http://openswappers.blogspot.com/). Great group of ladies and projects. This month I used the Hello, Doily background stamp. I have seen so many great samples with this stamp and it was my first time working with it. Love how lacy it is don't you? I stamped the image with versamark and then clear embossed it. I then masked it and stamped En Francais with Crumb Cake. The sponging was then done with Marina Mist and Crumb Cake. If you have never tried this technique, it is so much fun and gives you a great effect. You can clear emboss any image, sponge any color over it, then wipe off with a paper towel and your clear embossed image just pops. I also sponged all vanilla pieces with Crumb Cake, they were just too bright otherwise. I added some texture with the Fancy Fan emboss folder and some bling with a pearl, button, and ribbon (I know I can't believe this ribbon is retired either :( The tag was made with the Modern Label punch, but I shortened it and added the button to the end.
Friday, September 21, 2012
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Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The colors I used were Baja Breeze, Marina Mist (the new reformulated pad/ink - what a difference the new ink formula makes!), Midnight Muse, and Wild Wasabi. I first stamped the flowers and sponged a little into the centers to mute some of the "white" that was glaring at me. Then masked the flowers and used large post it notes to cover around the edges to make a "frame" of white around the edges. Then I sponged with the Wild Wasabi. After removing the masking, I used my Color Spritzer tool (Item #107066) with the Midnight Muse marker to get the speckled look (was a little heavy handed on the spritz, would have a liked it to be a little less). I did try the new spritzers that Stampin Up has now but because you have to mix the ink with a liquid, it wasn't the dark spritz that I was looking for. The sentiment is stamped in Midnight Muse as well.
In the center of the flowers I put a pretty heavy blob of dazzling details and then put the pearl on top. Love the little extra it added to the card. Gotta have a little bling right?
Monday, September 3, 2012
For the background pieces I used the Petals a Plenty emboss folder, Versamark and clear emboss with snowflakes on smaller vanilla piece (hard to tell in a pic), and the new Champagne Glimmer paper (Item #127885). The Merry Christmas sentiment is from the Open Sleigh set (Item #126462) and stamped with Cherry Cobbler. Just like how it's font seemed old fashioned.
Don't forget to dress up the inside of your card! The sentiment is from set More Merry Messages (Item #126402) and stamped in Cherry Cobbler. Then I added more texture and a strip of the Champagne Glimmer paper.
For the rest of the card I used the new Core'dinations card stock in Gumball Green (Item #127847) and the new sanding system (Item #129367). What fun that was. You first run the piece of cardstock thru the Big Shot using a emboss folder and then sand away. Messy but worth the end results. I also used Naturals Ivory (Item #101849), Gumball Green, and a couple of different patterns of Be of Good Cheer DSP (Item #126896). Add some Cherry Cobbler Tulle (Item #127841), ribbons, button, tag and your all dressed up!
Make sure you don't forget to dress up the inside of your card too! I used More Merry Messages (Item #126402) for the sentiment (a must for your collection!) and the tree from the set Stylin' Snowfolk (Item #126287).