Thursday, April 20, 2017

Enjoy Life's Moments

Here is another version of the "Impressions of Tarnished Foil" technique I first posted four days ago.  Scroll back for a link to the technique and a video . . .

As Father's Day is coming up soon, here is one layout I've put together.  I'm in danger playing exclusively with this technique for weeks to come because it's simple, fun, you never really know what you're going to get, and it always turns out fabulous!  Well, so far, anyway . . . stay tuned for more variations to come.

Cardstock:   Bazzill Raven, Mango, Generic Metallic Silver  
Stamps:        Time to Stamp Grunge, Art Impressions Background #2
Inks:              StazOn Jet Black, Timber Brown, VersaMark
Emb Powder:  Bear Rubber Thick Gold, Ranger Queen’s Gold
Dies:              Top Dog Photo Props, Memory Box Stitched Rectangle 
Emb Folder:  Hero Artistic Fern, Cuttlebug Herringbone
Doo Dads:     Stamp Oasis Heat & Stick Powder, Stampin’ Around glitter Gold                              Dust          

Monday, April 17, 2017


Early in April, Splitcoast Stampers posted a wonderful technique I just had to try.  It involves Mirror Card, which makes me very happy because I've got a ton of it but rarely use it. Until now.  Used with embossing folders, some embossing powder and a little glitter, the results are stunning . . .

Here is the tutorial and a video. Depending on the embossing folders and colors used, the results can vary widely and so far, I've been really happy with every sample I've made.  You can see these for yourself, as I'll be posting five more cards showing my versions of the "Impressions with Tarnished Foil" technique.

The steps are simple:  after lightly stroking a StazOn pad over the mirror card in order to calm down a little of the glare, put the piece into your embossing folder of choice and run it through.  Then lightly stroke a VersaMark pad randomly over the card and dust on some embossing powder.  If desired, repeat with another color until you get the effect you like. Highlight by again stroking the StazOn pad over all to really pick up the dimensional highs and lows.  This makes the whole deal really pop!

I decided that a little glitter would be fun so I used VersaMark to ink up my favorite randomly splotchy background image and stamped it.  After dusting with Heat & Stick powder and then heating to melt it, I dusted with a lovely antiqued gold glitter.

Experiment by using different colors of mirror or foiled cardstock and use any embossing powders you like:  UTEE works really well for this technique.

Cardstock:   Bazzill Raven, Mango, Generic Black, Metallic Silver
Stamps:        Art Impressions Background #2, Viva Las Vegas
Inks:               StazOn Jet Black, VersaMark “Don’t let anyone . . .”
Emb Powder:   Ranger Queen’s Gold, Bit ‘o Boss Copper
Dies:              Memory Box Stitched Rectangle Trimmings, Impression
                           Obsession Bare Branch, Papertrey Ink Angled Labels               
Emb Folder: Darice Birch Trees
Doo Dads:    Stamp Oasis Heat & Stick Powder, Stampin’ Around glitter 
                         Gold Dust

Thursday, April 13, 2017

He is Risen

With a To-Do list that threatens to strangle me, I absolutely had  to acknowledge the most important event on the planet as simply as possible this year.  Still, I found several ways to throw in some extra steps - as always . . .

 . . . three die cuts, three sessions with heat embossing, coloring the trim and sash on the angel's robe, coloring his face, hands and feet, and water coloring his wings with silver watercolor.

But Easter is the single most important event ever and nothing will ever top this glorious proof of God's endless love for us.  Christ is Risen - Glorify Him!

Cardstock:   Bazzill Crimson, Strathmore Soft White, Kids Series Paint Pad
Stamps:        Eureka Messenger Angel, Stacey Stamps Distressed Frame,
                           typed text  “He is . . . risen” – Luke 24:6      
Inks:               ColorBox Black
Colorants:    Bic Mark-It Prairie Berry, Copic E000 Pale Fruit Pink
Watercolors:   Gansai Tambi Silver
Emb Powder:   WOW Clear Matte Dull
Dies:              Mama Elephant Peek A Frame, Tim Holtz Labels                     

Monday, April 10, 2017

A Green Bough

This card is actually a Condolence/Thinking of You design.  When the loss of someone extremely dear is fresh, there is a lot of support from friends and loved ones.  But then, most of that usually fades as people return to their busy lives.  That's when the realities of the tragic loss begin to grind their way in. 

