Sunday, August 31, 2008

Which One?



I can't make up my mind. Do I even need to? Hmm 2 You tell me. Both cards have the image, Poinsettia and Holly by Impression-Obsession, stamped in Brilliance Galaxy Gold on Curious Ice Gold text weight paper (first cut with Spellbinder Nestabilities Large Scallop Circle third from largest die), and was painted with Twinkling H2O's Garnet and Sweet Alfalfa. The poinsettia image was stamped 3 more times on the Ice Gold paper and then cut-out and layered as shown on each other with glue dots. The final layers were mounted on the paper with a dimensional pop dot.

The largest Scallop die was used to cut 1 circle from Curious Ice Gold text weight paper, and 2 circles from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Super Smooth 80lb cover cardstock for the inside of the card.

A 1/4" Magic Matter guide was used to trace around one of the Solar White scalloped circles twice on a folded 8.5X11 folded piece of Glama Navtural Clear Vellum 48lb. Cover Vellum (bought on sale) to get the outside vellum card. The two scallops at the top were left connected and then reinforced with another piece of vellum to support the final card.

I got this idea from Lynda Benden at Stamp Act here. You really should check out her blog. She is one great card artist and designer. Mine is different because I wanted a bigger card, so my outside scallops are not as deep by using the Magic Matter.
Impression-Obsession Sprig (Leigh Hannan uses this design on a lot of her stamps as fill in. It looks great for inside the card and envelopes. A little design and not a lot of extra work.) was used to go around the edge of the vellum card with Brilliance Galaxy Gold and then painted the leaves with Twinkling H2O's Sweet Alfalfa.

Glossy Accents sprinkled with Butterscotch Translucent Mini Micro Beads were applied to the center of the poinsettia and allowed to dry. A light amount of Stickles Yellow glitter glue was applied on top to make them glisten a little, and they do. :-) The image was mounted to the middle of the Vellum cardfront. The ribbon is from Michaels.


Now the dilemma. Stickles Garnet was added around the Poinsettia on the Holly Berries. Stickles Diamonds was added to the Berries with the Sprigs near the Poinsettia and on the Sprigs near the scallops. On the second card I added more of the Stickles Garnet to the scallops on the main image and also to the scallops on the vellum. I can't seem to pick.

Thanks for stopping by 'the blog' to visit and to look.

 

 Shirley

 

33 comments:

Shelly said...

I think I like the 2nd one better because of all the detail from the stamps, the extra is not needed. Beautiful cards Shirley!

LadyDoc said...

They are both absolutely GORGEOUS!!!! No need to choose!

Peet said...

I think they are both great, Shirley!!!

Ann said...

Wow! They are both beautiful! Why choose? :D

Penny said...

hello there, well, I see you love IO stamps!! Beautiful work! I wish you the best of luck with the guest designer call :)

Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

Oh my gosh -- these are both just stunning -- totally stunning!!! You asked, so I'd say I prefer the 2nd one, but both are fabulous!!!! But I always go for the simpler design -- that's the only reason -- the detail on these both is incredible -- WONDERFUL WORK!!! TFS!!!

Gwen said...

Both are stunning!!!! If I had to choose I would choose the top one....can't believe you made 2!!!

Suzanne C said...

These are so beautiful.. No need to choose. This way you have two gorgeous choices!

Etha said...

this is weird :) Visually I like the second one better with less garnet stickles, my mind likes the first one better WITH the extra garnet dots. waaaahnhh, this could be a schizophrenic beginning!

Julie Koerber said...

Both are fabulous Shirley!! I love that pointsettia stamp. You just made it sing!!! :-)

Cheryl said...

Wonderful cards Shirley! They are both just so very, very pretty.

Maria Matter said...

Shirley, these are gorgeous!!! Both!!!
Blessings, Maria

Jackie said...

Top one with the garnet Stickles, definitely.

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Wow, these are BOTH gorgeous. Really you can't go wrong with either...but I'll vote for the first one. :)

Deb Neerman said...

Stunning! WoW, what a beauty!!

I chose the 2nd card but either one is jess bee-you-tea-full!

~Hugs, Deb

Amanda McIlhatton said...

Can't choose!!! Both beautiful intricate designs.

Candy said...

Both are gorgeous!!

Oxana said...

Both are just fabulous!!! Thank you for your comments in my blogg. Hugs Oxana.

The Rubber Maid said...

I love them both also but I guess I'd say the 2nd. one really has the pazazz. Awesome cards. Pat

Julia Aston said...

Both are beautiful! I couldn't even follow all the steps you used on these - suffice it to say they are both gorgeous!

The Country Rose said...

WOW!!!! Those are both jaw dropping GORGEOUS!!!!!! I like them both so I won't be any help :).

Barb

Pam said...

Shirley, your work is just breathtaking......I'm going now to check out all of it!!!

I noticed that you moved to Kannapolis, NC five years ago. Back in 1968, my ex-husband got his first transfer and promotion to Asst. Mgr. at the J. C. Penney store there. We lived there for about a year and a half...til the next promotion!

Theresa said...

They are both wonderful! If I have to choose, I'll pick the second one. Seems to have just a bit more dimension, either one is gorgeous!

Kathryn said...

WOW-- Your card is absolutely gorgeous!
That flower is amazing -- love all the detail!

Thanks so much for leaving all the wonderful comments on my blog -- You are so very thoughtful. :)

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, my gosh! These are both incredibly gorgeous! The details! Breathtaking!

Debbie Olson said...

Both are fabulous, Shirley--I don't think I could choose!

mochamama said...

These are both very stunning in their own ways!

stampqueen said...

These both are Absolutly STunning!!!! Love them both.

Bouncy, Flouncy, Fun,Fun, Fun said...

Both are beautiful!

Kerry D-C said...

OMG! these are both PULCHRITUDINOUS! absolutely breathtaking!

Summerthyme Studio said...

WOW!!!! This is absolutely Beautiful Shirley.

Thanks for visiting my blog............ I am enjoying yours!

Vicki

SparkofWhimsy said...

These are so pretty. At first I thought they were plates!!

I like the first one more, though they're both to die for, hehe but I think I tend to go a bit overboard in adding stickles and sparklies. I really enjoy the detail you put into your cards.

Thank you so much for commenting so often on my blog too. You are very nice! :)

Tammi said...

I can't choose, their both very pretty!

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