Monday, September 20, 2010

Trees, Two Ways

Today I have not one but two cards to share. I was working on a completely black and white card using Lovely as a Tree, when it occurred to me that by simply changing up the colors it would be a wonderful winter card, too. Let me show you.

I'd had the idea for this first card rumbling around in my head for a while. Black and white is always classy, and by embossing the trees in black it dressed it up even more. Well, of course my white embossing powder sits next to my black embossing powder, and that got me to thinking. How about white? Bet that would make some nice snowy trees!

Instead of totally reversing the colors and putting the white trees on a black background, I opted for a Night of Navy backdrop, in keeping with my winter theme. But really, even though I first thought of them as trees covered in snow, I think this card could be given in any season because again, it's just a classy looking color combo!

In the black and white version, I distressed the edges of the black layer and stitched black x's in the corners with embroidery thread, but it didn't actually turn out quite as I had anticipated. So in the blue and white version I left the edges crisp. Which version do you prefer?

Thanks for popping by and I hope your week is off to a great start!

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Night of Navy
Ink: Versa Mark
Accessories: black embossing powder, white embossing powder, black 1/2" satin ribbon, white 1/2" satin ribbon, black embroidery thread


Debbie said...

I'm usually a black and white fan but I think I like the blue and white better as well. Your eye stays focused on the trees in that one but they are both very pretty!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous cards!! Did you use a heat gun on the powder or just sprinkle it on and take off the excess?

The Apple Crate said...

I wish I had a heat gun! Since I don't, I have to emboss the old school way by holding the paper over my stove. You have to use some sort of heat to set the embossing powder or it will brush off. Hope that helps! :)