Saturday, August 6, 2011

MIM: #26: Decreasing Apertures

Now that I am back in the swing of things, I created a card for this week's MIM #26: Decreasing Apertures.
I began by looking through all of my dies and paired up three that would go together: Tag # 1, the sunflower burst & circle from Limitless Labels.

      I picked Tag # 1 for two reasons.  I haven't used it even though I ordered it when it was first released, and I wanted to get a head start on my Christmas cards even though I am waiting (im)patiently for PTI's release of 2011 Christmas stamps.  (I wish they would do a release in July; you know the theme: Christmas in July.)

At first I picked three colors of cardstock: kraft, white and aqua mist.  But when I created a prototype using Tag # 1, I realized that I needed pattern paper under it. 

So I went through my Chrismas papers and found this:

I changed my colors to white & Spring Rain.  Here is my final product. 

The snowflake is stamped with Momento Summer Sky. You can barely see it, but I also inked around the circle to break up the white on white. I didn't stamp a sentiment on the outside.  I am hoping that there will be something in the 2011 Christmas release that I will be able to use.

After I made the card, I made a 2nd one using Enchanted Evening as the background cardstock.  The snowflake is stamped in Fresh Snow. I added pearls this time.  Even though I like the first card, I think the 2nd card is much prettier. Perhaps it is the sharp contrast. What do you think?

A close up view of the snowflake.       

Cardstock: White, Spring Rain, Enchanted Evening
Stamps: Rustic Snowflake
Dies: Tag #1, Limitless Labels
Misc: Spring Rain satin ribbon, Hero Arts Gemstones, K& C Speciality Paper, pearls.


Anna (doctorfoodie) said...

Beautiful!! I like them both, you're right, the contrast is striking on the second one. But the first one is so soft and pretty. I also love how you used the tag to create a christmas ball ornament - very fun with the ribbon.

Lou Spiden said...

What a gorgeous card/s Carol :) The first card has a soft feeling and the second one really 'pops'!

Gina said...

I like them both. The first one is a new snowfall. And then the 2nd one has a striking contrast - like a night where there is fresh snow on the ground and a clear sky with a full moon. Both are beautiful and if I were to be on your card list, I'd be thrilled to receive either! Consider making both? Is that an option?

Kara said...

ooo...awesome! i have these dies and never tried this...thanks so much for the inspiration!!

Debbie Gaydos said...

These are both soooo pretty! I love the colors, and love how you tied that ribbon on. Gorgeous!

Lynn said...

These are fantastic! I love how you've created Christmas cards using this technique, the snowflakes with rhinestones looks so pretty!

Tracey McNeely said...

Really fabulous, great start on Christmas.