Monday, July 27, 2009

Very Thankful Card

You know that I buy the Ronald McDonald set every year from Stampin' Up but I was never in LOVE with the sets, I just bought them because it was ok and it was a good cause but this year, I LOVE LOVE the set. I really love this one with the simple image and the font on the sentiment. I am trying to figure out how to make the peacock image from the same set sparkle like the real thing. For this card, I just scored the lines using the score-pal around the edge 1/2" from the edge and simply used the current in color markers to color the stamp and that was it. A real simple card. I think it would make a real great set to give someone to make a set of 4 or 8. I am working on some projects for the next month and I can't post them until after either they've been published or I have shown it to my group- I don't want to spoil the surprise. So, check back in August for the new projects.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

This is a CASE of a card by Laurie Schmidlin that I made for my workshop. Used markers - I am so glad they have In-Color markers now with crushed curry, old olive and razzleberry. Edge the whole thing with distressor and really let your fingernail do your walking. Mount on Crushed Curry. Staple the ribbon strips and then moutn the littel flower stamped in razzleberry on top. 4x4 very vanilla CS stamped with background stamp and then stamped with the same flower in old olive stamped off and edge distressed again and pierced. stamp sentiment on Curry and punch out with modern label punch and mount with brads and dimensionals. Stamp the strip image from the Razzle Dazzle set in versamark. You could easily change the sentiment for any occasion with the Teeny Tiny Wishes set that fits in here perfectly.



Monday, July 13, 2009

On a Pedestal

This is a variations on the on a pedestal with slightly different back ground -I made these for a swap with some of my demo friends and for my stamping workshop- if you don't have the big shot or cuttlebug, do the left- on a melon mambo base CS- stamped on the left with versamark on the left and textured on the right with small polka dots. Tea Party DD paper on the bottom and tied with the new melon mambo polka dot ribbon- LOVE all of these!
Stamp the imge onto whisper white CS with pretty in pink for the base and melon for the cake and soft suede for the cherry. Separately stamp the cake in barely banana on white and cherry in red craft. Use crystal effects onto the cherry and let dry well- this will take several hours so be patient. I made 20 or so of these real quick in the morning so that it would be ready for my stamping get together that evening that people could quickly cut out. Mount the cherry with multimono and make small dots with it as well and use dazzling diamonds on the cake and mount the whole thing with dimensionals. Corner round and mount on so saffron CS. Stamp the sentiment with melon mambo and wipe away the center with blender pen and it will make it look a little lighter with little effort. Punch out with 1 3/8 circle punch and mount that on scallop circle punched on melon mambo CS.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

metal embossing

I had requests for bridal cards from both my sister and my stamping group and I was thinking about a design and I thought silver and blue would be so pretty. When I tried to use brushed silver paper it was just a little too "flat" for the delicate background I wanted then I remembered aluminum foil embossing so this is the final card that came out. The dress template was made up by folding a paper in half and playing with the cut until I thought the dress looked not too skinny and not too fat- it took a little doing but at least now have a pattern that I can use over and over again.

The dress is also made using a texture plate- cut the design out first in shimmery white CS and then place on texture plate face down so that it would be a symmetrical pattern, wrap a little piece of blue taffeta ribbon and glue dot down a flower from the pretties kit and a half dome pearl from the same kit. Place on card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

The sentiment is from All Holidays set, stamped in Bliss Blue on white, word window punched and then mounted on Bliss blue CS punched with the new modern label punch from SU and accented with a clear rhinestone brad.

The foil embossing is easy peasy- I would recommend that you cut the piece of heavy duty foil to the size neede so you manipulate as little as possible after embossing. It is a little too thin to emboss as is and does better with a piece of CS on top before layering as instructed and shown.

This is what it looks like after you run it through the Big Shot. All the wrinkles will magically disappear. Just lick your finger and slide the paper off the texture plate. Have your mounting surface all ready and put the tape onto the paper you will mount the foil. Be generous with the tape and I would use SNAIL or some smooth tape as one of my stampers found out with one of her "bumpy" adhesives left little bumps on the foil after mounting. This is a very delicate card and the foil can be marred with lots of handling.
This is what the final card looked like. It is really fun and easy project that looks like a million bucks. I've seen cards with less work on it at stores selling for upwards of $8 plus.

If you want something more heavy duty, I would consider using heavy tin or here I used a soda can that I cut out with my heavy duty craft scissors. Wash out the can and cut out the side of the can. I've been flattening it out under my old sizzix and a year later, it still has quite a curl. Oh well.
This is so thick that texture plate does not do well with it but with the embossing folders, it does a beautiful job that really holds its shape and is perfect for rough handled cards.

This is what the embossing folder did to soda can tin to the left and aluminum foil to the right. I like the heavy duty aluminum foil with texture plate because it really smooths out the wrinkles and if you screw it up, run the same foil in the texture plate and it will come out new. But with embossing folders, there are still lots of wrinkles which I did not like as much although in a pinch I would not complain- it's still pretty cool.

This is what the back of the embossed can looks like- I have no bad habits except for one can of diet Dr Pepper that I have every morning. I tried to give it up once after reading that aspartamate may convert to neurotoxic chemicals that can aggravate migraines but my migraines were no better and I REALLY like it so I am back- just could not save enough cans to get ready for my stamping workshop to have one for everyone. Take caution- the edges are sharp and you can cut yourself if you are not careful.

This is my card using the embossed soda can with the cuttlebug Embossing folder. Base card is the new In-Colors from SU- soft suede stamped with same color with the nuts and bolts from the set Lots of Bots. Mount the embossed metal with lots of sticky strips. Crushed Curry strip stamped and edge sponged with soft suede again. Circles cut out with the new circle cutters and I used paper piercer to add a little extra detail. The screw brad on the side from Michaels.
Give this a try- it is SO MUCH FUN!