FMS258 Stamped Heat Embossing

Okay, this turned out a little different than I anticipated…  I used the fabulous sketch that our fabulously talented Rita Wright designed for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches, and I combined it with Vintage Leaves and Hardwood stamps and a lot of heat embossing.  I’m letting the layers do the talking on this card since it’s for a guy who definitely would not appreciate any feminine frills.

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That “metal” looking piece needs a bit of explanation.  It started out with the goal of having a piece of paper that looked like stamped metal.  I’ve done this before and it’s really beautiful, but I’ve never tried a piece this large.  All went well… 5 layers of heat embossed gold powder and then stamp it while it’s still hot.  TIP:  I suggest inking your stamp with VersaMark to prevent any embossing from sticking to your stamp.

Here’s what surprised me:  when I stamped the leaf image with VersaMark onto the hot embossing, it looked as if I stamped it with a bit of Early Espresso, but I didn’t.  Apparently, this darkness has something to do with the gold heat embossed powder.  Anyway, I was interesting and I liked it.  I “smudged” the remainder of the gold with a dry paper towel, and then reheated the areas around the leaf to set it the marks I had just added.  Then I got crazy and reheated the whole thing.  The weirdest thing happened.  It was like ONLY the clear came to the top when I added heat and the image was sealed in.  Way too cool.  Is this even a technique or just a big pleasant boo-boo.

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I separated the layers of my “ribbon” piece and exposed the center;  I love the way that it looks like a piece of suede.  The birthday sentiment was double-heat embossed to raise the letters more.

fms258-ritaRita’s sketch was fun to work with, as always!  I hope you’ll take the challenge and play along with us this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  Don’t forget to pop by first to see what the “Clean Team’ has designed to inspire you this week!

 

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FMS256 with Super-Cute Merry Mice

Jen Timko, our incredibly gifted designer, is hosting this week at Freshly Made Sketches and she’s created a wonderful sketch to work with.  I especially like how it can accommodate larger sentiments.  However, I chose to use Merry Mice for my card.  I swayed from Jen’s sketch slightly… I didn’t take a last look and I made my banner go to the top of the card.  Oops.  I hope it’s close enough!

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I love this fun stamp set!  I love to color and this set is perfect for some in-front-of-the-TV coloring.  I used watercolor pencils for this image; I think they’re the easiest way to color and shadow a small image.

fms256-merry-miceFor a little Christmas shine, I added Crystal Effects to the eyes and nose and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter to the snowflakes and dots.  Another fun to make and mail-friendly card!

fms256-jen-tI hope you’ll drop by Freshly Made Sketches to see what Jen and the ‘Clean Team’ have created to inspire you this week.  I can tell you it’s an awesome display!

Happy stamping!

Cindy

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FMS255 Finger Painting with Ink!

Hi!  Thanks for stopping by!  Today I’m featuring a card that I designed for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  Our beautiful and very talented Artisan, Amy O’Neill, created a wonderfully clean and simple sketch for us to start with.  I really enjoyed working with this sketch; it caused the ideas to really flow!

My card features a technique that I recently saw on Jennifer McGuire’s blog… creating beautiful water color backgrounds by finger painting with ink (actually, it amounts to sponge daubing, but you use your fingertips).  This technique is WONDERFUL for those of use that have a difficult time with water coloring, and it’s so much fun.  Jennifer mentions the staining on fingers, but like she says, it eventually wears off.  I loved that, and I’m a get-your-fingers-inky person, but you could use gloves if you’re squeamish.  🙂

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The process starts by heat embossing the flourish from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set with white embossing powder.  I thin used a gummy product (Rubber Cement works well, too, but use a finer brush than what comes with the product) to cover any areas that you want to remain white, as I did on the flowers and leaves. To prepared my ink colors (Pool Party, Marina Mist and Dapper Denim) I “stamped” my ink pad on a craft sheet and spritzed with water, stirred and began “daubing” the applied with fingers.  I found an old Smooch Spritz that looks like a pearlized gray and added more dabs, again with my fingers.

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After rubbing off the gummy stuff, I colored the leaves and flower petals with water color pencils and added Wink of Stella.  The little dots are 1) White Gel Pen and 2) Black Glitter Embossing Powder.  The Thank You die is a clean and simple way to add a sentiment “banner”;  this was cut in Basic Black, and then well-coated with Wink of Stella.

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I hope you enjoyed my card and that you’ll go visit Freshly Made Sketches to see what Amy and the rest of our “Clean Team” have designed to inspire you.  We invite you to play along with us this week!

Happy stamping!

P.S.  Less than 24 hours later and my fingers are ink-free!  😉

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Blessed Fall Greeting

So glad to have a card for Freshly Made Sketches this week!  It was so much fun working with Narelle’s sketch, and I can see it working just as well flipped 90 degrees.  Narelle Farrugia is our host at FMS and she designed a fabulously versatile sketch for us.

fms254-vintage-leavesI chose to use the Vintage Leaves stamp set and the coordinating Leaflets Framelits Die along with a little clear and a little gold Wink of Stella, and I cut a second smaller leaf out of the 1-1/4 Burlap Ribbon and frayed it a bit.  To add texture, I covered a piece of Pool Party CS with the 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon and ran the Chocolate Chip CS through the Big Shot with the Woodgraiin embossing folder.

