Saturday, November 12, 2016

November Leading Lady Jessica Frost-Ballas | Take Two

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Our November Leading Lady, Jessica Frost-Ballas, is back for her sensational second performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE.  Jessica's play on an elegant and dramatic color scheme will have you itching to try your hand at it too!

Ladies and gentlemen, Jessica....

Hi friends! I am thrilled to be back for my second week as the November Leading Lady for Winnie & Walter! You can find my first post here! This week I wanted to challenge myself to make cards using a pink/red and grey color scheme with a little extra sparkle!



My first card uses one of my most favorite craft products: hologram clear sparkle embossing glitter. To start I stamped the birch trees from Scenery: Into the Woods onto watercolor paper with hickory smoke distress ink. I used my MISTI to align the stamp to get a repeated pattern. Once it was dry I pressed a versamark pad over the entire background and heat-embossed it with the hologram clear sparkle embossing glitter. It practically glows!


Next I stamped the sentiment from Merry and Bright with Evelin T Designs onto a piece of vellum and heat-embossed it with silver sparkle embossing glitter. I trimmed it to a long, skinny panel and adhered it to the background by folding it over the top and bottom of the background panel and adhering it to the back of the panel. This way, you don't see any adhesive under the vellum. Finally I stamped my cardinal from Happiest of with Evelin T Designs in versafine, heat-embossed it with clear embossing powder, and watercolored him with distress inks. I fussy cut him and adhered him over the vellum panel so it looks like he's perching on the 't' of the word bright! It's a different look for a Christmas card but I really like the sparkle and shimmer with the pop of red!



 My next card uses a fun distress ink technique that anyone can "master" because there is no wrong or right way to do it! I smooshed hickory smoke and black soot distress ink onto my craft mat, spritzed it with water, and pressed my watercolor paper onto the craft mat. I usually hold the paper into the ink for a few seconds to allow the ink to soak in. I dried it with a heat gun and then repeated the process until I was happy with the coverage. I repeated the process with another piece of watercolor paper using abandoned coral, festive berries, and candied apple distress ink.



 Once it was dry I die-cut it with the In Bloom: Maggie's Roses Cutaways. I also die-cut the leaves from the same set with black cardstock. I adhered the roses and leaves onto my watercolored panel with liquid adhesive. Next I stamped the sentiment from Scenery: Bigger Bang Confetti (Hint: want to win one of your own of this limited edition stamp set?  Read the Editor's Note at the end of this post.) and The Big, The Bold, and The Happy onto black cardstock and heat-embossed it with white embossing powder. I trimmed it to a label and popped it up over the dies with foam mounting tape. I brushed spectrum noir clear sparkle over the label and added a few sparkling clear sequins to finish the card.



My final card is also a Christmas card but it's a little more subtle. I stamped the foliage from In Bloom: Elsa's Flora and the sentiment from Merry and Bright with Evelin T Designs onto white cardstock and colored them with cool grey copic markers for a monochromatic look. Then I stamped the poinsettia from In Bloom: Elsa's Flora onto watercolor paper with versafine and heat-embossed it with clear embossing powder. I used zig clean color real brush markers to watercolor the flower with shades of pink and red. I fussy cut the flower, curled the edges, and popped it over my foliage with foam mounting tape. Finally I added a few metallic silver sequins for a little sparkle!

 

I hope this trio inspires you to play with shades of greys and a pop of color and, of course, a little extra sparkle!

I'm super excited that Shay has generously given me a $30 gift certificate to Winnie and Walter to gift to one lucky commenter! Leave a comment on any of my Leading Lady posts for a chance to win. Leaving a comment on multiple posts will give you additional chances to win so be sure to check back each Saturday!

Thanks so much for visiting and have a wonderful weekend!

 -Jess


EDITOR'S NOTE: In honor of Jessica using our limited edition Scenery: Bigger Bang Confetti we will be giving 1 away to a randomly chosen commenter.  Please comment including your email address on this post by November 30, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. CST for a chance to win.


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55 comments:

  1. Super pretty. Love the holographic glitter!

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  2. Gorgeous projects...love how Jess can rock the colors!

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  3. Wow. Beautiful use of glitter. Thank you for the giveaway! alma_dirpaul@sasktel.net

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  4. Dramatically different cards, and very eye catching. The cardinal card is absolutely stunning with the holographic background and softer vellum over the top. I love the inked panel of your second card with the bold sentiment over the more delicate die cuts - super combination of elements - and your final card is just stunning. The monochrome background stamping with the bright poinsettia on top is so elegant and classy! How totally gorgeous! Another fab week of inspiration from you Jessica - thank you!

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  5. WOW! You rocked these cards Jessica! The third one with the black and white stamped background and pop of colorful poinsettia.

