This is a first - the prompt for week 22 went live today and I have completed both cards! The theme is 'Shades of green', I knew straightaway that I wanted to use distress inks, haven't done that for a while.
The birthday card features another new stamp from the Glitter Pot spree as described a couple of posts ago..... I put it back on the shelf initially, but it took so long to put all the other stuff through the till, that I had time to change my mind and go back for it! It's from Memory Box and gives a lovely detailed impression. I embossed it in white and then smooshed distress ink in three shades of green over the embossing. This is a resist technique, so a quick go over with a baby wipe brought the white back into view. Then I matted the image onto a dark green cardstock, made an interrupted frame for the sentiment and added a little cluster of pearls at two corners.
The Christmas card has a snowflake border (Waltzing Mouse) on the same principle. I used a mixture of the three greens to stamp the sentiment (Stampin' Up), but struggled with the white space..... it's not something I am good at, I always want to fill it! Then I remembered seeing a technique whilst surfing .... I don't know where I saw it, sorry, if I find it again I will add the credit. It involves using a scoreboard to score lines, very simple, but the two lines along the top of this card, plus one at each side of the border are very effective, I really like them.
Very pleased with these two, will definitely revisit the scoring idea and I must use distress inks more often, I had forgotten how nice they look :-)