Play Date Cafe' photo inspiration reminded me of a crisp fall, Tahoe day, where the air is fresh and the leaves are crunchy beneath the boots that you slipped on to keep your toes warm during your morning walk in the woods...and what comes after the crispness, well none other than the clean beauty of snow and ice! I pulled out my color coach and matched Baja Breeze, Certainly Celery & River Rock to the photo and then I sat...literally...and started creating in my mind. I know everyone has their own way of putting things together, some sketch, others pull out a variety of items that might work and of course there are also those that just start stamping. Me, well, I always start cutting (and hope for the best!).
I started off by using a snowflake embossing folder directly on the front of my Baja Breeze, sponged a wee bit of RETIRED Frost White shimmer paint over the entire front and then got the snazzy idea to somehow create a window with a stamped image behind it. Using the 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, my idea started coming to life (or rather to paper, hehe). I heat embossed Gold embossing powder onto my skating couple from Winter Post, which pairs very nicely with the River Rock, if I do say so myself. I wanted to create more of a matted look so instead of doing it with paper, I did it with shadows, by popping back my image on the inside of the card. After punching out an oval from my scrap of scallop circle, I layered a smaller oval in River Rock with a saying from RETIRED Sale-A-Brations Vintage Labels. A bit of Certainly Celery Ribbon and RETIRED gold cord and viola, simple, sweet & starting to get in the mood!! (for Christmas that is!)