Eclipse Thank You Card (and a few other samples)

Eclipse Thank You Card (and a few other samples)


To do the eclipse technique, die cut shape(s) are cut out of the decorated or printed panel and reattached after being layered/raised up so you have a continuous pattern across the whole card.  I smooshed the background with ink and water and then partially stenciled a pattern which was darker/complete in the upper left corner and “trailed off” as I moved towards the lower right.  The pattern on the portion of the card where I die cut my “thanks” is subtle, but you can see how the drops and splotches of color continue onto the raised letters.  (I cut and layered four plain white die cuts under the patterned one to raise it up.  You could also use a piece of fun foam.)

For the next two cards, I used patterned paper.

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Both of these panels were made from different parts of a sheet of  “Thoreau Flowers” (#505802) paper by Recollections.  The  “In A Word: Thanks Cutaway” die (#WW031CA) from Winnie & Walter is perfect for this technique.  The butterfly die was unbranded.

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Winter Flowers

Winter Flowers


This card features stamps from the “Winter Flowers” stamp set by Simon Says Stamp.

I heat embossed the images in Hero Arts Copper embossing powder on black card stock and colored them with Prismacolor Pencils and a Dove Blending Pen.  I am honestly not sure how I feel about this as it is awfully dark.  I was trying to use traditional red and green, but I think it might have needed lighter colored pencils?  I did think it was cool that the colored pencils actually showed up on the black; I was expecting to need to put white pencil or ink down first (and I did not need to).  Anyway, I also purchased the “Spring Flowers” set which is similar in style, and I think I will try this technique again with lighter colors.

The mat is “Copper” card stock from Cardstock Warehouse’s Starstream Collection with an ivory card base.  The Merry Christmas stamp is from the “Sentimental Holidays” set (retired?) from Gina K Designs.

While I still had the embossing supplies out and the stamps on my MISTI, I decided to make a few simple thank you notes.


The thank you stamp was from the “Wonderful Words I” set (retired?) from Stampin’ Up.  There were long lines/tails at the beginning and end of the words that I masked off for this card.

thank you stamp

The card based is “Ocean Tides” from Papertrey Ink.  It’s hard to see in the photo, but I added texture to the stamped panel with Gina K Designs Whisper Amalgam Ink and the GKD Gauze background stamp.

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Ho Ho Ho with Distress Oxide Inks (and a few other samples)

Ho Ho Ho with Distress Oxide Inks (and a few other samples)


After trying alcohol inks the other night in the course I am teaching through the Haddonfield Adult School (as I mentioned in my previous post), we then played with Distress Oxide inks .  I used these inks for the first time while preparing samples for this lesson.  (I had watched several tutorial videos back when the inks were first introduced but hadn’t actually tried them until now.  Not sure what I was waiting for!!)  I love how cool the ink looks when it dries, how it reacts with water, and how easy (and fun!) it is to layer colors.

The background on this one was “smooshed” with Tim Holtz Faded Jeans, Cracked Pistachio, and Vintage Photo Distress Oxide inks.  I didn’t add water to my inked surface on this card because I wanted to see how the layered inks looked after they dried without the oxidized look.

The die cut is called “Ho Ho Ho Square” (#590-ZZ) from Impression Obsessions.

Here are two more samples made with the “smooshing” technique using Cracked Pistachio, Faded Jeans, Wild Honey, and spritzes of water between layers.


The floral die cut on this one can be found in the “Floral Square” die set (PFSA0118) by Pinkfresh Studio.  (The “thanks” die was unbranded, but I’ve since found and purchased the “Gallery Frame 2” die set from Hello Bluebird which contains this “thanks” die, but bigger.)



The “Fancy Floral 2” die (PFSA0918) is also by Pinkfresh Studio.  (There is also a Fancy Floral 1 which is the same design with thicker lines and could be layered under this one to create an offset mat.  It could also be used on its own.)

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Tarnished Leaves

Tarnished Leaves


Two very fortunate things happened that led to this card design.  First, my friend ordered white embossing powder for a project she was working on and received “Aged Silver Embossing Enamel” by Stampendous! instead.  She didn’t feel like dealing with returning it so she tried it on another part of her project (in addition to the white she eventually got) and we both LOVED it.  After the project was completed, she gifted me the jar – thanks, Kirsten!!  The second thing that happened was that I was lucky enough to be randomly chosen as the winner of a Stampendous! gift certificate from the Modsquad Challenge, and I used it to purchase the Decor Cling Leaves Rubber Stamp – DCR101 – thanks Joyce and Laura!!

I used both of those to create this card.

The embossing enamel is a mix of a tarnished looking silver and black that looks aged,  metallic, bubbly, vintage/shabby chic, maybe even a little copper… and cool!  And it looks so different depending on how the light hits it.  (So hard to photograph!!)  Here’s a better look at the shine:


The stamp itself is huge (8″ x 8″) and has a bunch of leaves and splatters; I just used a small part of the panel I created for this card.  Before embossing the image, I randomly stamped overlapping leaves (with a single leaf stamp from the Momenta “Nature” set) with Memento Rich Cocoa ink (straight stamping and stamping off) all over a piece of ivory card stock.  I used the same stamp with Memento Desert Sand on ivory for the large background panel.  I love that leaf stamp for adding texture!

The panels were matted on Gina K Chocolate Truffle card stock. (The “thanks” die was unbranded, but I’ve since found and purchased the “Gallery Frame 2” die set from Hello Bluebird which contains this “thanks” die, but bigger.)

I love the stamp with just ink, too!


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