Color Your World Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the Color Your World Technique Blog Hop where we will be showing you a variety of ways to COLOR what you love as we highlight a few of our current Close to My Heart products! 79834512_10156957929042934_4413576352637124608_oIf you have come here from Valerie Kapsha’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.

I never saw myself as a person who would enjoy “coloring”, but it is something I have become fond of especially when using our TriBlend Markers and Watercolors. For this month’s Technique Blog Hop, I chose to feature these two wonderful items on my Shaded Seashell card that I created for my husband.

I knew that I wanted to keep this card simple and easy to re-create, so I began designing a blue background on a piece of watercolor paper.  I swished paint onto the paper using a Flat Waterbrush, quickly dried it with my heat tool, then stamped some random “sand” along the base with Almond Ink.  I used that same “sand” image to create white sea foam.

After stamping the sentiment with Intense Black Ink, I adhered the watercolor paper to a card base, then framed it with a Stitched Glacier Rectangle. Now the fun can begin! After stamping the seashell images with Intense Black, I pulled out a my TriBlend Markers and a few Shimmer Brushes. I was delighted by the fact that each marker had ALL THREE shades I needed to create shadows and dimension – no extra thought needed

Once the sea shell images were shaded, I used a Wisteria Shimmer Brush to add a little color, applied a touch of Gold Shimmer to the Sand Dollar, and drew a few little highlights with a White Gel Pen.  The shells were attached to the card with Foam Tape and a few Rose Gold Sequins added. How simple is that? 

Those TriBlends are some of my favorites to shade images with.  Each one comes with all three colors needed to shade and highlight your design.  Members of my VIP Group were able to watch a video showing how these NEW Markers work as they watched me use them to shade my Warm Wishes Card. To me, these are one of the better alcohol markers for crafters, like you and me, who wish create beautifully shaded images without breaking the bank.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Maz Wood’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas for Coloring Your World.

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Here is a list of some of the items I used on my project

Emboss It! – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the Emboss It! CTMH Technique Blog Hop where we will be featuring a variety of projects using embossing techniques.  MissCarriesCreations-EmbossItBlogHop.jpgIf you have come here from Terry Metzger’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.

When it comes to paper crafting, there are two types of embossing techniques – Dry Embossing and Heat Embossing.  For my Birthday Wish card, I chose to feature Heat Embossing as I created a “faux” shaker card. I love how well the Mint and Almond play together with the vellum and white embossing powder. misscarriescreations-birthdaywishcard.jpgI began by stamping the background images onto Mint cardstock with VersaMark™ Ink using the Dandelion Wishes stamp set.  I found that the stamping was best done in stages. I stamped the top half of the cardstock with the large Dandelion image, added White Embossing Powder, then stamped the bottom half.

I then placed the three small “fluffs” onto a one-inch block, added a few random stampings, then sprinkled powder again. By stamping in stages, I was able to see where my images would best fit. After heating the embossing powder with a Heat Tool, I splattered Clear Shimmer onto the background.MissCarriesCreations-BirthdayWishDetail

The sentiment was also heat embossing on Vellum paper that had been inked on the back with Almond Ink. I chose to ink the vellum so that it would match the frame and dull the “whiteness” of the vellum. Once the Stitched frame was added, I adhered Sequins to the background to make it appear like a shaker card. I like how “faux” shaker cards have the look of a true shaker, but less bulk when mailing.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Melissa Robinson’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas. Remember, the Dandelion Wishes stamp set is only available through April 30th! Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit my website to order.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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