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  6. All three cards are absolutely gorgeous.

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    1. Thanks for the opportunity to win. jolea dot 1994 at gmail dot com

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  7. Fantastic cards. Great variety. My favourite is your last poinsettia card. Love the monochromatic background with the striking pop of colour. The poinsettia was beautifully watercoloured.

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  8. Wow all three cards are gorgeous :) i love the first sparkly card a lot and how you have introduced the birdie in it, sitting on the letter t perch. Thats super cute :)
    Hugs
    preeti

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      preeti

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  9. Gorgeous cards, all of them are incredible! I love the red grey/black colour combination you have used.

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  10. Jessica, your cards are stunning! The grey/red, the sparkle, the images...completely swooning over this trio. The poinsettia, especially, has captured my heart! Thank you for another inspiring round of Leading Lady WOW!
    ~carol

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  11. Oh my!!! I love all of these cards!!! <3

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  12. Such beautiful card Jessica! Your cards are always beautifully laid out and put together so nicely!

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  13. Gorgeous cards. I like the pop of red.

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  14. Love the color scheme and the sparkle! So pretty!

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      deniseb777ATgmailDOTcom

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  15. Love these cards! The soft gray background really make the colored image pop off the page💖

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  16. Lovely trio card. Love these colour choices and layout so gorgeous and elegent . My e mail is maryamcrafter7@gmail.com

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  17. Wow, these are amazing! I love the pops of red and that sweet cardinal.
    Karen B. bkbaker1222 at gmail dot com

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  18. Wow!!! Really Gorgeous cards!!! Thanks!! reissfam10 at aol dot com

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  19. So striking and bold, Jess ... what a stunning trio! Anita :)

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  20. These are all works of art, love them to bits!!!

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  21. Awesome cards. Tidings of Joy is my favorite. so fun and classy. All of them I would just love to receive. My email is deb.peysen@gmail.com. Thanks

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  22. Beautiful! Such lovely cards! Rebeccacell@gmail.com

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  23. I love your Into the Woods card so much the stamp sets are now on my wish list! Thanks for the opportunity to win a gift card from Winnie & Walter.

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  24. What beautiful cards. Especially love Tidings of Joy.

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  25. I love this bright pop of pink! It's so eye catching and really beautiful! Fabulous design!
    Take care!
    Michele
    crimsonowl@charter.net

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  26. Very attractive cards! Love the color combos and creative style!

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  27. Gorgeous cards, I
    love the third one!
    Carla from Utah

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  28. Great giveaway
    also.
    Carla from Utah

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  29. Fabulous cards - love the different variations on the colour scheme! not_amanda at yahoo.com

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  30. Your cards are absolutely fabulous! cin22.cole@gmail.com

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  31. Very pretty!! Love the pop of red in all of them!! peifert88@gmail.com

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  32. I think all of your cards are gorgeous! That hologram embossing powder is fantastic on the card with the pretty cardinal, and so is the elegant color combo you used.
    reneemilner@sbcglobal.net

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  33. Absolutely gorgeous cards! The birch woods one is so fabulous! Love the vellum over all the sparkle!

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  34. Absolutely gorgeous cards! The birch woods one is so fabulous! Love the vellum over all the sparkle!

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  35. Jess you've done wonders with the perfect three colors ... and shown again how lovely, and perfect, that W&W Poinsettia truly is!
    =]

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  36. Wow! All of the cards are so unique and striking! I have to say though that the poinsettia card just made me swoon! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

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  37. Wow!! I love all 3 cards but my fave is the cardinal--my favorite bird!! Beautiful! I found this from your Instagram post!! Glad I did! Carolhint0469 at att dot net

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  38. These are so beautiful cards! I love the silver glitter embossing on vellum, the ink smoothing and the vibrantly colored poinsettia with black/gray Foilage, all are just stunning! Melissa dot friedrich123 at gmail dot com

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  39. I just love all the sparkle on your cards! I'm such a sucker for birch trees!

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  40. I love poinsettias and Jessica did
    a great job with hers.
    the cardinal is beautiful.
    thanks for sharing.

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  41. Wow you have such a wonderful talent for bringing amazing colors together to create gorgeous cards:)

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  42. Stunning cards. Thanks for inspiring me to look at my stamps with a fresh eye. Love the striking look of the bold and bright poinsettia against the black and grey background.

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  43. Your cards are always delightful. My favorite for today is the poinsettia card. I love the color scheme you used. The card is quite stunning. Well done. giveawayjean(at)gmail(dot)com

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  44. Just look at that gorgeous sparkle!! And I love the red of the roses against the gray!

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  45. Love the monochromatic look with splashes of bright red! So festive!

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