Saturday, 20 November 2010

Bah! Humbug! 45

Our Bah! Humbug! Challenge this week is a colour theme and we want you to pick through your 'purples' and show us some Lilac.
I have been itching to ink up the new November release Waltzing Mouse Stamps that arrived earlier this week and, (as time has once again been my enemy), I opted to keep things as simple as possible. 
I chose to stamp this holly, from 'Around Christmastime' set, onto some lavender card and then heat embossed with silver powder, before cutting out with a scalloped circle punch and adding some purple adhesive pearls. 
Then I found some lilac card and dragged out the Cuttlebug and a couple of Christmassy embossing folders for the next stage.  
First I used the 'Mistletoe' folder on a square of lilac card, and matted it to silver mirri with double-sided tape, before adding a few random pearls.  Then, on an identical square, I decided to use only part of the 'Snowflake Frame' folder on opposite edges.  
To do this, you place the card into the folder as normal, place your 2nd 'B' plate over the portion you want embossed and then roll the sandwich through the cuttlebug, making sure you hit reverse when you reach the edge of that 2nd 'B' plate.  Do this on both edges and remember  YOU MUSTN'T GO ALL THE WAY!  
(Hmmm ... that phrase sounds very familiar but can't recall for the life of me where I've heard it before ... )  Ahem .... *snigger*
Now there's every chance that my rather inadequate instructions have totally confused you ... actually I think I've confused myself and I know that I know what I mean!  However, I'm sure you will understand once you try it for yourself and if not then I'll find a link to a tutorial for you.
OK ... back to the card ... 
Pearlescent lavender ink was roughly rubbed over the embossed snowflakes and this square was cut diagonally.  The triangle edges were then heat embossed with silver and matted onto a slightly larger triangle of lavender card before attaching on top of the embossed square.   
All that remained to do now was add the punched holly circle, stamp and emboss the fabby sentiment, which is from the WMS 'Festive Foliage' set, and add a lilac bow.
At first I thought the 'mistletoe' embossing looked a bit boring and I was tempted to add some sparkle.  However, I've decided I quite like the contrast between the matt look and the pearlescent sheen of both panels so am going to leave it be for now.
Incidently, I used the remaining triangular section to decorate inside but forgot to take a photo.


Ann said...

Max I have been waiting for you to post this card so that I can say that it is my favourite of your cards. I love it so much.
The 'mwah' is so you and the embossing well. I'm not sure how you did it - the colouring part - will have to read instructions again when awake. A lesson for Scotland methinks.
I hope Laura is following my Christmas list as the Waltzing mouse set is gorgeous.
Your card is different to all the DT ones but stunning - hey maybe Claire should set you on.
Ann xxx

Irene said...

Hello Max

What a stunning and beeautiful card it's just gorgeous. I love the different textures, colours and those fabby stamps which I will have to pop over to take a peek.


Debs said...

Beautiful card Max, I love it. Debs xx

starcyl said...

Loving the card Max and thanks for the instructions -erm I think!

I just love embossed cards and like the way you have used the lilac ink over the embossed bits.

Jenny x

Beryl said...

Gorgeous Max - I love the silver embossing on the snowflake piece and the design is really classy.
BBeryl xx

Aquarius said...

Great card and lots of different components - think I follow your description - I seem to recall something about not going all the way too!! Maybe it's an age thing??

Susan.... said...

Hi Max LOL !you do make me laugh especially when l am feeling ' A Wee Bit Crabbit ' hehe....Love the card and super use of embossing. For being pushed for time, you have created something very special !
Hope you and yours are well.Wishing you a fab weekend !
susan x

tiggertastic said...

Max did you buy this form Harrods ? this is amazing! Screams money and luxury i love the colours and style hun

Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog xx

wishing you a lovely weekend,
tons of love my special friend sarah xx

Fluffles said...

An excellent card, so different & so lovely. Jx said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for visiting my blog!

Tasha said...

Totally gorgoeus Max, love the effect of the embossing
love tasha xx