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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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Tuesday with Tara {take 359} Bookmarks!

Happy Tuesday, friends!

I’m sure I’m not the only person who looks forward to summertime reading!  I used to read so much when I was younger, but I find these days I really have to make an effort and take time to read.  All too often, when I finally do take the time I end up using a piece of junk mail or a receipt for my bookmark.  Friends, we can do better than that!  ha!

Today I’m sharing some sweet & simple bookmarks I stamped.  I paired this little mouse by Anita Jeram (not currently in the online store- sorry!) with some paint splatters & a swoosh from this fun crafty set by Taylored Expressions.  I stamped the painty bits in Distress Oxide Ink, picking the colors based on the scraps of ribbon I could easily find on my work space to match with them!  Here I’ve used Mustard Seed and Wilted Violet.  Lastly, the mice were quickly colored in with some watercolor pencils and honestly, it’s as simple as that!

The stamp set comes with some cute little sentiments that I added to the bookmarks as well.   Before stamping, I cut the bookmarks out of some mini slimline stackables stitched dies by Lawn Fawn, and they are perfect for this!

Here’s a closer look at my cute little bookmarks!  Now I just need to make the time to use them…

Inky hugs,

Tara

For a Friend

There’s nothing to pick up your spirits like a card from a friend, in your mailbox! A bright & cheery one is even better. I think I combined these elements in these pretty cards that are perfect for a friend, at any time. And of course, I worked it in for the Scrap ‘N Stamp word prompt of ‘friends’!

DOODLE FLOWERS BACKGROUND

Everyone in the Scrap ‘N Stamp design team recently received a box of goodies to play with! I have to admit that I didn’t wait – I dove right in, so you’ll be getting a sneak peek today of some new  products that haven’t hit the shelves yet! I was actually so excited that I created 2 cards, using the same products. Just because I could! I wanted to see the pretty new embossing powders on a white, and a dark background. Here they are!

For a Friend

I had started with the white background, but them immediately how how gorgeous the colours would stand out on a darker background! They’re still pretty on the white, but really pop on the blue!

CARD DETAILS

Start with your panel of cardstock – light or dark. I found it best to set up the cardstock and Taylored Expressions Doodle Flowers Background stamp in my stamp platform. Next, cover the stamp with Versamark ink, and press firmly on the cardstock. Repeat if necessary. Now the fun happens! Seriously, I felt like a kid in kindergarten again, I had such fun. I used the coming soon Embossing Powder set by Hampton Arts – you’re going to love! There’s a total of 16 different embossing powders, each colour has 2 – one matte, one glitter. To start, I sprinkled the matte green around the edges of the stamping, basically to colour the stems green. Remove any excess powder, and then add  your next colour. For the flowers, I chose to use the glitter version of the colours – pink, violet, yellow and blue.  I didn’t bother to shake off the excess of each colour as I went along – this meant that the colours mixed beautifully ! When you do shake off the excess powder, you can keep the resulting rainbow, and use it on another project. Here’s a close up look at the pretty results.

For a Friend

This background stamp leaves a wonderful oval in the middle, perfect for a sentiment. Stamp your chosen sentiment onto vellum with Versamark ink, and then cover it with gold embossing powder. Use a heat tool to set, and then die cut with an oval die. For my sentiment, I used one of my new stamps – again by Hampton Arts, but I’m not sure of the name! It’s a wonderful sentiment set, though.

Attach your embossed card front to a bright card base, and then attach your sentiment oval. Add a few embellishments to the card front for some sparkle, and to hide your glue behind the vellum. Again – I used new self adhesive gems from Hampton Arts, and sequins from  Studio Katia.

SNEAK PEEK!

In the photo below, you can see the vials that the new embossing powders come in, plus the new gems.

For a Friend

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