Tree, part 4

Yes, I'm still playing with the tree. This time I'm using it in the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge, which tends to require a little more glam than the other challenges, so I used a lot of gold. Here is the card:

I know right off I would heat emboss the tree in gold, but the challenge needed a strong focal point, so I thought I would put the tree on a patterned paper. Then, realizing that the corners would be flipped, I thought a two-sided paper would be even better. I didn't have one that I liked, so I took a scrap of paper that I didn't like - you can't even tell that there are green cats behind the tree, can you? Why would DCWV even make paper that has green cats on a green background? I colored it on both sides with Distress inks, and applied the tree, and found a nice pine cardstock that matches the pine needle ink, and then proceeded to make a very elegant Cuttlebug Glow (TJ technique) background, but when I laid all the pieces together, it looked a little too Christmassy for me. I decided I needed a patterned paper instead for the background, but the only way any of my papers were going to work with the distress inked tree is if I distress inked them too.
Then the card was just too dark. I already had gold brads and gold wire and gold ribbon (the ribbon is off a box of candy), a little gold Krylon pen was just the thing.
It's pretty glamorous for being scraps of things I don't like. No new sheets of paper or cardstock were cut for this card, everything is scrap.


Phyllis said...

Lovely colors and nice background papers. Like the way you redid that cat paper!! Good job!! The Midnight Madness Design Team thanks you for playing with us this week. We will be looking forward to next week as well.

Phyllis - MMDesign Team

Sonya said...

Simply beautiful! Love the colors! Great job with the sketch . . . thx for taking the challenge!

Keep Smiling! ~ Sonya
Midnight Madness Design Team

Carol Hurlock said...

Absolutely divine. Your colors are rich and vibrant. This is striking and attractive. Thanks for playing MMSC this week. I look forward to seeing more of your creations.


Priscilla said...

Your card is beautiful and nothing wrong with a little more glam ..the gold is fantastic :) Thank you so much for playing the Midnight Madness Sketch challenge this week and if you have not done so yet, please stop back by and check out the Mid Week Midnight Madness Tutorial :)
MMSC Hostess

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

I love all the gold you used and the technique!! Awesome take on the sketch and a beautiful end product. Thanks for playing along with the MMSC this week!!

Jeni C Slack (^0^) said...

What a gorgeous green and gold card, Juliet! You did a great take on the sketch and the colors are brilliant :) I like the focal point too. Thanks for using our sketch this week, xox ~Jeni & MMSC DT

Denise @ kc242 said...

Your gold tree card is beautiful. Love the paper selection as well as all of the embellishments! Great take on the sketch challenge. Thanks so much for playing along with us at MMSC this week!

kimmie kaye said...

OOOHHHHHHH that background is amazing. Just beautiful.

Thanks for playing along with us.

kimmie kaye
Midnight Madness Design Team