Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Gold Greetings

Hi everyone!  A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to have this card chosen as the winner of Lesley's The Challenge.  What a thrill!

As a reward, I get to be Guest Designer this week for the latest sketch and color challenge.  Check this out:

I ended up making two cards for this challenge!  The first card was much more layered than I usually make and also used patterned paper - which I rarely use!  So even though it's quite a pretty card, when I looked at it, I just wasn't sure.

I used a Tim Holtz woodgrain embossing folder on both the patterned paper and the kraft panel which I lightly went over with Vintage Photo distress ink to highlight.  The central oval was sponged with Fired Brick and Vintage Photo ink.  I left the center lighter than the outsides.  The die cut was cut using gold foil paper and looks really pretty and shiny.

And now for the second, CAS version:

Lots of white space here, which I like.  

So, which one do you prefer?

Make sure you check out the rest of the amazing talent at The Challenge - Lesley has assembled a very talented team.

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Ink:  Fired Brick, Vintage Photo (Distress)
Cardstock:  White, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Gold, Crumb Cake, Watercolor
Accessories:  Woodgrain EF (Tim Holtz), Seasons Greeting Die (SSS), Brilliant Gifts Die (SSS), oval nesties, Lil Inkers Stitched Mats Rectangle



Hannelie said...

Each one special in it's own way! But yes that white and gold just speak to me!

Jen W. said...

Both cards are great but the first one is a real stunner! Love that red inked oval!

Lesley Croghan said...

Both are amazing but I LOVE the richness of the first card, Karren!! So excited you could guest with us at The Challenge! Hugs!

Nance E Salkeld said...

Both cards are beautiful, Karren. I love how one sketch can result in completely different looks and styles. Glad you are guesting with us at The Challenge! Nance

Bonnie said...

I love the rich red oval with the shiny gold sentiment of the first one, But my CAS heart really loves the second one! Great job on both and congratulations on your win! Have a great week!

Maura R said...

Congrats on your winning card! This new card is fabulous too. What a great idea to emboss the woodgrain on the dsp too, and I love that gold lettering. Beesmom at split coast

Kristie Goulet said...

Congrats on your winning card, Karren! I LOVE both of these but the white and gold one speaks to me too! :)

wienerhoneymooners said...

Hello Karren!! Love that Gold, seriously adds so much elegance!!!

Notes by Nina said...

Congrats on your winning card :). Both card today are stunning, I love the bold sentiment.

Narelle Farrugia said...

I love both cards Karren, but I especially love the richness of those colours you've used in your first one.

~amy~ said...

awesome cards! I'm such a fan of color and pattern that the first one is my fav!

Barbara Derksen said...

Hi Karren,

Your card is dynamic, blingy but not over done. Love the inking in the middle, how it goes in gradients. Such a statement greeting!


Lynn Put said...

Wonderful cards! Both cards are very pretty. I love the rich colors and texture on your first card, the gold lettering really pops against the red.

Sheri (a.k.a PaperCrafty) said...

Lovely cards! I love the richness of the first card! Congrats on having your card selected!

Ellen said...

Really beautiful, Karren! I love both of them but my favourite is the second one. The colours are perfect together!

Greetings from Ellen