Friday, December 7, 2018

Mixed Metallics Embossing


Today's cards feature backgrounds created with the Concord & 9th Deck the Halls Turnabout Stamp.  I absolutely love the concept of the Turnabout stamps (there are several different patterns to choose from).  They create super fun backgrounds, and you can stamp each turn with a different color - giving you a unique and fun print.


These stamps work best with a stamp tool, and unfortunately, the one I'm currently using is discontinued (I also discovered, while making these cards, that it's broken - ugh!).  However, there are other options still on the market - for instance the MISTI, or the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform.  Also, be sure to grab the templates for these stamps, that are available for free on the listings.  The template will help you in lining everything up correctly.  



I started the cards by stamping the Turnabout stamp with Clear Pigment Ink, onto both Fresh Forest, and Pomegranate Splash card stock.  I stamped once, then heat embossed the image in gold, then rotated my panel to stamp and heat embossed in Rose Gold, Liquid Platinum, and Silver embossing powders, each in turn.



Once the panels had been fully stamped and filled in, I trimmed them down to size (3.75" x 5").  I wrapped each panel with a 1.5" wide strip of vellum, and added a die cut Merry, also from Concord & 9th.  I dotted the wide strokes on the letters with Fashion Silver pieces (Nuvo drops would also be a great way to add this detail, if you prefer). The card panels were added to top folding A2 sized Whip Cream card bases.


These cards are so striking with all that mixed metallic embossing.  When they hit the light they really shine.

Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies Used:
Use this easy list to find the products I used in my projects. (Contains affiliate links - where I earn a commission from purchases made from my links, at no cost to you. Your support helps me keep this blog going, and continue to create - Thank you! Affiliates and disclosures can be found here.) 

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Pretty Poinsettia Card

I want to thank you for your patience with me during the recent bloggy absence.  My mother has been ill, and wound up in the hospital over the Thanksgiving holiday.  She is now living with me until she can get her strength back up.  We spent the last week getting settled, and now are working on finding our routine that works for us.   My time for creating will be limited for the time being, but it will be oh-so-important for me to have that creative escape!


Are you done creating your Christmas cards, or are you still finishing them off?  I used to be pretty
"on the ball" with my cards, and got them in the mail the day after Thanksgiving, but the last couple years, it seems that I'm still creating cards up until a few weeks before Christmas.  I do tend towards a slightly more "generic" Christmas card during this time frame though - something I can use as a thank you card or for well-wishes.


Today's card was very simple  I started by stamping my poinsettia images, and the leaves, then die cut them out.  I also dry embossed a piece of Whip Cream card stock while I had my machine out.  Then I layered everything together with a piece of printed paper from the Cheer paper pack.  A few sequins, and a little sparkle silk applied to the flowers with a blending brush and water, finished the card off.  




Thanks for stopping by!

Much love,                    

Supplies Used:

Use this easy list to find the products I used in my projects. (Contains affiliate links - where I earn a commission from purchases made from my links, at no cost to you. Your support helps me keep this blog going, and continue to create - Thank you! Affiliates and disclosures can be found here.) 

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Hoopla & Silence

There's a whole bunch of hoopla going on over at Spellbinders + FSJ.  It's the Holiday Hoopla Sale, and there are some great deals to be had on dies, stamps, tool, and accessories.  And there's a free gift with $75 or more purchases (it looks like a GORGEOUS stamp set!), but only while supplies last.  Hurry up and get on on some of these great deals!

(This post contains affiliate links - where I earn a commission from purchases made from my links, at no cost to you. Your support helps me keep this blog going, and continue to create - Thank you! Affiliates and disclosures can be found here.) 


 ♥   ♥   ♥    ♥    ♥


Unfortunately, it looks as though there may be some silence coming from me for a little bit, due to a family emergency.  Hopefully we can get things settled and into a routine soon, so that I can be back sharing more fun projects and videos with you.  But, until then, I wanted you to know that I had not just disappeared.

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, November 16, 2018

Let It Snow X 3 | Video + Background Technique

Today, I have THREE fun cards to share with you!  I started out by creating the Let It Snow card on the left of the photo below, and then realized, I wanted to share an easy background technique using the Silks - which led to me creating two additional cards with the same stamps and dies I used in the first card.


In addition to the Silks, I used the All Year Long Stamp Set, and the Snow Blooms Dies, from Fun Stampers Journey(Affiliate links used at no cost to you - please see disclosure, and full product list below.)  


For my first card, I began by blending Cool Pool Ink onto a panel of Whip Cream card stock.  Once I had that the way that I wanted, I stamped the snowflake image - again with Cool Pool Ink - randomly around the edges of the ink.  The sheer ink blending, allowed the tone on tone snowflake to stand out against the background.  Then I sprinkled the card front with Sparkle Silk.


I set my card front aside, while I die cut the snowflakes.  I cut the largest die out from vellum, and the two smaller snowflakes out of silver mirror paper.  I set the snowflakes at the edge of my cutting plates, to take advantage of the fact that there tends to be slightly more pressure on the edges, which allows for easier cutting of delicate dies.


I trimmed the edges of my card front, slightly, and then added the snowflakes using liquid glue.  For the vellum snowflake, I attached rhinestones over the areas the adhesive was added to help hide the adhesive.  I stamped my sentiment directly to the card panel, using Chambray Shirt ink.  Then I trimmed the edges of the snowflakes that hung off the panel, and attached the card front with foam squares.


I created my additional two card backgrounds, using a drip watercolor (aka "Lazy Watercolor" in my mind!) technique with the Silks.  I lay a piece of watercolor paper on top of a clear block, and spritz it with water.  Then, I flick my Silks over the top of the wet paper, so that the color blooms around where it lands.  This creates a super easy, and random, watercolor background.


For the first card, I used Cool Pool, and Sparkle Silk to created the background.  I die cut the largest Snow Bloom die from Whip Cream card stock, and layered that on top - just barely off the edge of the card front.


 Then I stamped my sentiment with Cool Pool ink, and added some pearls.  The card front was mounted to a Whip Cream card base, using White Liner (a strong adhesive works best with watercolor paper).  


I created the second background with Cranberry Bliss, and Sparkle Silks.  Cranberry Bliss can be quite dark for flicking onto dry card stock, but it creates beautiful tones of red and pink with this technique.  This is a fun twist on a snowflake card because of the non-traditional color.

I die cut the largest snow bloom directly from the watercolor background for this card.  Then I stamped and heat embossed the snowflake image three times.  I layered the watercolor panel directly onto a Whip Cream card base, and added a few rhinestones.  Then I filled in the snowflake with Journey Glaze.


Once the glaze was dry, I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment onto a strip of Cranberry Bliss card stock, and layered that over the snowflake with foam squares.


Three cards, and a technique today - Whew!  I hope you enjoyed all of these fun "Let It Snow" cards.  I'd love to see your backgrounds, created with this technique.  If you post them on Social Media, be sure to tag me @muchlovesara

Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies Used:

Use this easy list to find the products I used in my projects. (Contains affiliate links - where I earn a commission from purchases made from my links, at no cost to you. Your support helps me keep this blog going, and continue to create - Thank you! Affiliates and disclosures can be found here.) 

Due to the recent merger of FSJ and Spellbinders, links to FSJ products - in posts prior to November 1st, 2018 - may be broken. Please use this handy banner to go to the Spellbinders site to find the products listed in the individual blog posts.



(Please note, this is an affiliate link - where I earn a commission from purchases made from my link, at no cost to you. Your support helps me keep this blog going, and continue to create - Thank you! Affiliates and disclosures can be found here.)