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Hope your week is off to a great start!
Hi there! I hope you are all enjoying this beautiful weather we are having…. We took the kiddos to our town’s Autumn Fest and the parade today, and it was so much fun to see them people watching and trying new things to eat. The weather finally has that crisp nip in the air, and it truly feels like autumn may be upon us. (Let’s hope so, anyway!) I’m totally ready for cozy sweaters and soup and beautiful trees and pumpkin picking and apple picking and apple cake and pies and…. well, you get the idea. I’m just ready for fall and all of the fun that comes with it.
I thought this sentiment would look gorgeous combined with watercolor, and so I dug out my under-utilized Gansai Tambi watercolor set to create the color wash for the background. After heat embossing my sentiment with Princess Gold on some Strathmore watercolor paper, I used a shade of pink and orange to create the kind of melon-y color wash behind the sentiment. I don’t like to use a lot of embellishment or fancy design on sympathy cards, so I decided to use a few blooms from the Papertrey Ink Vintage Blooms set. I heat embossed them on the same Strathmore watercolor paper and die cut them with the coordinating dies. My trusty Zig Clean Color markers were put to use on the blooms and leaves, since I don’t quite trust myself watercoloring with actual watercolors and being able to create any kind of depth or shadows. (I know, practice, but who has the time to practice?) For the leaves, I simply die cut them, then heat embossed just the center lines to indicate the center of the flower in gold EP. I wanted the color to bleed all the way to the edges of the die cuts, so I didn’t add any of the other images included in the stamp set for the leaves.
I hope you enjoyed! 🙂 Have a fabulous weekend, friends!
So, I purchased Elf’d from Ellen Hutson a while ago, like the day it was released. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on that adorable little elf with the little smirk and cheeky sentiments. But then, I decided that I didn’t want to start putting Christmas stuff on my blog until at least October, because then I might get burnt out, blah blah blah.
Well, yesterday I was doing some organizing (read: trying to clean up the massive mess that is my desk) and found this set. After re-reading the sentiments, I couldn’t wait any longer to put them to use, so I decided to make this card:
“Elf” is one of my favorite Christmas movies, though… don’t shoot me for this… I really don’t care for Will Ferrell as a general rule. (I hate how he portrays characters who are so idiotic that they couldn’t possibly be real, but the movies are set in the present and not in some alternate dimension. Yes, I have thought about why I dislike Will Ferrell’s movies to this level of specificity.) This line, “We elves….” pretty much describes my diet if I could eat anything I wanted all day long and still look okay in a pair of elf tights. I don’t look okay in elf tights after eating halfway healthy, so I will just stick to putting candy corn and syrup in shaker cards.
I stamped a white panel of cardstock with Hero Arts Red Royal ink and Market Street Stamps diagonal stripe background stamp, then die cut the frame with the rectangular frame from PTI’s Shakers and Sprinkles die set from both the striped panel, a piece of fun foam, and a scrap piece of green CS. I die cut the little smirking elf and his chosen foods from watercolor card stock, stamped them with Archival ink, and colored them with my Zig Clean Color markers (without using water). I stamped the candies and syrup again on the card base, along with the sentiment, then colored them in. Some sequins from Hobby Lobby and some faux snow from my Tinsel and Tags kit went inside the shaker along with all of the colored die cuts.
I hope you enjoyed this card! I think I’ve got the Christmas bug out of my system for a few more weeks, but be prepared for an onslaught of Christmas cards starting in October.
Have a fabulous day, friends!
“Make a wish, and blow out your candles.”
This is one of my favorite birthday traditions.
I love the sheer possibility of it… The pure hope when you’re young and are wishing for a new Barbie or book. When you’re older, it means that maybe, just maybe, you’re throwing your deepest hopes and dreams out into the universe with the wish that some cosmic force will deem you worthy of granting your heart’s desire.
Or maybe it’s just the last hurdle before people can dive into your birthday cake…
Whatever it means to you, it almost always means something magical… (yes, cake is magical if made by the correct person.)
With that magic in mind, I present to you this card:
For this offering, I finally put to use a technique that has been popular for ages, but I’ve never been interested for the single reason that I might get messy: embossing paste and stencils. I used this Memory Box stencil and some Dreamweavers Pearlescent embossing paste to create the background after blending Dusty Concord and Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks on a watercolor card stock panel. I have to say, this technique is awesome. I can’t wait to get my hands on some more stencils and put this embossing paste to good use.
After I spread the paste out and let it dry, I die cut the star from the panel using Wplus9’s Clear Cut Stackers: Star (the middle size). It’s not quite the right star shape for what I initially had in mind for this card, but I went with what I had. The sentiment from this absolutely wonderful and versatile Make a Wish set from Create A Smile was kinda tricky; I had initially intended to do something with vellum, but it just didn’t look right. I ended up heat embossing the sentiment on the panel over the top of the paste stars in silver embossing powder. I created a little shaker pocket using my WRMK Fuse tool and some sequins I had in my stash.
After doing all of that to the main focal point, I had to continue the magic with shimmer and shine on the rest of the card. I used a strip of purple DCWV foil card stock and some dove gray Neenah shimmer paper as accents on the side of the star panel. I mounted it on a gray card base and called it quits.
I hope you’re still with me after all of my rambling about magic and birthdays and cake! I can’t wait to try out this embossing paste technique again. Tomorrow I’m back with a Christmas card that is sure to make you feel like smiling, cuz smiling’s your favorite. 😉