Saturday, September 27, 2014

a2z Scrapbooking - Christmas Cards

Hi everyone! 
Today is my turn to post for the DT at the a2z Scrapbooking Blog, and after perusing the a2z Store for some stamps and stencils, I’m ready to go!


I love white pigment ink on black cardstock, so my first card was made with sort of a chalkboard theme.  I stamped the tree with Unicorn White Pigment Ink, then stamped the sentiment with Versamark and Hero Arts White Embossing Powder (my favorite for a crisp, clean sentiment). I also took out my colored pencils and added some color to the flowers and holly leaves. I think this is a great card to reproduce...it’s festive, but not complicated.

The color is really subtle, so here is a close up:




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My 2nd card is 5 x 7” and was made with my new Hero Arts Swirl Tree Stencil. 



I know it’s difficult to see on screen, but it is very sparkly IRL! I mixed a little green ink with White Embossing Paste for the tree, and before it dried, I added clear glitter. My sentiment is stamped with Versamark and Liquid Platinum embossing powder. 

Here's a close up of all that sparkle:


Our monthly challenge going on, and we would love for you to play along with us. This month's theme is Autumn and Christmas. You may enter up to 5 times and you will be eligible to win a $25 gift certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking Store with each entry. Click HERE to submit your entry.
Also, we would like to invite you and your friends to apply for our Design Team. If you are interested, please click HERE for more details. 
Please note: Submissions close at 11:59 p.m. EST on October 20, 2014, so if you are interested, be sure to apply on time.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope everyone is having a great weekend ~
Barb 




17 comments:

Anita in France said...

Such lovely Christmas trees, Barb ... the soft colouring on the white against black is beautifully subtle ... and the glittery gorgeousness of the swirly green one is stunning! Anita :)

Barb said...

Both cards are so beautiful, Barb! Love the techniques you used! The subtle color on your first one is fabulous and I love your sparkly, bright green tree! ♥

Betty Keefe said...

both so pretty, Barb - have to get those stencils out and try that glitter technique!

Tenia Nelson said...

AWESOME cards!!

Virginia Lu said...

Love your inking and embossing! The tree image on black card stock is perfect with the subtle colors! BEAUTIFULLY done, Barb!

KayM said...

Oh wow Barb! These are both so pretty! I love the first one with the hint of color mixed in with the white! Looks stunning on the black card stock! The second one is just amazing! I love the embossing paste with the glitter! So festive! ((Hugs and happy weekend!))

Tracey McNeely said...

I love the shape of your chalkboard tree Barb, love the hint of colour! Your stenciling is fantastic in green with embossing paste--LOVE LOVE LOVE as always!

Dawn Turley said...

Both your trees are fabulous. Each as pretty as the other.

Katie Melhus said...

That tree is just gorgeous in black and white!

Cris G said...

Two beautiful cards, Barb! Love all the sparkle on your second card.

Kylie said...

Thanks for the tip on adding glitter to the texture paste! Woo hoo, something else I need to try thanks to you! The cards are stunning!! xx

Kelly Latevola said...

Ahhhh! I love them. Both of them. The subtle color on the first is beautiful! That bright green on the second?! Oh I am IN LOVE!!

Sarah Gray said...

Great cards, Barb - love the white tree on the first, it is so pretty! I really must try adding colour and glitter to my texture paste because your second card is gorgeous :)

lostinpaper said...

Both your cards are pure elegance, I especially love the chalkboard look and I'm heading back to take a longer look!

Loll Thompson said...

Two more beautiful cards Barb ... you are on a roll!! Love the first one with the chalkboard technique. Adding the touches of color really make it special. And the second is a gorgeous tree stencil ... so pretty and elegant ... especially with the added sparkle. Loll xx

Joyce said...

Love both of your festive Christmas trees, Barb. The first one, where you colored on the white embossing powder, is especially eye catching. I love the subtle colors.

cm said...

Lovely trees, Barb! The chalkboard/white ink tree, sporting whispers of colour is ever so elegant; the swirly glittery green of the second, ever so gorgeous! You're making me feel all festive!
~c