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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

another White Christmas challenge adventure

I have a big box o' new, wonderful Stampin' toys tools(!) but I forced myself to leave that box closed until this card was finished and shared with you, because I'm just that responsible!  OK, maybe it's really because this card has been bouncing around in my head since Saturday and I finally resolved all the little "what-abouts" and "whiches" (what about a star? a bird? which texture?):
stamp sets - More Merry Messages, Punch Potpourri (hostess, retired); ink - Illuminate, Versamark; Stampin' emboss powder - Gold, Iridescent Ice; card stock - Shimmery White, Whisper White; punch - Bird Builder; Big Shot with Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder; Stampin' Dimensionals
 
It started on Saturday when Less is More announced the White Christmas colour challenge and 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown posted a sketch challenge.  You may remember that recently I was working with a sort-of similar sketch and the idea of an all-white card (well, it started as all-neutral but morphed).  This card wasn't really too much of a stretch from that one, but you know I couldn't do the same thing again.  And I really wanted to at least try the gold, even though the shimmer stuff in Shimmery White card stock looks silver to me...
 
For a while I thought I would use more than one texture on the squares, so yesterday's Shopping Our Stash embossing times two challenge was a done deal (the embossed sentiment was already a firm decision).  I was also having trouble deciding on the center element, what to use and how to make it stand out without losing the clean and simple effect.  The Christmas bird prompt at Merry Monday got final approval over the star prompt at Festive Friday and I decided the dimensionals were going to suffice to give it separation.  As I was working this evening I finally realized that I could emboss the bird as well, and while I was having aha! moments, I thought of applying Illuminate ink direct-to-paper on the embossed squares.   Lots of visual interest on a clean and simple, all-white card - just what I wanted!

Now if you'll excuse me, there's this big box behind me that really needs some loving attention...

14 comments:

Danielle Vincent said...

I LOVE when those ideas roll around in your head and then collide to make the most beautiful card :o) This is absolutely gorgeous - great texture and LOVE the bird in the middle. Thanks for joining us this week at 52CCT!

Jessi Fogan said...

THAT is self-discipline. You have my respect & awe for managing to wait!!!
I absolutely love the white-on-white tones to your card - that bird is gorgeous! Thanks for coming to play this week at Shopping our Stash :)

Chrissie said...

Great design Kathe!
Super card.
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Marcia said...

How pretty! Love the simplicity, but still SO elegant! :0)

Tip Top said...

OOhh - that is pretty! Hope the box was worth the wait!

Deborah Frings said...

I think this is absolutely gorgeous. I like the embossed detail and the pretty dove. Thanks so much for playing along with 52CCT this week!

Mynnette said...

What a beautiful and elegant card! LOVE the white on white with that fabulous gold sentiment! Thanks for joining us at 52CCT! :)

Margaret said...

Simple but very elegant card.
Hugs
Margaret M

Ruth M said...

What a classy and elegant card Kathe! I love the texture and the sophisticated embossed sentiment! Thanks so much for playing along with us at 52 {C}CT again, please come back soon! Ruth x

Patricia H. said...

The white on white elegance is fantastic! Thanks for sharing your lovely card with us at 52{C}CT! :)

Louise van Vuren said...

What a beautiful take on our sketch challenge. I love white on white and the embossing adds so much texture. The bird is perfect and the elegance is complete with your gold sentiment. Thank you for playing along at 52 CCT

Louise xx

Notes by Nina said...

Very pretty card, I love the white on white.Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday.

Lesley said...

So very pretty and the gold embossed sentiment is the perfect touch! Thanks for joining us at Merry Monday!

lauren bergold said...

what a gorgeous and truly elegant xnas card, not to mention the PERFECT use of both embossing techniques! thanks for SHOPPING YOUR STASH with us this week! :)