Saturday, July 7, 2012

Less is More - GOLD

Hadn't made a card in a while and couldn't resist this week's Less is More Challenge to use Gold on a clean and simple card.  Back when I first started stamping several years back, heat embossing was all the rage.  To this day it packs a WOW factor for anyone seeing it for the first time and remains a favorite technique of mine although I seem to rarely use it.
It can be tricky to photograph things that are embossed because from one angle the embossed item looks dark - if you can capture the gleam your card tends to be washed out - The embossing powder I used is Old Glory from Stampin' Up! (an old bottle - not sure if they still make that color or not) - The stamped image and sentiment are my old wood mounted A Muse stamps.  The background was stamped with my handcarved chevron stamps.  
Check out my crazy fingernails!  I rarely (never) polish my nails but I saw some Sally Hanson nail stickers the other day that called out my name - they look like pen and ink drawings in my favorite colors of black and beige (remember - color scares me) - In fact, I currently have on khaki capris and a black shirt so my nails match perfectly!!  This is pretty wild for me although my rebel toes are sporting dark brown polish. Never any purple, blue or green nail polish for me!!

12 comments:

veronica said...

is that your handcarved chevron in the background?
it looks great!

Mandi said...

Not a lot of white space Michelle but such a terrific card
That gold leave spray looks superb
as do your nails!

Really good to see you again
Thanks so much
mandi
"Less is More"

Pia S said...

Fab design, both card and nails!

Loli. eltallerdelosrecuerdos@gmail.com said...

Hola Michelle, very vibrant and bright card, perfect for summer time in Spain:D, fantastic background and perfect embossing, good work.
Hugs from Palma

Darnell J Knauss said...

I'm with you. I love the look of embossed, and have lots, but don't use it as often as I should. I love the nails, too - they look reptilian! Clever ideas people have!

Chrissie said...

This looks great Michelle, despite having little white space, but it's a fab design and I love the embossing... your nails look really funky too!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Marrigje said...

I really like the gold on this background. I would never have thought of something like that. Thank you for inspiring me.

Marrigje

Karen said...

Super card Michelle - love the chevron background. I'm in love with your nails.......that looks like Zentangle on them - I'm off to check them out!!! lol

Karen x

Victoria said...

The embossing looks fabulous on top of those striking chevrons!

baileyrosy.com said...

What an amazing card, love your hand carved chevron stamping and the embossing is gorgeous. Love those fab and funky nails mine are sporting stain ink at the mom lol

Marie

Suze Bain said...

Love the colour and design of your cards and those nails are so funky! xx

Glenda J said...

Absolutely stunning card and I love your funky nails! So fun!