Sunday, 30 August 2015

AAA Cards Challenge - Embossing Spectacular!

Hi everyone, 

I have two fun cards to share showcasing all sorts of embossing - dry, paste and heat for the AAA Cards Challenge - Embossing Spectacular.   I couldn't choose which to go with, so figured I'd go with all of them!!!

My first card has a more girlie feel to it.  I dry embossed some silver Bazzill cardstock with an awesome (extra big!) Anna Griffin Acanthus Cuttlebug embossing folder. This was popped up on 3M foam tape to a card base made from left over Tropical Bay shimmer cardstock from the August  2015 Simon Says Stamp card kit. 




I then used a My Favorite Things pierced tag die, cut from Neenah Solar White 80lb, to emboss a cool mini flower stencil from Amy Tangerine using Dreamweaver white embossing paste mixed with some fabulous shimmery paint - Jacquard Lumiere in Turqoise (this stuff is gorgeous - so rich and creamy!).  When it was dry, i spritzed the whole tag with Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Spray in Tibetan Poppy Teal.  I wish you could see how sparkly it is in real life!!  I then added some shimmery silver twine to the top and popped it up on Best Creation foam squares (also from the card kit).  


For my third and final embossing - with heat - I die cut the Winnie & Walter: Cutaways Hugs die from some Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock and splodged it with some cool bright pinks from my Zig Clean Color Real Brush set  using a water brush to mix it together as I went.  There are a few pinks in the set and I used two or three of them - unfortunately i didn't note the colors, so sorry!!  I dipped the entire thing in Versamark ink, coated in Wow Hologram embossing glitter, and heat set.  The photo really doesn't do it justice how shimmery and sparkly it is!  

Finally, I added some Pretty Pink Posh sequins in the cute Springtime Mix and 4mm sparkling clear (these are from an Ellen Hutson exclusive clear mix but I have provided a link below to the standard 4mm in clear),



My second card is more masculine, although it does have a flower!! I used the same layout, just some slightly different techniques.  The background was a piece of scrap light brown cardstock I had,  embossed with the forever brilliant Tim Holtz Alterations Rivets embossing folder.  For extra cool effect, I used my finger to run a little Viva Decor Metallic rub in gold over the raised areas, and then popped it up on foam tape to a card base made from the leftover card kit Carrot Stick shimmer card stock. 


The stencil was applied to the tag in the same way (different picture from the same Amy Tangerine set) however this time I colored the embossing paste in Perfect Pearls Violet.  Not that you can tell - it looked brown to me. Once dry I spritzed with LSG Copper Starburst Spray and popped up on the card with some coppery twine.   

For the sentiment I cut Papertrey Ink's Birthday Trio die from the same shimmer cardstock, and cut it in half.  Attached with some Tombow Mono and popped a foam sticker from the card kit to finish the sentiment. Finished off again with some Pretty Pink Posh sequins in 4mm Pumpkin and Sand, as well as a couple of iridescent sequins from The Ton. 



Hope you enjoyed the cards!  I think you'll agree, two very different looks for very similar ingredients.  Plus dry, heat and paste embossing!! Please join us at AAA Cards for the Embossing Spectacular - you have two weeks to enter, we can't wait to see what you come up with !!

Jenny



Friday, 28 August 2015

Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge - Pastels

Hi everyone,

Popping by to post a very quick card or two that I'm entering into the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge - 'Play With Pastels'. 

I decided to paint my own background using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens on watercolor paper. I'm not a very good artist but I could just about stretch to dots and zig zags :)  I also added a small splatter of Dylusions black spray for contrast.


I cut the background using the 3" x 4" SSS Stitched Rectangle die, added a white die cut (also watercolor paper to match) using the SSS Devonshire Butterfly and the SSS Feathers die, stuck down with 'Stick-it!'.


To finish i added a sentiment from SSS Circle Sayings embossed in Hero Arts white embossing powder on Fog SSS Cardstock popped up on foam squares.  I popped the whole thing on a Fog cardstock card base.   As a finishing touch I added a die cut heart on each, with a dash of glossy accents and wink of stella :)


That's it for today, back on Sunday with the new AAA Cards Challenge!  Be sure to come back soon.

Jenny x
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