I spent most of today playing with embossing powders and using my current favorite SU! set, Always. I had a sampling of double sided papers from the Azure designer series sitting on my desk, which motivated me to work mostly with its coordinating colors, Brilliant Blue and Very Vanilla.
These first two pictures show very similar cards -- the only difference being that the top one has a layer of Bashful Blue to frame the images while the second one instead has a layer of Brushed Gold. The Rumi quote stamp showed up in my mailbox this week courtesy of my dear friends in North Carolina (Hi Fonda! Hi Katie!), so I figured I should start getting some use out of it while they're letting me borrow it. The embossing powder I used for these is called "Gold Fire Opal" and has specks of multicolored sparkles in a gold base. It's absolutely stunning when you see it in person.
This next card is the one I struggled the most with today. I'm not completely thrilled with how it turned out, but it's a lot better than what I was initially going to settle for. The embossing powder is an off-white pearl, except for the saying for which I used detail white powder. After embossing the pearl branch thingey onto white cardstock, I decided to add a little contrast by sponging some Brilliant Blue ink along the edges to make it stand out a bit.
I found some gold floss which coordinates beautifully with the Gold Fire Opal embossing powder, so I put it to good use on this next card. The print paper is from the Azure set by Stampin' Up! The whole thing seemed rather plain, so I added a little interest by VersaMarking a flower circle on the card base for a little interest.
This next card was actually my first one I made today. (I'm posting them in random order.) I used "Crystal Frost" embossing powder which has a grainy white base with tiny multicolored sparkles mixed in. The three blue jeweled brads really add to the design, I think.
Here's some more embossing with Gold Fire Opal. I snagged a stamp from the SU! Sweet Serendipity set for the saying on this one.
Can you tell I really like the stamp with the Rumi quote? Here it is again! The images are layered on Bashful Blue here, and the embossing powder is once again Gold Fire Opal.