Thursday, October 1, 2009

It's all about the Finishing Touches

What do you think takes a card from good to great? 

Sometimes I believe it's the special finishing touches you add that take a card up that extra notch, becoming a showpiece.  It can be something special, or simple.  But the right accent can really make a difference.

Today the Flourishes Design Team wants to show you ways to take your card from good to great with our very own Finishing Touches.  These accent pieces are fantastic!  They come in three finishes, gold, copper and silver, and in a variety of styles, fancy brads, pins, ribbon slides....all in gorgeously done.  What I really love about Flourishes Finishing Touches they are high quality, yet light weight.  So they don't bulk up the weight on your card. 

Today I wanted to show you the very classy Finishing Florals. They are beautiful enough that honestly they could be the showpiece/focal image on the whole card.  but I chose to make a dramatic statement with them as an accent. 


I colored these leaves with Copic Markers in several selections (Evergreen, Tiger Lily, Delphinium...Neutrals...etc), to match with my starting point...the great 7Gypsies paper Savannah.  It has pretty dusty blues, golden yellows, burgundies and greens, all on a muted neutral palette.  So, I colored the leaves and then sponged some Sahara Sand on the main image, weighting the sponging on the bottom to give it a glow on the top. 

I folded my other paper selection (Basic Grey Indian Summer to have the look of paper ribbon.  Then I added the pretty ribbon in a tailored treatment with the gorgeous Flourishes Flower brad in the center. 



Gives it such an elegant and finished effect don't you think? 

Come see all the other beauties by the Design Team today: 

Cindy Lawrence Faith Hofrichter Julie KoerberLatisha Yoast,  Laura FredricksonLeslie Miller

Be sure to stop by tomorrow...Flourishes is participating in the World Cardmaking Day festivities at Splitcoaststampers.com.  LOTS of fun going on with the Member Companies including giveaways for you! 

Recipe:  Stamps:  Flourishes Falling Leaves;  Ink:  Tuxedo Black Memento, Sahara Sand; Paper;  Buckaroo Blue, Soft Suede, Classic Ivory Paper (Flourishes),  7Gypsies Savannah DSP, Basic Grey Indian Summer DSP;  Accessories:  Big Shot, Labels Six Nestabilities, Corner Rounder Punch, Dimensionals, Flourishes Ribbon, Flourishes Finishing Touches Fancy Flowers Brad (copper), Copic Markers, Sponge.

17 comments:

Willy's creations said...

Beautiful!

Hugs,Willy

Karen W said...

This is beautiful, I love the accents and have theirs also, just gorgeous pieces to add elegance to your cards.

The Rubber Maid said...

Love your finishing touch and it does go from good to great. Lovely. Pat

NancyK said...

A real WOW card! Love how you used the smaller leaf images and the finishing touch brad is so pretty with this color scheme.

the whimsical butterfly said...

OH MY this is GORGEOUS! I LOVE that brushed copper accent on the ribbon and your quote as the focal point-this is totally stunning!

Julie Koerber said...

This is more than gorgeous Christine!!! Those rich colors are to die for!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Very pretty fall card. I like the way you have the leaves flowing together Christine! Just beautiful!

Leslie Miller said...

Love how you used the Finishing Touches here, Christine! A very beautiful card with warm colors and a graceful flow to the design. The gray sponging makes a lovely, soft edge.

leenda said...

Classy!

Ida P. Krause said...

Wonderful and Elegant. Love it.

chercroppin said...

This is absolutely GORGEOUS!!

Laura (scrapnextras) said...

Simply fabulous! I had to look twice to see if the leaves were cut out, but no, it's your amazing colouring skills. Beautiful card, and the floral brad is the perfect finishing touch!

Latisha said...

I have to say this card has totally blown me away, the way you place the leaves and colored them, really is flawless. So beautiful
hugs
Latisha

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Oh my goodness....flawless, breathtaking, GORGEOUS!! Love the papers, that slide, your coloring and shading, and I think I now *need* that labels 6 nestie!

Adair said...

This is fabulous!

Shannon Erskine aka e3stamper said...

Lovely card Christine! Love that sentiment!

Jerri Kay said...

So stunning Christine, it caught my eye the moment I saw it!