Saturday, 27 February 2016

AAA Cards Challenge - Embossing

Hi everyone!

It's that time again - AAA Cards challenge is back and this time the theme is embossing!  Stampendous are kindly giving the winner $20 to spend with them!

For my card this week I dry embossed a Spellbinders nestabilities die onto Simon Says Stamp Smoke Cardstock using tab 1 and the die embossing sandwich.  (Mine needed a card shim and some tinkering!)

I then used my MISTI to stamp the largest stamp from the awesome WPLUS9 Watercolor Anemones stamp set in Memento Luxe (pigment) ink in Elderberry. I stamped it two or three times to get a good impression.  I cleaned the stamp, and leaving it where it was on the MISTI, I added Delicata Golden Glitz ink to the edges of the stamp and in some spots and stamped again.  Instant golden highlights!!!  I actually liked the effect from where the stamp didn't stamp over the embossing.

I then added a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp's 'Handwritten Sentiments' embossed in Hero Arts white powder, and added a few enamel dots and Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins to finish.  

I hope you liked the card, remember, there are all sorts of types of embossing.  Can't wait to see what you come up with!!


Sunday, 14 February 2016

AAA Cards Challenge - SEQUINS!!

Hi everyone,

I hope you're enjoying the weather wherever you are - I most certainly am not! As I type this it is currently 3 degrees fahrenheit outside (-16 Celsius!!) and falling - it's supposed to get to -5 F tonight (-21C) and our propane heating system is struggling ($$$ boooo)!  There are blankets, slippers and fleeces everywhere tonight!

Our theme this week at AAA Cards is sequins!  Once again, the kind folks at Happy Little Stampers have sponsored our challenge and you could win $20 to spend in their store!!!  With Valentine's Day tomorrow I thought I would stick with my heart theme and made a card for my husband.  

With the online card class on watercolouring and the craze for Daniel Smith paints, I also decided to watercolour this card.  I used Strathmore 500 Series watercolour paper and using clean, clear water, painted a square on my card.  

I used a Spellbinders nesting heart die to VERY faintly (as paint traps pencil and makes it hard to erase) trace a heart shape so I knew how big to make the square.   I then added two colours of Daniel Smith paints in a wash across the square, using Duochrome Aqua (it sparkles and is BEAUTIFUL) and Primatek Rhodenite Genuine (so far my favourite) ensuring to overlap them in the middle. I also spattered some paint around the card and left it to dry. 

Once dry, I added Pretty Pink Posh 4mm sequins in sparkling clear using Ranger Multi Medium Matte around the outline of the heart.  I overlapped the pencil so that it could not be seen.  I'd had this idea for a while in the hope that the sparkling clear would refract the light and the paint and it worked (although it is really hard to see this in the pictures).  This was actually quite quick to do.  Originally I was going to fully fill in the heart with sequins but I thought it looked better as is.

To finish the card I added a simple 'love' sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black ink from The Ton's 'Vintage Frames' stamp set (yes this is coming out for every card now!), trimmed the paper to 4.5" x 4.5" and popped it up on fun foam onto a 5" x 5" white card base.  Inside I added two DCWV rub-on sentiments using my bone folder, from an old set I had from Michael's.   The colours matched perfectly and I LOVE the quote in pink (I believe it is Emily Dickinson but I could be wrong). 

I do hope you'll join us in playing along and check out all the fab inspiration the Design Team has as well.  Remember there is $20 at Happy Little Stampers up for grabs, and who doesn't love sequins!!!

Hope you're all keeping warm tonight!!!  Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!


Friday, 5 February 2016

Clean and Simple Altenew Thanks

Hi everyone!!

Popping in briefly to show you a quick, clean and simple card I made this week using tbe Altenew stamp set 'Wild Hibiscus'.  

I used Tim Holtz watercolor paper taped down to a board smooth side up.  I then wet a rectangle in the centre with clean clear water.  Using distress inks in Candied Apple, Barn Door and Abandoned Coral, I painted a graduated wash using a small flat brush over the rectangle of water.  I let it air dry then did a second layer with just the inks, and let it dry again.

Once dry, I used my powder tool to ensure no static cling, and then stamped the large flower from Wild Hibiscus in Versamark ink.  I then heat embossed with Hero Arts white embossing powder.  If you have the stamp set, you may notice I slightly curved the stem of the flower.  The benefits of clear stamps!!!

Finally I stamped the sentiment from The Ton's Vintage Frames in Versafine Onyx Black and mounted it to a Simon Says Stamp A2 red card base (I think it is Schoolhouse  Red) using Be Creative double sided tape.

I am entering this into the Addicted to CAS challenge this week:

Hope you are having a fun week!   The snow just started again here. Another weekend of digging driveways Boooo!

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