Saturday, October 1, 2016

Winnie & Walter World Card Making Day Blog Hop + Giveaway



Welcome to the Winnie & Walter World Card Making Day Blog Hop! I am so thrilled to be joining with an amazing group of card makers! World Card Making Day is all about celebrating making and sending cards to those special people in our lives. As we start to approach the holiday season, its the perfect time to get started on holidays cards. That is exactly the inspiration that I am sharing with you today! The air is cooler, the days are getting shorter, and the thoughts of hot chocolate by the fire sound pretty good! Cozy up with a blanket and check out some great card making tips below!


First off, gorgeous stamps and dies make card making easier. Look at all the elements on my card. Gorgeous, right? Thank you Winnie & Walter for making me look good! :D

Tip 1: Create a beautiful background simply.
To create my background directly on my card base, I used watermark ink. Watermark ink brings out a deeper tone in the card stock.That deeper tone always adds texture, without being overwhelming. This is one of my favorite tricks! On this card, I stamped a large pine branch image, from In Bloom: Elsa's Floral, on my card base. I rotated the stamp as I worked around the outside edge of the card base. 

Tip 2: Repeat smaller images for a larger focal point.
The wood grain panel was created with Mini Scenery Mulitgrain. The 3x4 image would never cover a larger space, but by stamping the image repeatedly, lined up next to each other, the image became expanded. I was able to die cut the image and create a base for the rest of the layers.


Tip 3: Stamp your images in something other than black.
I wanted the berry and leave images from In Bloom: Elsa's Floral to look more natural and fit in with my color scheme. By stamping the images in a light brown ink, they stayed softer in tone. Once the image was stamped, it was colored with color pencil. The images were also trimmed with detail scissors.

Tip 4: Add glittery accents with a glue pen.
On each of the berries, I ran a Quickie Glue Pen along one edge. Then I poured glitter over the top, gently pushed it down, and tapped off the excess. The results are sparkly berries that add to the holiday feel. Add glitter accents to any part of your card easily with a glue pen!


Tip 5: Stepping up your focal point.
The focal point of my card is this large die cut word, Joy. In A Word Joy Cutaway is the ideal size for a card and it creates a beautiful impact. To step up that impact, I added a gold-dipped detail to the word. A watermark ink pad was pressed onto the letters, slightly over half way. Then embossing powder was poured onto the ink. A small paintbrush was used to sweep away the excess, and remove powder where it was not wanted. Then the embossing powder was heat set. Instead of a plain word, this gold adds a serious wow factor!

Tip 6: Finishing touches
On most of my cards I add finishing touches at the end, which usually end up being sequins or enamel dots. These final touches add movement and another splash of color. I went with gold sequins on this card, however, clear ones would have been just as lovely. When you group these finishing touches, you want to bring attention to your focal point. On this card, that is the word Joy. You also want to work in a triangle or Z shape. Look at how the sequins are placed, all around the word.

There you go, lots of good ideas for your next card! You don't have to use all of them, choose one and have fun creating cards that will mean SO much to the person receiving them! Happy World Card Making Day!

I hope you arrived here from the talented Vanessa Menhorn! If not, head to the Winnie & Walter Blog and get in on this fabulous hop! Your next stop will be the fantastic Heather Pulvirenti!! There will be 3 names drawn from all the comments left on the blog posts. Those lucky 3 winners will each receive at $25 gift certificate to the Winnie & Walter online store! Good luck! 

thanks for stopping by!

kimberly

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86 comments:

Megan Harp said...

Beautiful card. Love your techniques!

Debra Rumpza said...

Oh my... I love the look of the letters being dipped in gold! Must try!

maria f. said...

Refreshing color combo, Kimberly. It's all in the details, right? I just love your glittered berries and partially embossed sentiment.

Jackie Parkins said...

That's beautiful! Thanks for all of the cool ideas.

Martha Harris said...

Thanks so much for the clear tutorial as well as the lovely sample.

Lori Wisneski-Wenger said...

What a unique way to emboss! Beautiful inspiration!

Michele K. Henderson said...

This card really feels like a traditional Christmas! Very pretty!

jusaweecatnap said...

Beautiful card. Thanks for all the tips--every one of them is useful to know.

Daria Z. said...

This is stunning! Fabulous color combo. Happy WCMD!

Chris Handy said...

My favorite card on the hop. Love the two toned sentiment, very inventive

Debbie Selby said...

Thank you for detailing the why you did things. We know the end result is lovely but it is always helpful to know why you made the design choices that you did.

Rebecca said...

This was a beautiful card. Thank you for posting it.

Lisaerica said...

Kimberly, this is absolutely stunning! So many different elements and the color combo is gorgeous, love this card!!!! Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

Barbara Green said...

The two toned sentiment really makes this card stand out.

Patty said...

Well aren't you a smartie pants!! I love your tips...that green background & the wood grain stamping are awesome!! LOVE how you only embossed part of the Joy word...so cool looking!!

RORO world said...

Very lovely card. Love the colors

Sabrina said...

Such a beautiful card!!

Jean Bullock said...

Love the color scheme and dimension on this card. Well done.

Reusing Cards & Quilling said...

I loved the partial gold embossing on joy lovely card :)

Nandini said...

Love the elegant colors and the beautiful backgrounds. And the gold dipped sentiment is simply gorgeous!

pcm said...

so soft and pretty! happy WCMD!

Debbie Vasel said...

This card is Drop-Dead G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!!!!!!!!!!

CathyL said...

Love the gold on the letters, Kimberly!

Lynne Dillard said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for sharing.

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Love the partial embossed sentiment. Very pretty

nola said...

What a "rich" looking card!

