Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Clean and Simple Challenge by Impression Obsession

I know I have to make a schwack load of cards that have to be mailable for Christmas. My normal card making habits are NOT conducive to mailable cards. I'm more of a hand deliver card maker most days of the week. This is a habit I'm trying to change. I'll never stop making the cards that weigh close to 2 lbs, but I want to respect those hard working post people who will faithfully deliver my Christmas tidings to far off places and not break their backs with weighty cards this year.

I decided to give this week's CAS colour challenge (use pink, blue and green) a whirl;

I've seen the clean and simple (CAS) card challenges on SCS, but haven't paid them much mind because I didn't think that was really for me. If you go back through my SCS gallery, I have periodically been known to do CAS cards. I love seeing well done CAS, and my gf Silke is a master of that craft! So here I am, trying again to stretch myself into another crafting place that is not the most comfortable for me, figuring why not 'cause I have nothing to lose and everything to gain!

For this card I used Snowflakes by Impression Obsession for the tree image. This tree begs to be blinged, and really, who am I to say no to a little bling?!!! Okay, truth be told, there's a lot of bling here, but it's for Christmas and it'll being some sparkle and shine to someone on my card list. *happy place* I used a grand total of 10 art institute glitters. No, I can't tell you which ones, because I have no idea since I picked and pulled from the peewee glitter kits I have to chose a light, medium and dark of each of the three colours in the challenge.

Really, the picture doesn't do it justice, but then if it did, we'd all be sitting here blinded by the *uber* dazzle, so I guess it's actually a good thing that the picture doesn't sparkle and shine like IRL... If you believe this hog wash, I've got a bridge to sell 'ya! *snort* The picture doesn't do the tree justice, but it really didn't matter what I did, all the glitter shine kept freaking out the focus on my camera so this is just as good as it gets. *sigh*

I want to play around some more with the snowflakes from this set and my glitter, so I'll have some more to show over the next few months. I've got all sorts of ideas sparkling and shining in my head right now and I'm so glad it's Christmas card making season!

stamps; snowflakes (impression obsession), warm words (SU!)
paper; coconut swirl (bazzill)
ink; black soot distress ink (ranger)
accessories; bling it on flourishes (basic grey), rhinestones (heidi swapp & kaiser), art institute glitter


i {heart} papers said...

This is GORGEOUS! I would love to receive any of your schwack of cards and would especially love it if you hand delivered it. *grin*

Jaspere said...

Wow I never knew clean and simple could look so good.

Grace said...

Wow Loretta! I can see all the glitter when I enlarge it... you right there stepped out of the Simple range! It's beautiful! I agree Silke holds the position of queen of CAS but you did great with this!

Where did you get your swirlly image used in your watermark? I've been looking for just that sort of thing and haven't found it! It's really pretty!

Velta said...

Just dazzling and elegant!!! I have to go find some of that Art Ink Institute sparkle!!! If you get a chance, let me know where you bought it!

GlitterEmm said...

I so understand your troubles in getting a good photo of glitter! I had to get a camera that I can manually focus to take photos for Art Glitter! Thank you for your post and Art Glitter plug, I'll add you to our online gallery as soon as I can!

If you can't find it locally Velta, check out our website: www.artglitter.com

Have a sparkly Christmas!

Mari said...

I *love* the way your tree came out! It looks so very subtle in the pic, but I can imagine the blinding bling in person! :)
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

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