday Challenge #359 - Christmas in July
7. Cards und More Shop Challenge #38 - AG Christmas
8. Crimbo Crackers Challenge #189 - AG Christmas
9. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #94
10. Die-Cut Divas - AG
11. Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #98 - AG
12. Visions of Sugarplums Challenge - AG Christmas
13. Mod Squad - Christmas in July
14. Stamplorations Summer Theme and Sketch Challenge - Stamps + AG


  1. Wow, such fabulous effect!! Stunning! Thanks for sharing your process!

  2. I love it-all the shine and Christmas color! Thanks for joining us at Die Cut Divas!

  3. love that crazy cat lady Christmas tree :D
    need one :D
    your card is so nice!

  4. Fabulous card love all the embossing brilliant cat tree my daughter has one similar for her ONE cat lol
    Carol x

  5. Ooooh, I love this! Grungy embossed effects are always a favorite of mine, even though I don't use this technique and style often enough. The warm silver embossing powder is something I've never seen before and I thought it was antique gold at first. Your scrolled sentiment banner is a wonderful touch and adds to the vintage look. Those black rhinestones are also the perfect touch. This is a fave!

  6. Cool effect with the double embossing and I like the way you scrolled the sentiment.

  7. That is a cool effect! Love the red with the silver embossing - so pretty. Glad you linked to my Visions of Sugarplums challenge!

  8. I do love the effects embossing gives us, fabulous texture Janis. Thank you for sharing with us over at Paperbabe Stamps.
    Creative wishes Tracey (DT)

  9. Wow, the Card is Wonderful! Thanks for joining us at Papercraft Challenge.

  10. Fabulous embossing! So glad that you join the fun with my “Show & Share”! WONDERFUL!

  11. WOW, how beautiful. So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.

  12. Wow great Card- Thanks for joining Cards und More Challenge - Ella


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