Cynthia Cole said...

Love your card and that sentiment!

conil said...

Incredible details on your card...love all the elements. So cohesive and the colors are perfect.

Lorna S. said...

Your card doesn't just say JOY, it shows your joy in the process of making the card.

Marsha said...

Very beautiful. Love how you gold embossed only half the word JOY.

Karen B. said...

This is stunning, especially the treatment of your sentiment focal point!

Cindy C. said...

Awesome!! Love the partial embossed die cut!

Denise Ward said...

Thanks, Kimberly, for sharing this lovely design. I especially love the W&W die of the word JOY. We all need more joy in our crazy lives and this card can remind us to look for it.
Thanks for the chance to win something on this fun World Cardmaking Day! It is very much appreciated!

Judie said...

This card is simply stunning!! Love it!

Kim Faucher said...

The combinations of your tips makes this design wonderful. Love the bit of shine and the repetition of pattern

Janet D. said...

Love your card, and thanks for all the tips!

joy said...

I'm always on the lookout for Joy stamps/dies and this one is on my list for this year! Love your card, Kimberly. Thanks for the wonderful tips for making cards, too.

Christy Q said...

Wow, wow!! This is just stunning from the woodgrain panel to the pine needle background on the base and the partially dipped embossing .

Cheryl L. said...

I like your backgrounds!

Nathalie Paquette said...

Nice card !

Jean said...

Love this!

Mary said...

Beautiful card. Thank you for sharing the many techniques!

Janet Zeppa said...

Truly inspiring!!

Tracy Lustick said...

Joy dipped in Gold , so pretty !

Rose said...

Love the partial embossing & all the different layers. Very elegant card!

Brenda Lilley said...

Beautiful! Love the "joy"!

Carolee McCaslin said...

Oh wow your card is so pretty!!!

Brenda Lilley said...

Beautiful! Love the "joy"!

Ashwini Rao said...

Beautiful Christmas card, Kimberly! And thank you for the tips!!

Kathy Thisted said...

stunning card

Teri W said...

Love the ombrΓ© gold joy!

Carolyn Steele said...

Really helpful tips that seem pretty easy to implement. Your final product is beautiful!

Mary Holshouser said...

Beautiful.
I love the wood grain in the background.
The layering is so pretty.
Partial stamping of the sentiment is
a fun idea.
thanks for sharing.

Kristie Maynard said...

Absolutely in love with this card. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Dianne Plummer said...

Your color choice is beautiful.

Sandy S. said...

All good tips. And they come together to make a stunning card!

Elise Smith said...

What a great idea to make "joy" looked dipped. And I love all the green!

Katy said...

Love the joy! A beautiful card.

Donella Henderson said...

Thanks for sharing your tips. What a stunning card!

Isabelle Siry said...

WOW ! It's a stunning card Kimberly ! I love everything on it : the layout, the soft colors you chose and all the tips give a wonderful result ! Thank you very much for all those good tips and for sharing.
Izzy Scrap

Michelle said...

Wow! What a stunning card! I love the colour combination, very different.

Linda Whitaker said...

Kimberly, What a beautiful card! Love how you brought everything together. Thank you for sharing with us.

Linda Whitaker said...

Kimberly, What a beautiful card! Love how you brought everything together. Thank you for sharing with us.

Arianna Barbara said...

Amazing card!!!

L. Webb said...

I'm envious of the style you have to your art... you create beautiful visions. Thank you for sharing!

Sue Denoncour said...

LOVE all the textures and layers of your beautiful card.

Barbara Nies said...

Amazing card with stunning color combos. Thank you for your detail instructions.

Marta said...

ooh...i really like how you dipped "joy" into gold embossing powder. gives it such a neat look.

Marlene Bonetti said...

Oh, what a lovely christmas card! The half embossed word is a wonderful focal point! Awesome!

Dr Sonia S V said...

The joy looks absolutely beautiful
Cheers
Dr Sonia

CrafryJoy9 said...

I really love this card! Very pretty! Plus my name is Joy! Thanks for sharing your ideas!
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Mary-Anne V said...

I learned so muxh from this post! Gorgeous card especially the embossing on the bottom.

Melissa Friedrich said...

STUNNINGLY beautiful card, thank you for all your tips! I learned SO MUCH in this blog post.

Julie Bodenheimer said...

So pretty! Thanks for the tips!

Jasleen Kaur said...

Love those letters dipped in gold ! Gorgeous card.
Jasleen xx

mandalj said...

Thanks for the all the tips in the easy to follow steps! Love the gold-embossed JOY - looks fabulous!

Super Stick Chick said...

Gorgeous card! Love how your sentiment looks like it was dipped in gold.

Patty said...

Gorgeous card. Just love the gold.

TracyM #6773 said...

ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS card Kimberly!!!
LOVE your background, LOVE your delicate colouring and ADORE your partial embossing ... YES, I LOVE IT ALL!!!
THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION and tips ... I look forward to practising everything you have shared :)

cassie said...

Oh this is beautiful!

Denise Bryant said...

Beautiful card! Love the layers and textures! So pretty with the partial embossing on the word die!

Berina RGA said...

Beautiful card!! Love the gold on 'JOY'!!
-Berina
Moxie Craftie

cm said...

I’m late to the hop, but it’s a perfect day for doing so, as it’s gloomy and lightly snowing here. Nothing like awesome creativity to brighten my spirits, and your die cut *Joy*, dipped in gold and surrounded by pretty green foliage, has certainly done so! Gorgeous!
~carol

Char K said...

love your gold dipped sentiment!

Mom and wife. said...

Very lovely card.

Mom and wife. said...

Love this card