CASEing a masterpiece

My friend and TAC demo, Chris had a workshop the other day in which we made "masterpiece" cards, which is to say, cards of such detail and quality that only the best card designers could execute them. For example, consider this card:

This was not a quick card to make.  Even with many of the pieces already cut out, it took some of the ladies over an hour to complete.  It probably doesn't how, but there is both heat and dry embossing, and the poinsettia, which is colored with Copic markers (how many demos let you use their Copic Sketch markers?) is actually three-tiered paper tole. with stickles in the center.  For most of use, this was the first time using a Martha Stewart Punch-around-the-Page set. 

I was tickled with how well the card came out, but I wondered - could I duplicate my results at home?  I didn't have the beautiful TAC poinsettia stamp, but when I saw Faith's free digi, I thought I would give it a try.

I first went wrong when I used glossy paper for my poinsettia.  The glossy helps with blending, but the finish just didn't look that great.  I didn't have the the same punches or stamps, either, and Stamping Up paper just isn't as nice as the paper TAC sells.  This card is still better than what I can design myself, though.  I might have to try this again.  If you didn't know how nice the original was, you might think this is really good!

Linkage (challenges):
Designed2Delight - digital image (freebie!)
Gingerloft - bows
Karber Christmas - Christmas + digi
Craft Your Days Away - texture
Alphabet - foliage
Tuesday Throwdown - embellishments

Juliet Arrighi


Chris said...

Hey, I like your verision too! I think that was a great substitution to use the holiday collage stamp as the background for your poinsettia...and you are way too tough on yourself, the coloring looks realistic!

Shelley said...

I really like both cards. They are beautiful. I don't believe I've ever made a card in under an hour, lol, takes me at least that long to choose an image!

Purple Crazy said...

Wow they are both fantastic, agree with Shelley, it takes forever to choose the image. Thanks for sharing with us Gingerloft this week. xx

Shelly Schmidt said...

Beautiful- love all of the layering you did- beautiful coloring- love the punch around the page- pretty!

Vicky said...

beautiful Juliet . I like that you used what you had and made a lovely card :)

Vicky said...

oh , I forgot to say that I loved your shiney poinsetta :)

Dazie said...

lovely card!

Thanks for joining us over at craft your days away!

jackiescrafts said...

What stunning cards they are both gorggeous, your colouring is great
Thanks for joining in at CYDA this time

Jackie x

Carol Ann said...

The card you made at home by yourself is lovely and a lot of work has gone in to it the only difference really is the colour is perhaps not as strong as the original but it is still a great card! Thanks for playing along at cyda this time.
Carol Ann xx

~♥~The Navy Wife~♥~ said...

Beautiful card! I love the colors you have used! Thanks for playing with Gingerloft Challenge.

Shar said...

Totally gorgeous! I love the way you did the poinsettia!

dstandard said...

Gorgeous - love how you layered the poinsettia! Thanks for playing at Designed 2 Delight!

Lynn said...

Love the card and the poinsettia is wonderful:)
Thanks for joining us at Gingerloft Challenges.
Lynn x