Wednesday, July 14, 2010

You're Invited

The next Embellish challenge calls for an invitation card. I had never made one before and was immediately stumped. All the while, I was staring at this challenge picture:

The first obvious choice was Christmas, but I do not generally send invitations out to my family for Christmas (seeing that I generally go spend it at my parents' house). So what kind of invites do I generally make? Game Night, Girl's Night In, Cooking Session, Dinner Parties (with the whole nine yards), Crafting Session. Maybe it was the incessant growling of my stomach, but the idea of a Dinner Party invitation was the way I wanted to go, since a paper invite next time would probably give it that extra charm.

My poor dinner party guests generally bid adieu by rolling out the front door. Somewhere between people being too polite and asking for seconds, or the Asian-ness in me to cook with a buffer as well as my incessant in-born chirping of "eat more" while ladling yet another helping may have something to do with it... I also read somewhere that the color Red was a appetizing color that engages people to eat more. In addition, the Chinese culture emphasizes red and gold colors in their festivities, and had already decided these two colors to my focus. Here is what came about with the help of my oh-so-appropriate Waltzingmouse Asian Gardens:

You're Invited Card
Stamps: Asian Gardens (Waltzingmouse Stamps), Very Vintage Label No. 4 (Waltzingmouse Stamps), Stamps from Heat Embossing Kit (Martha Stewart)
Paper: Paper Basics Card Stock - Kraft (Papertrey Ink), Winnie's Walls Card Kit - Red Card Stock (Taylored Expressions)
Ink: Gold (Recollections), Brilliance - Pearlescent Lime (Tsukineko), VersaMark - Watermark (Tsukineko)
Embellishments: Corner Punch (EK Success), Nestabilities - Label Four (Spellbinders), Morning Meadows Card Kit - Ribbon: Olive Green (Taylored Expressions), Embossing Powder - Antique Gold (Martha Stewart)

Contrary to the picture, there are green elements that I picked out: the ink and the ribbon. The olive green ribbon, when I pulled it out of it's Taylored Card Kit, was convincingly green, but managed to chameleon itself into a gold; the pearlescent lime green managed to pull off its silver sheen unto the red card stock, but left everything else untouched. Utter fail on the green standing out, but I love how the card came out true to it's Asian flair!

So who is coming over for a dinner party? What kind of foods would you love to taste?


Laurie Marmon said...

This one is really pretty. I think you rocked this challenge! Invites are always fun too.

travelingmama said...

It looks like you got past being stumped! This is gorgeous! I love the pretty background! Thanks so much for playing along with Embellish! Hugs from Denmark!

Ashley Cannon Newell said...

Very elegant design! Thanks for taking on an Embellish challenge.

Joyce across the Pond said...

An absolutely stunning and rich card...just love it!

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