PTI has a beautiful Christmas inspiration photo for their challenge this month, found here.
I chose to go with the colour scheme of red, white, and a touch of green and light blue. I used the new Bold Borders: Snowflake and die cut a sheet of homemade glitter paper. (I used some sparkle acrylic paint to paint a sheet of thin cardstock.) I added the "Joy" sentiment, which comes with the coverplate. I heat embossed it with a red glitter embossing powder, as well as the bow from Corner Adorners. The bells were embossed with clear powder on blue cardstock, and it's done. I like how this turned out, and may make more like this.
Here's a closer look at the sparkle. Unfortunately, it's really difficult in photos to see the white sparkle on the coverplate. It's so pretty, yet subtle, in real life.
I had a few alcohol ink backgrounds done, and used this opportunity to make them into cards. I die cut the SSS star from mirror cardstock, and embossed a sentiment with coordinating embossing powder. I made 7 of these cards, altogether.
Again, this design idea is from Jennifer McGuire.
I wanted to try Kristina's emboss resist, with ombre inking, so used this SSS stamp. I heat embossed with silver and inked with two shades of blue/teal ink. I wanted to add some rough embossing around the perimeter, as well, and liked the organic, framed look it added.
Here is a quick card made with a lot of embossing.
I fist stamped the tree with green ink, then restamped with Versamark and embossed with White Pearl embossing powder. The star on top and the "glow" around the tree were embossed with gold glitter embossing powder. (Excuse the poor lighting--it was starting to get dark outside!)
I embossed the lights on the tree with silver, but it was too pale, so went over it with red stickles. The base of the tree was embossed with copper powder.
My last 2 cards were done with transluscent embossing paste, and Dawn was my inspiration. I die cut my snowflake (PTI) out of acetate and used the negative on one card, and sponged the paste around the positive for the other card. I used some smaller snowflakes (WPlus9 and WMS) to embellish the large flake, with a jewel in the center.
The die cut sentiment is cut from homemade glitter paper, and the whole card was sprayed with Shimmer spritz.
My second card was made by using the positive snowflake and sponging the translucent embossing paste around it. Again, I embellished with a couple small snowflakes and a jewel. The sentiment (PTI) is heat embossed with white powder.
If you made it through all 3 posts, congratulations! I have never posted so many cards all at once!
I also used some gold embossing paste, and stencils to create the following 2 cards. The first one is using dies from SSS. I created a stencil from a piece of DuraLar, and spread the paste into the star, on top of an alcohol ink background. The sentiment is cut out of a gold adhesive sheet, backed with vellum. Jennifer MCGuire did a similar card awhile back, and that was my inspiration for this card. (Thanks, Jennifer!)
My second card uses the same gold embossing paste, and a Tim Holtz stencil. The sentiment (Penny Black) and the mat layer were done with gold embossing powder.