Welcome to the Give Thanks Blog Hop
‘Thank you is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.
As we approach the holiday season, we can all take a moment to reflect on things for which we can be thankful. We should be grateful for the big things; but also for the little things and take the time to give thanks for all the persons and moments that make our lives so special.
And speaking of thankful, we would like to say a HUGE THANKS to our sponsor today.
Theresa is giving away a $20 Stampin’ Up Gift Certificate to one lucky winner AND take 10% off any order placed through her (not available on website) by November 30th. Email her at scrapsbygracie AT gmail.com with your order.
All you have to do to win this fabulous prize is comment on each of the blogs. That’s it! It really is easy. Of course, we would love it if you became a follower too. And, if you become a follower on my blog, you will be entered in a card bundle give-away when I reach 100 e-mail followers. Don’t worry if you subscribe via NetWorked Blogs or Bloglovin as you’ll be included in the drawing.
If you’ve been following my blog, you know I’m always talking about adding detail to cards to take them up a notch. Things like sponging, dry embossing and the like. Well, today I’m doing something a bit different in this hop than in the past by showing you only two cards, but two versions of each; a basic version and a stepped-up version. If you like this sort of comparison, please tell me in the comments section so I know to do more of this in the future.
My first card is a card in a box made with a cut file by Lori Whitlock purchased in the Silhouette store. I love this type of card; they sure do have a wow factor for someone who has never seen one. In my circle of friends and family, that list is getting smaller ;-). Here is a side by side comparison of the two. At first glance they don’t appear much different, right?
But let’s take a closer look:
The picture on the top shows the plain card while the bottom image shows sponging on the base of and all pieces. It adds depth and dimension. I also dry embossed the patterned paper using Argyle and Oriental Weave embossing folders which adds texture.
Here you can see the sponging on all the pieces. I got a bit carried away with the turkey’s l’il face, I think, but…too late now. I used the Fancy Fan embossing folder on the tail feathers and I used a crimper on the leaves. Here’s a parting shot of the stepped-up card:
Next up, another picture of both pumpkin cards made using a Jodi Warner cut file purchased in the Silhouette store. I used all the same Tangerine Tango and Peach Parfait card stock and Sunlit Summer digital patterned papers by Gina K Designs and All Our Yesterdays by Eva Kipler for the leaves.
And here are a few comparison pictures.
These first two show the difference sponging and dry embossing can make. I used several embossing folders; Scroll Work, Tiny Mosaic and Love’s in the Air by Cuttlebug and Petal Burst by Stampin’ Up.
Here we compare plain to sponged leaves which I also ran through a crimper and the stem embossed with Stampin’ Up’s Woodgrain folder.
I upper picture shows the greeting with nothing done to it. The bottom has been colored with a Copic marker which I also ran around the outside of the piece to hide the white edge of the print and cut piece. Just tracing around the outer edge gives the piece a much more finished look.
Now you’re off to visit the fabulous and funny, Lisa. I hope you enjoyed what I shared with you today and that you’ll visit me again…often 😉
Here’s the full line-up just in case you get lost:
- Alicia – http://goldengoddessdesigns.blogspot.com/
- Sue – http://suek86401.blogspot.com/
- Kim – http://katydidcards.com/
- Lisa – http://lisaslittlerascals.blogspot.com/
- Amanda – http://salnclts76.blogspot.com
- Connie – http://conniecancrop.blogspot.com/
- Jearise – http://lorbysworld.blogspot.com/
- CADC – http://cardadaychallenge.blogspot.com/
- Theresa – http://scrapsbygracie.blogspot.com/
And just before you go I wanted to let you know about a fantastic sale Stampin’ Up is having a sale! November 21st-28th, Get your goodies at some great prices! Don’t wait too long after the sale starts as some items are available only while supplies last!