Welcome to the GSF (Global Stamping Friends) Blog Hop 16 with Festive Celebrations as our
theme, featuring Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world to help inspire you. Today I decided to share two cards that show how to use Gold to add a festive touch to your Christmas cards.
These two cards are very different but each shows how you can use gold to step up your card or project to make extra special. The snowflake Christmas card has a classic, elegant feel to it, while the Seasonal Chums Reindeer card has a touch of whimsy that is sure to make people smile.
There is something so beautiful about a snowflake and I love the way the large embossed snowflake, created using the Winter Wonder Textured Embossing Folder (item #144686), creates a beautiful background to this card design. Using Thick Very Vanilla cardstock for the card base and another piece for the layer, the card could seem very plain, even with the embossed snowflake. But look what happens when you add a little Gold Foil for the circle matte, Gold embossing powder for the snowflake and sentiment and the Gold 3/8" Metallic Edge Ribbon for an accent. Suddenly the card takes on life and is transformed into a simply beautiful card. I used the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set for the snowflake image and the Hang Your Stocking stamp set for the sentiment. The finishing touch was a basic Pearl to embellish the center of the gold embossed snowflake. This card is quick and easy to create but looks like it took a lot of time and effort to create. It would be perfect if you have to make a large number of cards in a short time to send out to family and friends for the holidays.
For my 2nd card, I used more gold. A lot. This time I chose to use Thick Whisper White for my card base and I just had to use a piece of the Gold Checked DSP from the Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper pack for the background. I used the reindeer stamp from the Seasonal Chums stamp set on Crumb Cake cardstock using Early Espresso Classic ink and heat embossed it with Clear Embossing powder. I then die cut it with the Seasonal Tags Framelits Dies and trimmed around the antlers with my Paper Snips. I colored the reindeer image with my Stampin' Blends for a little dimension and a pop of color. I added the image to a circle of Soft Sky cardstock with Mini Stampin' Dimensionals to help him stand out. Next I layered the Soft Sky circle onto a Gold Foil Snowflake and attached it to the card. The sentiment is from the Labels to Love stamp set and I heat embossed it with Gold Embossing powder on Whisper White cardstock. I punched it out using the Everyday Label Punch, which coordinates perfectly with this stamp set. I added a piece of 1/8" Gold Ribbon to the card and attached the sentiment with Mini Stampin' Dimensionals. There is so much to love about this fun card and it is simple to create and assemble.
So there you have it. Two very different cards using gold to help you celebrate the Festive Season. Which card do you prefer? Do you like classically elegant or fun and whimsical? I would love to hear which card is your favorite and why in the comments below.
Until Next time.Happy Stampin',
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