Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Embossing Paste? Yesssss!

To create the background piece for this card, I used some ink in the lid of the ink pads and an Aqua Painter to wash color over the thing. Once it was dry,  I used the Eastern Medallions Thinlits to cut pretty patterns in it. 

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Emboss Emboss!

Okay so I thought I loved embossing paste... then I got the Shimmery White embossing paste! wowsa!! Then of course the old familiar gold embossing powder, I mean gee, what's not to love?

I got the idea for this card from fellow Demo, Joanne Hodge. I was playing around to make something to cut the dragonfly out of. This is what I did:

I love this for a background! I hated to cut it apart to make the dragonfly. Then I told myself, "you can always make more!" Oh, and I can add it to the technique binder:)  Remember, you can get the written directions for the techniques FREE by placing an order with me. I just added more today, and now have 48 techniques!! To get AL 48 TECHNIQUES, just place an an order of $50 and I will email them to you.

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Brusho & Embossing Paste

When I was a little girl, one of my favorite things to do with crayons was to make a "design" with lots of colors it it. I'd fill up a whole sheet of paper with a random design of circles, ovals, loops etc. then I'd color in all the closed shapes with different colors. How I loved that big ole' box of Crayola 64... with the sharpener in the back!

Inspired by those memories, I decided to do something similar with Brushos and silver embossing paste. I chose silver because it would stand out and because it is thinner than the white or shimmery. I needed to be able to 'draw' my swirls with it, so I began searching in my craft room for some squirty type bottle to put the embossing paste in. I looked an empty mustard bottle, but the opening was too big. I ended up using an empty bottle of glitter glue. I filled it about 1/3 full of the embossing paste.

I spritzed the watercolor paper with water, then sprinkled on the Brusho powders, added more water then used a Heat Tool to dry. (I'm much to impatient to wait for it to dry naturally! Next, I drew/squeezed squiggles of embossing paste over the design. I had to wait for it to dry, then my background was done.

I wanted something simple on this background because it is so busy, so I chose the dragonfly thinlit. Brushing some Wink of Stella on it added some shimmer.

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Coffee & Chocolate for Valentines

In case I haven't mentioned it lately, I am so thoroughly in love with the Painted Love Designer Series Paper!  I have not only used it for traditional Valentines Day cards, but I decided to use the Coffee Cafe bundle as well. I mean, who says you can't use coffee for Valentines? Chocolate and coffee go GREAT together!

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