Saturday, March 24, 2018

Lawn Fawn + Alcohol Inks

Hello!

I am up on the Scrap Shotz blog with a couple of cards featuring new Lawn Fawn products and a new to me technique...click HERE to check out the complete post 😀 and enjoy this peek at one of the cards:


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Growth, Natural and Soothing...



Hi!

I have another AECP project to share with you from the Altenew In the Mood For Color class
I was inspired by 2 different lessons, green and orange along with the technique to create a water-colour look with Distress ink and solid image stamps.

I am first sharing my green card, greens have a soothing, natural and growth feel. 


I stamped leaves from the Wings of Hope stamp set with Distress Ink in Crushed Olive, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint and Forest Moss.

I then softened the stamped images by applying water with a water brush as Distress Inks react with water.


Next I applied Distress Ink in Cracked Pistachio all over the stamped panel.



I inked an off cut of water-colour paper with Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink and die cut "everything" with the halftone everything word die.  I also cut 2 more words from white card stock and then stacked them on top of each other to create dimension.

I then stamped the rest of the sentiment in black Versamark Ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. A few Studio Katia Majestic Confetti sequins add some sparkle to this card.

Thanks so much for taking a look. I will be sharing the orange card as well so bookmark this page or keep checking back to see the card.



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Monday, March 19, 2018

Most Favorite Card Technique!

Hi All!

Today I am sharing a couple of cards I created for the Altenew Impressive Heat Embossing class. I so LOVE heat embossing, there is something so exciting and satisfying watching embossing powder melt. I generally only heat emboss on my Christmas cards so this class opened up soooo many options for heat embossing all year round!

This first card was inspired by the lesson on heat embossing for a resist effect.

{supplies: Altenew Pattern Play Circle stamp; Versamark Ink, Ranger Clear Embossing powder, Water-colour paper; Daniel Smith water-colour Duochrome Oceanic, Cobalt Teal Blue, Pthalo Blue Green Shade; Kuretake Gansai water-colours}

To begin, I applied anti-static powder to a 5.5" x 4.25" piece of water colour paper.
I then used my Misti to stamp the Altenew Pattern Play Circle background stamp with Versamark ink. I applied ink and stamped a couple of times to ensure I had good ink coverage, covered with clear embossing powder and heat set.
The image looks like it was embossed with white embossing powder because the paper is a white.


I coated the paper with water and then began applying watercolour with the darkest ink and working my way outwards with the lightest blue-green shade of the Daniel Smith watercolours. I went back and darkened up all the ink shades with similar colours of Kuretake Gansai watercolours.

Once the paper had dried, I die cut the paper with an Elizabeth Crafts stitched rectangle die and layered it over dark silver glitter card stock also die cut with an Elizabeth crafts stitched rectangle die from the same set.
I stamped 'Missing You' in Versamark ink and heat set with Altenew Platinum Crisp Embossing Powder, the sentiment is from the Pattern Play set.

I completed the card with a smattering of Studio Katia Ocean Waves crystals.

Another lesson in this class focuses on ombre heat embossing which I have never attempted before. One of the cool things about this is that one of the best ways to showcase it is by using the solid images in layering stamp sets. Here is how you can recreate something similar 😀

{supplies: Altenew Camelia Build a Flower stamp, Crisp embossing powder platinum, rose gold; Versamark Ink; Stampendous White embossing powder; Recollections Gold embossing powder; Imagine Crafts Gold spray}


To begin, prep the card stock with anti static powder and using a stamp positioner (I used a Misti), stamp the solid image from the Altenew Camelia Build a Flower stamp set with Versamark Ink. 


Stamp the image a couple of times to ensure you have very good ink coverage for the embossing powder. Starting with the lightest colour, sprinkle a portion of the image with white, followed by platinum, then rose gold. Make sure to tap your paper firmly to ensure all loose powder does not adhere where you don't want it.


Heat set the powder with your heating tool, let cool and then prep for the outline embossing with an anti-static tool. Stamp the camellia outline stamp with Versamark ink, cover image with gold embossing powder and heat set.


To complete the card, gold emboss a sentiment from the set in the lower left corner, then embellish with drops of Imagine crafts gold spray.

Thanks for taking the time to stop in and I hope you've been inspired in some small way!




Sunday, March 18, 2018

Beyond Basic...

...Backgrounds!



Hello and thanks for stopping in! Today I am sharing a card inspired by the Altenew class Beyond Basic Backgrounds, specifically the lesson on Foiling Stamped images without a Laminator.

I do own a laminator but I've heard about this technique and was excited to give it a try.

{Supplies-Altenew Winter Rose stamp, Heartbeat Crisp Dye Ink, Forest Glades Crisp Dye Ink, Label Love stamp; Versamark Ink; Ranger Sticky Embossing Ink; Heidi Swapp Minc Foil gold and mint}

I began by prepping a 5.5" by 4.25" piece of Neenah card stock with anti static powder-my Stampin' Up embossing buddy I've had for eons ;). Next I inked the outline stamp from the Winter Rose stamp set with Versamark ink and randomly stamped around the card stock. I sprinkled Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder and heat set. 


I then placed mint foil over the entire panel and burnished with my fingers. You can see from the photo above I got so-so results. I re-heated the embossed portions and placed gold foil over top, again burnishing the foil. 



You can see from the above photo I didn't get the best coverage from the foil this is what I would next time I use this technique:

1. Use a stamp positioning tool to stamp each image 2-3 times to ensure you have lots of ink for the embossing powder to adhere to.
2. Once you've completed all the stamping, hit the images with a bit of heat before attempting to add the foil.
3. Run the card stock panel with the foil placed on top through an embossing machine. You'll have to add extra card stock "shims" between the panel and top and bottom plates to increase the pressure. This will also help adhere the foil to the sticky embossing powder.


I stamped the base stamp from the Winter Rose set in Heartbeat Altenew Crisp Dye Ink and the leaves in Forest Glade Ink. I then used one of the detail stamps for the rose and leaves, following the same process as the card base. The flower is foiled in gold while the leaf is foiled in mint. 
The left side of the card front is edged with half inch double sided tape to which mint foil is adhered.
A sentiment from the Altenew Label Love set completes the card.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at this Altenew Educator Certification project 😊



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