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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Faux Monoprinting

Faux Monoprinting


Jennifer McGuire shared this cool technique HERE , and I thought it would be fun to try.  Basically, you do some inking and emboss resist on one background panel, and then you wet it and press it against a clean panel to create a second background panel with ink from the first.

Here’s the card with the original panel:


And here is the second panel made with this technique:


I used Salty Ocean and Seedless Preserves Distress Inks and clear embossing powder with some flower stamps for the resist.  You can see how the clear embossing powder over the sponged ink gives you a darker image of the flowers on the original panel, but how the images come out looking white on the second panel because the ink trapped under the embossed images did not transfer there and the white paper showed through.

I love both looks, and I love how you get two background panels with this technique!

I topped my panels with some simple, layered die cuts, and the two cards were done!  The delicate Tulip Frame Die by My Creative Time is a great die for this technique since it allows you to still see a lot of the background.  The greeting die was unbranded.

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Shaped Cards

Shaped Cards


I was playing with some dies and the Stampin’ Up “Waterfront” set and came up with a few cards that were not the typical rectangle shape.  (We ended up making “shape cards” in my class last week.)

Here’s another sample:


This is a fun stamp set that has a bunch of elements to create different outdoor scenes.  The solid image stamps don’t need to be colored; the inks do all the work.

Once I was done stamping, I sponged a coordinating color onto the frame I created with two of the nesting dies from the same set used to cut the card base.

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Faux Water Colored Flowers in Pink

Faux Water Colored Flowers in Pink


I love the look of water coloring, but sadly, I am not really very good at it.  So I fake it!

For my faux water coloring, I took a few solid image floral stamps (from a set of stamps I found in a “ms. sparkle & co.” bin at Joann Fabrics a while back), inked them up with Memento Lilac Posies ink, spritzed them with water, and then stamped them on water color paper.  (I didn’t use much water so the effect on my finished card is subtle.)

After the images dried, I stamped over them with some line art images (from “Sunshine Daisy Flowers” set by Forever in Time) which added definition without covering up the water colored effect.  These two sets do not really match up at all, but I was really pleased with the outcome when they were layered.

I didn’t have a stem stamp (this is a card/lesson I prepared for my class, and I was limited to the stamp sets I had available for class use), so I painted those by hand with Memento Bamboo Leaves ink, some water, and a brush.

The leaves were from a multi-step stamp set (unbranded?), and I chose to stamp just the “middle step” stamp.  No water was used to stamp the leaves, but I thought the sketchy look of that stamp seemed to fit with the rest of the card.

As I mentioned, I didn’t use much water for my sample above.  Here is a look at what the flower stamp looks like (without the layered scribble stamp) with water and without.

faux water color comparison sample

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