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SOME CHRISTMAS CHEER

Hi Friends! It’s Susan here with cards for today’s Random Acts of Cardness challenge. Today’s prompt is water. One of my favorite techniques is Ink Smooshing which you need water for so that’s what I did. I ink smooshed a larger piece of paper then turned it into 2 Christmas cards. If you haven’t heard of ink smooshing it’s so easy that I’m sure it you’ll love it.

There’s two ways that I do it. First one is to smoosh the ink pad onto my glass work surface, spritz it with some water then smoosh the paper into the wet ink. Don’t smoosh the whole paper into it – dab the paper into the ink in sections. Dry it with your heat gun, then repeat the process with another ink color. I did 5 colors on this one – it may not a traditional ink color combo but there is red and green in it so it works for me.

The other way that I like to do this technique is to use a piece of acetate. I smoosh my ink pad onto the acetate, spritz it with water and then instead of pouncing the paper into the ink I take the acetate sheet and dab it onto the paper. This way allows you to see exactly where and how much ink you’re adding.

When the panel was dry I cut 3 different sized circles to make ornaments with and one panel using a stitched rectangle die. The sentiments, stars and strings to hang the ornaments with on the card above are from Taylored Expressions Beautiful Baubles Add Ons Stamp Set. I embossed them with silver and gold because I couldn’t make up my mind on which one to use so I used them both.

For the card below I used the Full of Joy Stamp Set from Concord & 9th and again used both silver and gold to emboss the sentiment. I cut the panel with the second larges die in the Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle Die set.

I used a fine tip black marker to add some shadow to the embossing on both cards and I also used the Peaceful Poinsettia Embossing Folder from Taylored Epressions to emboss a piece of white card stock to add to both card bases before adding the ink smooshed pieces.

My favorite is the second one. Which one do you prefer?

 

Thanks for sharing part of your day with me 🙂

Take care,
Susan
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Hot and Cold Embossing

Hi Everyone!

It’s Susan here with day 28 of the Random Acts of Cardness challenges and todays challenge is to use embossing on your projects. I chose to use an embossing folder (cold) and to heat emboss the sentiment (hot).

I started with the Taylored Expressions Peaceful Poinsettia Embossing Folder and a piece of watercolor card stock cut to 4 x 5 1/4″. I grabbed No.024 Wine Red and N0.052 Bright Yellow and scribbled them onto an acetate sheet.

Next I spritzed it with some water.

Then pressed the watercolor card stock into the puddles of ink until it was all covered.

After I covered the whole panel I dried it with my heat gun. I used the peaceful Poinsettia Embossing Folder to emboss the inked panel then set about coloring it in. I used the same two colors I used for the panel and added No.021 Light Carmine and No.043 Olive Green to color in a few of the flowers and leaves. I did this by adding ink directly to the bottom part of the petal that I wanted to color then using a water brush I blended the color to the full petal. Some petals have two colors and some have the same color twice. Letting it dry after the first layer then adding more of the same shade in a smaller area is a great way to stretch your colors into more shades of the same color. I hope that makes sense.

Once I finished coloring the panel I layered it onto a piece of the dark olive card stock from the Hero Arts Sampler Pack than adhered that to a white card base. I used a clear sparkle pen to add some sparkle to the petals of the flowers.

I used a sentiment from Taylored Expressions Beautiful Baubles Add-ons Stamp Set. I embossed it with white embossing powder onto black card stock then fussy cut it out. I added some craft foam to the back and adhered that to the card.

 

 

Happy Stampin’
and thanks so much for visiting!
Stay safe everyone!!
Susan

 

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Tuesday with Tara {take 304} Typed Father’s Day

Happy Tuesday!  Tara here, back with a Father’s Day card that went together really quick thanks to a background & card base I put together previously!  (Read about that background HERE– isn’t Salvaged Patina lovely with Crackling Campfire Distress Stain Sprays?). I really love this effect on the 3D typewrite texture fades embossing folder- I’ll be playing with this one some more and using the letters individually as well!

It really is a fabulous background, so I wanted to keep whatever element I added on super simple!  I remembered I have a vintage typewrite movers & shapers die by Tim Holtz (it’s retired, but there are other fun ones that are still available, like this from Hero Arts)!  I cut the die from black Cardstock and added a bit of ink to accents the details.  I used my computer to type & print the sentiment in a typewriter font.  I printed it in a few different sizes so I could pick the best fit, since I hadn’t measured first 🙂

I finished off the typewriter with a few highlights with a Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen for a subtle bit of bling for this masculine card.   Since I mail a lot of my cards internationally (when I actually remember to mail them- I’m the worst at that!) I kept this card fairly one dimensional.  The colors on the background have so much texture that I didn’t really feel the need to add it elsewhere!

I hope you like it, and I hope my dad will too when he finally gets it in the mail 🙂

Inky hugs,

Tara

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