Thursday, October 14, 2010

OLW in Two Minutes

I almost cried when I read that Susan was going to take a break from her OLW challenges on her Simplicity blog.  Seems popularity is running it's course with her, and she had to cut back somewhere.  I wish I had that problem!  heehee!  But then Jennifer Styles stepped up to the plate and is going to be posting the challenges for a while.  I'm grateful for her!  Thanks, Jennifer!

The challenge this week is to make a one layer winter holiday card without using white, cream, red, or green for the base.  When I first read it, all possibilities went out the window.

Then I had an idea.

This is possibly the fastest card I have ever made.  I think it took me longer to ink up my new silver Stazon pad than it did to make the card!  Even the simplest card I make can take me a while before I get it 'right'.  This just happened, and I love the result!

Isn't it cute that Dasher is looking at the Merry Christmas aimed right for his back end?  I think he's thinking "I'd better get out of here!"

After I lined up the image and sentiment on my background-sized acrylic block, I inked them both with silver Stazon, and presto!  It was almost done.  It still looked a little flat to me, so I sprayed some sparkle shimmer spritz over it, and that was just what it needed.  That stuff has to be my favorite new product.  I find myself reaching for it very frequently.

Supplies used:
Stamps - Dasher, Christmas Greetings
Paper - Concord Crush
Ink - silver Stazon
Accessories - sparkle Shimmer Spritz

What is your favorite new product?


ETA - Silver and gold Stazon inks are a good alternative to embossing when using on dark cardstock.  The embossing buddy leaves a little powder behind that I can never seem to get rid of, and no matter how careful I am about removing any errant flakes of EP before heating, there are always a few that show up after the image is embossed that 'ruin' the card for me.  Stazon eliminates all this and is still fairly shiny.  I will still use EP on light colored card stock, but for darker colors, I will always use Stazon for metallic images.



Jessica Wekenman said...

Gorgeous! Those colors are absolutely perfect for Christmas! I don't always leave a comment, but I am a big fan of your work! I love your style and every card you make!

Cassandra said...

Simply stunning, the colours are perfect. Completely with you about Susan and time constraints, I was so disappointed.

Tejal said...

Absolutely love it..those colors are soo fabulous!

Bev J. said...

Love your silver Dasher-cute. I need to check out that Stazon ink pad. tfs

Susan Raihala said...

Thanks for the review of StazOn metallic ink! I've been afraid to try it because of past disappointments with metallic inks. Your card is WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!

Susan said...

BEautiful card! I definitely need to find the metallic StazOn ink. I used a galaxy gold and it just puts a little shine on the cardstock. I love the look on your card!

Jennifer Styles said...

Oh how I love silver on a dark blue background.

Happy, festive and elegant all at the same time.

Great job on the challenge!

Sarah said...

So lovely! That concord crush looks fabulous with silver. The photo makes it look like you inked the edges, but maybe it's just all the subtle shimmer from the spritz.