So, I had the main part of the sketch covered, but still had a card that was really lacking something.  I don’t know what even made me think of it, but I thought of the shaving cream technique, which I’ve seen countless tutorials on how to do it, but I’ve never tried it.  What the heck…  how messy can it be?  Well, kinda.  Blue hands kinda.  However, it was easy and very cool to do!  The piece that I used for this background was the first piece I did.  I want little bits of color and lots of white left, so I did a very gentle swirl and I love the results.

The Blessed diecut is from Simon Says Stamps.  I did three layers, the top two in Pool Party and the bottom, Chocolate Chip, was slightly offset.  I put Crystal Effects on the assembled diecut sentiment, but I have to admit, I had a really difficult time with it, which usually isn’t an issue.  Because little things bug me until I do something about them, so I’ll probably gently remove this one and put a new one on, maybe sans Crystal Effects.  🙂

fms254-narelleI hope you’re inspired by Narelle’s sketch and my interpretation of it and that you’ll go visit Freshly Made Sketches to see all of the Design Team’s fabulous creations.  Get your inspiration and play along with us this week!

Happy Stamping!

 

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Ring the Bells for FMS252

ARGHH!  Layers of circles!  Definitely a big challenge for me, always.  This week’s circles are courtesy of Karren Johnson.   Karren’s a very talented designer and, obviously, a really good challenge sketch maker.  🙂  So, here’s my card for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

I’m not sure if my creation totally qualifies to match the sketch; I hope it’s close enough!

FMS252-Cindy-HallI needed something that I could stack and the bells, cut in a snap with the new Bell Punch from the upcoming Holiday Catalog.  I didn’t want them just floating from the bow, with nothing behind it, so I used the pine branch from the stamp set Christmas Pines.  For a little texture and dimension, I popped the top bell with dimensionals and I embossed the greeting with clear embossing powder.

File this one as very easy and very mail-friendly!

FMS252 KarrenI hope you love the challenge of circles, and that you’ll join Karren and the rest of the Design Team at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

Happy Stamping!

 

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FMS251 Wonderful Year

Guess who’s hosting at Freshly Made Sketches this week?  I’m excited to share a sketch for everyone to play with, and to share my own design based on it.FMS251 Cindy Hall

 

It’s a pretty simple sketch with only a few layers, and when I designed the sketch, I wanted something that I could use a large sentiment with.  I chose the Wonderful Year stamp set (awesome stamp set!), which fit perfectly on my white oval.  I used Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write Markers to ink up my stamp.

FMS251-Wonderful-YearThe stamp and Pretty Pines Thinlits do all the work.  I really love the little extra cuts in the pinecones for texture.  The DSP is from the Warmth and Cherry DSP Stack, and I combined it with Gold Foil to add some color and shine.  This is a wonderful card to make for out-of-town family and friends as it is flat and mail-friendly.

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I hope you’re inspired by my card and the other awesome creations by the Design Team at Freshly Made Sketches, and that you’ll play along with us this week.  I love making a sketch and seeing what your creative minds come up with!

Happy Stamping!

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Just a Note (for you!)

I absolutely love the Flowering Flourishes Bundle!  Both the stamp set and the thinlet dies are so versatile and super simple to create with, either separately or together, but for this one I strongly recommend buying the bundle.  Also, although you can create a better cutting experience with intricate dies by adding addition sheets of paper or with wax paper, again, I recommend the Precision Plate if you like to take the work out of stamping.  I’ve put the bundle to use on this week’s sketch for Freshly Made Sketches by our super-awesome Guest Designer, Cecile Ribon.  If you haven’t checked out Cecile’s blog yet, I urge you to do so, because she is an amazing designer.

FMS250-Cindy-Hall-3I started by masking off the shape of the background piece and sponged it with Pool Party from the outsides in, leaving a slightly lighter spot in the middle and then stamped the sentiment in black.  FMS250-Flourish-Thinlets-2After cutting out the flower and leaves with the die, I did a little trimming on the leaves, added some Wink of Stella and a rhinestone to the flower for a little more pop and finished with clear droplets.

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I hope you love Cecile’s fresh and clean sketch as much as I do!  Please come see what the ‘Clean Team’ at Freshly Made Sketches has created for lots of inspiration, and hopefully, you’ll be inspired to play along with us this week!

Happy Stamping!

Supplies: Stamp Set: Flourishing Phrases;  Paper: Whisper White Thick Card Stock, Rose Red, Delightful Dijon and Old Olive;  Ink: Pool Party and Black;  Tools and Accessories:  Big Shot with Precision Cutting Plate, Flourish Thinlets Dies, Wink of Stella, Rhinestone Basic Jewels and Glue Pen.  Non-SU:  Pretty Pink Posh Clear Droplets.

 

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