Good morning!  Today there is a new Runway Inspired Challenge up...and it's an elegant one!

source: style.com

I'm totally digging that metallic shine, and the damask-ish pattern on the top made me think of letterpress!  I had about 4 failed attempts at doing faux letterpress:  I inked up an embossing folder and ran it through the machine...and each time it came out splotchy.  I have successfully done this in the past on regular cardstock, but I think the pearly cardstock I was using didn't want to take the ink.

New plan!

First, I embossed the image onto my shiny cardstock.

Next, I took a fine Sharpie and patiently colored everything in.

Oh yea- then I did it AGAIN, because I decided I didn't like the tree centered on the card.

This is another one of those "it-looks-better-in-person" kind of deals.  It really gives the impression of letterpress!

To make the sentiment, I die cut the "hello" 3 times in black and glued those together.  Next, I die cut it with the shimmer cardstock, then embossed that with the same tree folder for some added texture.  You can see the black underneath the letters in the pic below:

I really hope you play along - the prize this time around is from Simon Says Stamp!

Virginia (Yes, Virginia...)
Kristen Foreman - Kristen Foreman Designs
Pamela Ho - miao
Joni Andaya - Papell with Love
Tasnim Ahmed - Cards & Bookmarks


  1. So beautiful and elegant! It already looks amazing in the photos, so I am sure it is breathtaking in person :)

  2. Totally agree with Tasnim - this is a beauty Jen...am a bit partial to pearlescent cardstock myself, and I love the depth of the faux letterpress on your card!

  3. Very pretty! Elegant, but simple design...love it!

  4. What a GORGEOUS card Jen! Love the letterpress effect! A Beautiful piece!

  5. Such a beauty, Jen! I smiled when I saw you used a black Sharpie, because I also resourced to it on my last card to go over the black areas of a stamped and heat embossed flower and it made such a difference!
    That little guys are so understated, right? ;)

  6. I love this idea! That is so cool to use an item like a Sharpie and it makes the card look so elegant. Sometimes the simple things are the best.

  7. Painstakingly gorgeous! I love this and I love that the hello is embossed, adds so much.

  8. Wow amazing! Simple, but so elegant. TFS.

  9. TOO Neat!! I LOVE the look and the FUN way it turned out even if it took a couple times to get it right!! =) THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

  10. Wow!, you are very patient to color it in with a sharpie. It was well worth the effort though. It looks great! Love the dress too, hoping to play along :)

  11. I love how you how did this Jen! That tree is gorgeous! just lovely! :)

  12. Totally stunning, Jen! I love how you highlighted the tree in black! And the way you popped up the sentiment is gorgeous! Inspiring work as always!

  13. love. Love. LOVE this card. it's pure elegance! I love the tree silhouette and your treatment of the sentiment; thanx for the inspiration!

  14. Wow! So elegant with the gold, tree, and sentiment! Lots of patience with coloring those leaves...well done!


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