The loving distractions provided by the funeral services, visits, phone calls, and friends are no longer there and that's when the loss may be most keenly felt.  So a reminder that the bereaved are still in our hearts and prayers is a good thing to send . . .

After thinking that the card was done, It occurred to me that I could emphasize the green bough by die cutting a spray of foliage and gluing it over the stamped bough.  I think it turned out rather well . . .

I plan to send this in about three months . . . I want my friend to know that she remains uppermost in my mind.

Cardstock:   Neenah Desert Storm        
Stamps:        Rubber Stampede Fly Away Home, Text from Dina
                          Wakely: Scribbly Birds
Inks:               Gina K Charcoal Brown, Distress Mowed Lawn
Emb Powder:   WOW Clear Matte Dull  
Dies:              Mama Elephant Peek A Frame, Momenta Label Thanks,
                           Spellbinders Classic Squares, Small, Impression
                           Obsession Foliage
Emb Folder: Spellbinders Bricks and Bark        

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Your Special Day

I've always wanted to do a double matting but never took the time to figure out how to do that.  A recent post on Splitcoast Stampers came to my rescue . . .

The directions are easy and the results are elegant.  I'll be pulling this one out of my box of tricks many times in future . . .

Cardstock:   Unknown Textured White, Bazzill Leapfrog, Jacaranda
Stamps:        Simon Says Sketchy Banner Greetings: “Wishes for your
                           Special Day”
Inks:               Distress Stormy Sky, Memento marker Bamboo Leaves,
                           ColorBox Black   
Emb Powder:  Vippies Transcendence
Dies:              Spellbinders Classic Ovals, Impression Obsession Full
                           Bloom Hollyhocks, Simon Says Sketchy Banners,
                           We-Buys Cute Chrysanthemum set (Bugs)
Emb Folder: Taylored Expressions Weathered
Doo Dads:    Past Time Stamps Ultra Fine Glitter          

Monday, April 3, 2017

Heartfelt Wishes

When a dear friend of mine had a mild heart attack last week, it was extremely reassuring to learn that he's going to be just fine and, in fact, was sent home just two days later.  Naturally, a Get Well card was immediately in the works, and what better image to use than one featuring a heart?  Or in this case, three of them . . .

The background on this one was the result of more fun with reinkers and plastic wrap. I dropped three colors of reinkers onto plastic wrap, misted it pretty well to make the colors move, and laid my cardstock on top.  Then I flipped the whole thing over and pushed the plastic wrap around to make it wrinkle and concentrate the colors.  When dry, I peeled off the wrap and was rewarded with some marble-like coloration. 

Except for the waiting-until-it-dries part, this technique is super quick and makes it easy to do up a bunch of them to have at the ready for your next stamping session . . .

Cardstock:   Bazzill Santillo, The Paper Cut White Matte Coat
Stamps:        Rubber Tree  Vertical Hearts, Hero Find Joy: “Heartfelt
Inks:               Posh Reinkers Cranberry, Coral, Orange, ColorBox Black
Emb Powder:   Judikins Detail Black
Dies:              DieNamics Vertical Stitched Strips, Verve Flourished Trim                 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Thinking of You

Here's another look at the scrunched plastic wrap technique I wrote about in a recent blog . . .

I used reinkers for this one and the dark colors came out a bit concentrated.  So I had some fun with some white and plum UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Powder) and scattered a goodly amount of both before heating from beneath. It muted the darker spots and added some sparkly glitz which the camera may not pick up.

The white frame started out as a square die cut:  I cut it into four pieces and used them as corners.  That's how you make a square into a rectangle!

Cardstock:   The Paper Cut watercolor paper  
Stamps:        Stamp Pad “Thinking of You”
Inks:               Ancient Page Plum Wine, Pine, Sandalwood, ColorBox
                           Frost White
Emb Powder:  Cloisonné Plum Sable, Stampendous Shabby White,
                              Judikins White Diamond  
Dies:              DieNamics Wonky Stitch Rectangle Stax, Spellbinders
                           Fleur de Lis Squares, Fancy Tags, Elizabeth Craft
                           Small Butterfly