Thursday, November 7, 2019

Teas the Season!

Hello, Thursday. This week is just whizzing right by me. Only two more days left of

While I love to look at and make coffee/tea/cocoa theme cards, I have no idea who to send them to as people's drink choices are so unique nowadays. Oddly enough, this does not stop me from collecting more supplies. Just yesterday I ordered more coffee stamps and dies! Well, the only thing to do is use them and hope for a happy ending, LOL.

Here is another go at a CAS card with mainly brown colors and an Oxidized (Tarnished) Metal technique. This card was fun to make, but so completely out of my style element. I tried being really mega-strict with the CAS design. I used a very pared down sketch and no... zip... zero mat layers! WUUUUT? See what I mean? Out of my element. That bottom mat layer's my security blanket, y'all!

Papers: Silver Foil paper, Recollections 110# card stock, Neenah index stock
Stamps:  Stamplorations, Impression Obsession, Sugarloaf, Cornish Heritage Farms, Lawn Fawn
Inks:  VersaMark, VersaFine Clair, Brilliance, Ranger Archival, ProMarkers
Stencils:  Dusty Attic Starry Night
Dies:  Stamplorations Coffee Cup Silhouette, Spellbinders Labels 2, I/O Peppermint Block
Embossing Folders:  Cuttlebug Candy Cane Stripes and Swiss Dots
Other/Stash:  Cropadile Corner Rounder, Washi Tapes, gold and copper embossing powders, Sakura Metallic glitter gel pen

I used PaperBabe's current sketch, sizing to 5x7 A7 in PSE before printing out. The next thing I did was dig out all my foil papers, all foiled card stock except one. That one was a lone 12x12 sheet of foil on one side and paper on the other. I took a pic of it for you, the smaller piece on top is the paper back.

I cut some and Xyroned it to some Neenah index stock to give it a bit more stiffness and weight. I cut that into two pieces and embossed one piece with the Candy Cane embossing folder, and embossed the other with the Swiss Dots folder. I rounded the corners of the Candy Cane embossed piece and put it aside.

FYI -- The Candy Cane embossed piece is very hard to reliably photograph. This photo looks the most true. Many of the other photos make this piece look green but it isn't. It's silver...just silver dry-embossed foil paper.

Here's a close-up to show how much shine is on this card. For the second foil piece that became the framed tea cup silhouette, I colored it using the Oxidized or Tarnished Metal technique. This is basically dry embossing your paper, then swiping it randomly with an embossing inkpad, then applying metallic embossing powders and melting until you achieve the look you want. I used gold and copper powders, finally swiping a bit of Archival Watering Can grey over the raised embossed dots. Then I cut the piece using the tea cup die and gave it a coat or two of hair spray to keep anything from flaking off. Also, in the photo above and below you can really see the embossed dots on the tea cup (very subtle as opposed to the candy cane stripes underneath it).

The peppermints, peppermint stick and holly are all hand-stamped and colored by the stamping ink. The peppermints come with dies and I fussy cut the holly. I also applied some metalling glitter gel pen to the holly leaves and put Glossy Accents on the holly berries. All that remained was assembling the parts of my little tea cup cluster collage and securing it to the card front.

Before doing that, though, I rounded the corners of the card base and then applied the washi tape at a diagonal. I stamped my sentiment with VersaMark and heat-embossed it with copper powder. I then took my starry night stencil and a few metallic shades of Brilliance ink in the little dew drops, and I stenciled some stars using copper, silver and gold inks. I let that dry and then I adhered my tea cup piece and was done with the front.

 I kept the inside simple, just stamping some senTEAments. ;-)))

 On the backside, I stamped my siggie on a die cut label of the silver paper and heat-embossed it in copper but it was not legible in parts due to the paper being very slick and I failed to keep my stamp from moving. So I took a black ProMarker and wrote over the original lettering so it stood out clearly. The embossed powder outlines the sentiment nicely now. More Washi Tape is laid down behind it.

A final view. I really do not know how I would ever be able to get used to making cards this simply or quickly. And I'm LOL'ing at myself as I say that. I don't think it hurts me one bit to occasionally practice this style, though. I might get more comfortable with it and better at it, who knows? As for this metal technique, I liked it because I love melting powder!

I will say one thing I learned for sure: all that white space is terribly difficult to keep clean! ;-)

1.   PaperBabe Stamps Challenge #105: Sketch -- sketch shown above
2.   CAS Mix Up Nov. Challenge: Oxidized Metal + Stamping + Your Choice -- my card is CAS, my sentiment is stamped and my tea cup is die cut, so Die-cutting for my choice.
3.   A Place to Start Nov. Challenge: Photo Color Inspiration -- my spot colors are green and red
4.    Coffee Lovers Fall/Winter 2019 Blog Hop
5.    Outlawz Color Tuesdays Nov. 5-18: Photo Inspiration  -- I added some red and green instead of blue to some of these browns and golds, and I also include a cuppa hot beverage.
6.    12 Months of Christmas Link-Up #59: ACG + Opt. Red & Green -- I've played the option and used those colors.
7.    The Sisterhood of Crafters: Make It Clean and Simple -- my 3rd and final entry
8.    Winter Wonderland Nov. Challenge: Use Holly and/or Ivy -- I used some holly.
9.    Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge #462: ACG + Opt. Something Beginning with H -- I've played the option. I used some Holly
10.  Christmas at Sweet Stampin Oct. Challenge: ACG + Opt. STARS -- I've played the option.
11.  Merry Little Christmas Challenge #16: AG
12.  CAS Christmas Challenge Nov: Warm & Cozy -- Drinking hot tea makes a person feel warm and cozy!  

