Thursday, December 16, 2010

IO metallic challenge

I love metallic cards. I still have no idea how to photograph them though. I could use some help from any of you bloggers out there! Somehow the pictures just don't capture the shimmer and sparkle....especially when you shoot the front of the card. Ideas? Holding the card up to the light gives a better idea of how the card sparkles:

Today's IO challenge was to make a metallic card. It does seem to be that time of year for a little extra glitz and bling! I chose to use metallic silver and metallic blue paper. They work well together to create a frosty wintery card. I stamped the Damask Snowflake (F2258) onto white paper with Versamark ink and embossed it with JudiKins Aegean Silver embossing powder. I cut around the snowflake and then added some Stardust pen to color the image. It gave it a really nice silver shimmer. To finish the snowflake, I added a bunch of clear gems.

For the background, I stamed the Cover a Card Snowflakes (CC066) onto silver cardstock with Versamark ink and embossed it with silver powder. To add even more sparkle to the card, I attached a glittery silver ribbon to the card.

Want more metallic inspiration? Check out the work by Danelia, Deborah, Dina, Jeanne, Jenny, Kathy, and Kelli. Want to play along? Check out the contest information here. You could even win a $25 IO gift certificate!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

IO Challenge- New Year's Resolutions

Sorry I have been MIA. Lots to do with work, the holiday, and prepping for Christmas! I definitely wanted to play around with the latest IO Challenge though which was to make a card featuring a New Year resolution.

For me, my resolutions center around walking more and eating better. I made this card because I want to be sure to drink more water and green tea each day. I love the Teacup (D2160) image, but I am just going to pretend that it doesn't have a yummy truffle on the side.

To make the card, I stamped the Cover a Card Flourishes (CC027) onto cream paper using Versamark ink and embossed it with clear powder. I then sponged on top of it with Spun Sugar, Milled Lavender, Victorian Velvet, and a smidge of Fired Brick Distress ink. I then added a strip of the Cover a Card Screen (CC049) stamped onto cream paper using Victorian Velvet distress ink. To finish the card, I colored my image with Copic markers, cut out the cup, and popped it up onto the card on top of a pink ribbon. Finally, I stamped the saying (My Cup of Tea A5511) onto the bottom of the card.

Want to see more resolutions? Check out the work by Deborah, Dina, Jeanne, Jenny, and Julie. Want to play along? You can find all the contest details here. You could even win a $25 IO gift certificate?