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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Everything is Royal in PAISLEY for #ICAD2014 Day 12

For the day 12 prompt I knew I had to use these unmounted paisley stamps from Viva Las VegaStamps! For this card I wanted to play around with some embossing powder.

Since I made a clock out of my glitter tray {it was never used anyway} – I grabbed my baggie full of embossing powders with paper plate pouring trays. In there I have these two handmade stamps I had created carved from recycled foam vegetable trays and they go nicely with the paisley stamps.

I started by selecting one of my painted cards leftover from day 5 "galaxy".


Using Globecraft and Piccolo Enamel and Embossing Powder Adhesive {which comes in a nice dauber top bottle} I applied the clear "INK" to the stamps and pressed onto my background. If you be careful about where you are placing the images and your fingers, you can stamp then apply embossing powder, then continue stamping and powdering until the background is filled – then at the end heat set the embossing powder in one fell swoop. This is what I try to do so the embossing powder doesn't get overcooked in areas.


Due to my messy way of storing my embossing powders my white and gold had each spilled out and got mixed up in the protective baggie I had them in. There was more than enough to use for a project and this is the perfect project to not let that crafty goodness go to waste. It looked like the perfect combination of salt and pepper.


I stamped the larger handmade flourishes first, then filled in with the smaller stamps. When filled I added a few hand doodled details using a Versamark marker {this is the clear ink in a pen form}. I like the results of this but the lines came out a lot thicker than I really wanted. I have a fine line detail applicator that I'm going to fill with some of the embossing liquid and give this a try again on another project. To fill in a couple leftover areas I used my tiny arrow recycle heart from Viva Las VegaStamps!; one of four stamps I've illustrated that have been immortalized in rubber at VLVS!

Here's a detail of the magic happening... on left the raw embossing powder and on the right – all it's melted golden glory! The white bits add a nice texture to the gold, but really is lost into the gold. I love those happy accidents!

I totally love how this one came out... paisley and all.
It's so regal with the purple and gold! :) Sb

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Paper Woven Horses... #ICAD2014 Day No. 19 - Orange

Hello friends! I'm playing a little catchup with some of my cards. I had some other creative projects that I needed to work on that took up my daily creative time {and I have been taking some creative time daily}. I have been really inspired by everyone's One-Staple Collages so I started out with this card for the day 19 prompt "ORANGE" to try one.

I have all sorts of bits of this and that saved for collage and cardmaking, some of which being these orange patterned paper scraps {I think are from QuickQuotes}. I had plenty of them to make a woven paper background, but due to the small footprint of my index card, it was a little flimsy... so I needed something to hold my woven paper strip background together so I used some orange patterned washi tape to tack the loose edges down.

Then I pulled out some more orange things in the scrap bag: some off-cut pieces of American Crafts Ribbon; a bread bag tag; tie and tag from dry cleaning; fluorescent orange mini envelope; more washi tape; foil seal from a San Pellegrino Orange Seltzer; and the feature – a horse torn from a notepad at work. All tacked down with a few mini glue dots. Pretty close to one staple... I will try again!  :) Sb

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Say CHEESE!!! #ICAD2014 Day 11 - Toy Camera

For the Index Card a Day prompt for Day 11 - Toy Camera, I started with one of my extra backgrounds created from mopping up spray mists on Day 5 "Galaxy".


I started with one of my coveted and never been used stencils by The Crafter's Workshop. The Rhonda Palazzari 6x6 Stencil: TCW392s Captured is perfect for this prompt. Using my Faber-Castell big white PITT pen, I traced and filled in the main body of the camera.


I went over this a couple of times to build up the opacity on top of the misted background. When dry, I switched to the outline of the camera and filled with black PITT pen. I also added some cross-hatching for extra detail. The mini star clusters are also in the stencil. I tried to fill with the white PITT pen, but it sort of bled under and lost all detail, so I went over with a blue PITT pen {that did the same thing because of the large nib}, then used the thin black PITT pen to trace the stars proper. I really like the pop art feel the out of register colors give so I repeated it while applying the stamps I used to fill in the background. 

Some hand lettering in the style of the fonts from the stamps and this card is complete. Stamps are from Cloud Nine Design 66042 Travel Set and Heidi Swapp Arrow Stamp/Die Set HS01136. This one is so fun and I'm enjoying trying out some of my "never been used" supplies.  :) Sb

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