13.  Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge Nov: Tis the Season
14.  TTCRD Challenge Nov. 5-11: AG
15.  Aud Sentiments Challenge #239: AG + Sentiment
16.  Crazy 4 Challenges #C4C509: Candy -- Peppermints
17.  Stamplorations Never Ending Anything Goes Challenge  -- I used the sentiments from Caffeinated Christmas and the coffee cup silhouette die.
18.  Caffeine Fueled Paper Play November: AG Caffeinated UE -- Sponsor: Stamplorations
19.  Rainbow Card Challenge #11: Magically Metallic 

As always, I so appreciate your visits. Come again real soon and find some happy today! xoxo


Beth Norman-Roberts said...

Such a pretty shiney card. You rocked the design inspiration very well. Have a great weekend Aimes

Esther Asbury said...

Great take on that sketch -- I love the peppermints!

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

Super cute, love all the shine! I say if it is a Christmas card you could send it to almost anyone. Except maybe a kid. They probably don’t drink tea or coffee...

Verna Angerhofer said...

Your card is so gorgeous with the Christmas design and I love all the shine on it.

Chris said...

Fabulous card, a very clever design and great use of your sketch! Thanks for joining us at CaSS this month

Billie A said...

So festive and perfect for the coffee lovers hop

New Creations said...

Love the textures, so pretty!

Linda said...

This looks fab, I love the shine. Great results from the oxidised metal technique. Thanks for playing along with the CAS Mix Up challenge xx

Rachelle Oltean said...

Awesome take on the sketch challenge and I love the use of foiling! So happy you went a bit outside of your comfort zone because it's beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing it at A Place To Start!
Rachelle - DT@APTS

Jacq said...

Fabulous card Aimeslee! You put so much detail into the simplest of designs and this one is just awesome!
Thanks for sharing this one with us over at The Outlawz Colour Challenge!
The Outlawz DT

Fikreta said...

SO very nice!
Hello from Coffee Lovers blog hop!

Furrbster said...

What a unique design - brilliant,

Many thanks for playing along with us at Aud Sentiments,

Hugz Tinz

Crafting With Jack said...

Unusual die cut, must look out for that one x

Bonnie said...

This is an awesome card, Aimeslee! I love your oxidized metal on this die cut and the dry embossed striped metal behind it! The candy canes, peppermints and holly add a very festive touch! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at CAS Mix Up and CAS Christmas!

Vickie Y said...

Beautifully designed CAS card; love the image and sentiment! Thank you for sharing with us at The Sisterhood of Crafters.

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

This is so pretty

Jane Willis said...

Love the play on words in the sentiment! Great card with lots of detail
GDT at A Place To Start

Let's Art Journal said...

Fabulous Christmas card! The design with the heat embossing and metallic inks looks amazing with all that beautiful shimmer and shine 😁. The sentiment made me smile too! Wishing you a wonderful weekend! Hugs, Jo x

crafty-stamper said...

GReat card Aimeslee as always love the Christmas coffee mug and stars.Thank you for joining us at A Place To Start
Carol DT x

Darlene said...

OH WOW! This is just AWESOME!! Love it! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Sisterhood of Crafters challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please stop in for a visit!

Papercraft Boutique said...

Wonderful holiday card, Aimeslee! You got a great result with the oxidized metal technique. The coffee cup has a rustic look and it looks awesome! The candy cane dry embossed background and all the other festive details look shiny and wonderful. Thank you so much for joining us at CAS Mix Up!
Hideko xx

Christine Alexander said...

Love all the shimmer and shine of your hot mug of coffee. thanks for joining us at CAS Christmas.

Shelly said...

So beautiful!

Chana Malkah said...

This is so pretty! Your focal image made me think back to my childhood in Pennsylvania, sitting in the bay window drinking hot cocoa w/peppermint and watching the snow as it fell silently to the ground. Thanks for the memory and the gorgeous CAS design! We always look forward to your creations at A Place To Start!
Chana Malkah, Owner
A Place To Start Challenge
613 Avenue Create Challenge

Loll said...

Fantastic Christmas card Aimeslee!! Love all the elements that make this a CAS mixed media creation! The oxidized metal coffee mug die-cut is awesome! Wonderful mix of elements that all work together perfectly! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

Em Louise Fairley said...

This is so cute! Coffee is my morning beverage, so this to me is doubly perfect for our challenge! Thanks for joining us at TRCC, and I hope we see you soon.
Em, DT

Jacqueline said...

What a wonderful card. Thanks for joining us for our challenge at TRCC - Jacqueline DT x

Trina P. said...

Wonderful card with incredible texture and dimension. Fabulous punny sentiment. Thank you for joining us at CAS Christmas.

Susan Joyce said...

The Oxidized metal technique worked a treat with your CAS coffee themed card. I love all the texture you achieved. Thanks for sharing at CAS Mix Up this month.

KT Fit Kitty said...

Not sure how I missed this one but I absolutely LOVE it! I have that cup die too and love what you've done here with the gold and silver! Love the added candy too, awesome job!

Granmargaret said...

Lovely work. Thank you for joining the challenge at the 12 Months of Christmas cards link up and Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge. Hope to see you again next time

Nance said...

Fabulous faux metal look on your die cut with the addition of some holiday treats! Thanks for joining us at CAS Christmas this month.

Linda said...

This looks fab ..... Thank you for playing along with the Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge xx

cohenna said...

Beautiful! Thanks so much for participating in the Rainbow Card Challenge this time and good luck :)

Lisa said...

Beautiful card! Love how you've used SO many elements to make a "simple" and I use the word simple lightly... I can see how much love and time you've put into it. Thanks so much for playing along at Caffeine Fueled Paper Play!