The color challenge on Splitcoaststampers today was to use Wasabi, Pretty in Pink and Whisper White or Shimmery White. I looked through all my Christmas stamps because I love playing in the challenges and yet making all my family Christmas cards while I do it. The retired Christmas Rose image would be perfect.  I stamped the image on shimmery white card stock and watercolored with re inkers and a watercolor brush. I painted a little yellow around the holly leaves for added color and sponged it around the image. It seemed everything went down hill from there.  It’s too long a story to tell but the card is proof that I don’t give up easily.  I made a couple mistakes and ended up cutting the image out to pop up.  I decided to add some pine behind the image, then decided there needed to be gold accents on the berries, flowers and evergreen. Whew!  I had already cut my double matted frame with Nestabilities and had them glued together and placed on the main card.  I decided I needed to use my versa fine point and add gold embossing around the inside wasabi mat. Oh my…..please do not try this.  It is impossible to get the gold embossing powder out of the cracks between layers.  Ugh!  But still I would not give up on this project. I figured nothing vintage could still look as perfect as it was when it was made a hundred years ago or so…so who cares if the gold embossing is messed up….a little. I decided I needed to add vintage gold and pink ribbon to the card and wanted to heated it with my gun to curl and create an aged look.  Needless to say..this card took lots longer than it should.  But…I worked too hard on it not to upload for the challenge. Don’t laugh to hard….we all have our "nothing turns out right, Murphy’s Law" kind of days.


Stamps: Christmas Cardinal, Canvas

Paper: Pretty in Pink, Wasabi, Shimmery White

Ink: Stazon, Wasabi, Pretty in Pink, Banana

Accessories: Organdy and Gold Ribbon, Gold Embossing Powder, Nestabilities, Mounting Tape, Heat Gun, Watercolor Brushes, Sponges