Festive Fridays Snow Swirled Embossing

Its that special Friday again -- a FESTIVE FRIDAY!

Festive Friday is a Blog Hop happening the second and fourth Friday of each month, showcasing Christmas cards. We are rounding out the year, theres only a few more hops!

If you're joining me directly, don't miss the beginning of the hop over at Terri's Blog. If you've joined me from Brendas blog, You're hoppin' along just fine! There is a link to all the fine blogs at the end of this post,

I got out the heat gun to warm my cold hands this week (hahaha! yes, it HAS been cold in California) and tried out an embossing technique I've seen. It uses only clear embossing powder, and the effect ended up rather festive, if I do say so myself:
Snow Swirled Embossed
I stamped the swirls from Season of Joy (#110384) onto white card stock using VersaMark ink (#102283), then embossed with Stampin' Emboss Clear Powder (#109130). I then inked up and stamped off the tree from the same set in Soft Suede and stamped it over the embossed sections. Then, I used my Blender Pen (I dont have a Versa Mark marker) to add Versa Mark to the (completely dry) stamped tree images, then embossed with more clear powder. This protects the white areas in the image., when you go to the next step.
See the shine of the embossing? Pretty in Person, honest!
Next, I sponged Bashfull Blue across the field of the card, then added some Marina Mist sponged around the edges. The emboss-resist technique uses a brayer, for more full coverage, but I think the sponge worked well and gave a similar soft look. I used my Blender pen once more to pick up some Marina Mist ink and add it to the underside of the swirls, accenting the curls of the swirls. The Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon (#109034) is accented with 3 Brads from the Metallic collection (#119741), and I stamped a sentiment in Real Red ink. Mounted, and voila! Ready to send some Festive Friday greetings!
Embossing, Accent, and Ribbon detail
A fun technique, I like the soft water-color effect and the pearlescence of the swirls and trees is rather pretty in person. Here is an alternate Winter Greeting I did as well:
Please enjoy the inspiration on the hop and continue over to Becky at BC Designs, the Holidays are just around the corner!

Have a Festive Friday!


Laura said...

I LOVE IT! what a pretty card...
hugs.. Laura

Megan (Best of Fates) said...

How gorgeous - and shiny!

maria soto said...

this is a very pretty card - embossing is really new to me - and after looking at your card I want to do some embossing.
thanks for sharing.

Becky Conley said...

GORGEOUS! a fabulous card TFS

Carol's 1 World said...

Love how the red in the Stamped sentiment and the Ribbon add enough contrast that is forces your eye to move around the card...good job :))

rosenrobrt said...

joined. My favorite Christmas images are Trees.

Lyneen said...

Beautiful card... love all the techniques you used!

AJsArts said...

Beautiful card - I love the trees :)

Anonymous said...

Wonderful stamping.