Welcome to the Plastic Patterns Technique Hop

These past few weeks, I have been learning a variety of new ways to use stencils, which is why I am so excited for this month’s technique hop.  118348271_10157701360272934_5253391408661344276_nI can’t wait to learn a few new methods to try on my projects.  If you have come here from Alyson Mayo’s Blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished taking a look at my Vintage Rose Lace card, 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.


As with most of my experiments, this one didn’t quite start out well as I had hoped, but it lead to a very wonderful outcome.  Before I tell you the story behind the process and share my video tutorial, let’s take a look at my project. 

This simple thank you card was created using Diamond Stickles and Transparent Gloss Texture paste with one of our new 12-inch stencils. Don’t you just love that Tattered Rose background? It reminds me of old world tiles. 

Like I said, the project didn’t start out well. I knew that I wanted a thick sparkle background, so I experimented with Stickles Gel, but soon realized that the stencil I chose had too many details for that medium, so, I decided to try a bottle of Diamond Stickles instead. 

After adding the stenciled stickles (say that fast five times),  I built up the background using Transparent Gloss texture paste to create the look of etched tiles. When I first applied the paste, it appeared as if all the glitter from the Stickles was going to disappear, but once it dried, I had a beautiful sparkling background. 

To bring out the lace image, I grabbed some Tattered Rose Distress Oxide Ink and used a blending tool to add ink to the card front. I then used a paper towel to remove the ink from the texture paste and the result was a stunning etched lace background.

After spending so much time on this little experiment, I decided that the sentiment needed to be very simple and sweet.  I had debated on stamping on some vellum or even adding a little flower, but, in the end, chose to use some Blue Belle to create a little thank you card. 

The sentiment was cut out of both Blue Belle glitter paper and Blue Belle cardstock using the Thanks Thin Cuts. These two dies are designed to layer atop each other to create the sentiment and a shadow layer. 

I just loved how that glitter paper sparkled along with the Stickles on this card, so I decided that I needed to add a few more sparkles and placed  Blue Belle Glitter gems around the sentiment. How precious is that?

For those of you who have been enjoying my cardmaking video tutorials, I decided to squeak one more in this week.  This one is very short, simple, and to the point, but I hope it still helps you to learn some new techniques. 

I hope that this project inspired you to try something new and that you are encouraged to experiment with some stencils in your collection.  If you don’t own any, you can purchase a few on my website, or make a few of your own using our Stencil Sheets

Now ‘Hop” on over to Michelle Loncar’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 using stencils on your projects.  

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Here is a List of the Items I Used Today

Creating with Fall Colors for the Color Dare Blog

Many of you are starting to see the seasons change where you live and some of you are experiencing some glorious autumn colors. Our fall season has been a little slow coming this year, but that didn’t stop me from being inspired by this week’s Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge70304577_10214887455481910_8344393459171328000_n.jpg

Can you imagine being able to see such a sight out your window? As I peered upon this week’s inspiration photo, I was drawn towards the deep reds, yellows, and greens and chose to use them to create this week’s Sunflower Thank You card. MissCarriesCreations-SunflowerThankYouCard.jpg

I started with a background I created using a stencil cut from the Share the Seasons Thin Cut.  I used this same stencil on my Fall Coffee Card to create an inked background.  Today, I am using the it to create a rustic, muted, background with Texture Paste.

Just a quick reminder: You only have a few more days
to save 30% on the Share the Seasons Bundle. 

After spraying the background with ink, I layered it atop Sangria Cardstock.  This new Sangria color is a beautiful fall shade. I have just started creating with it, and am already liking how well it goes with many of the colors in our collection.  I chose to also use Sangria to create my Sunflower image and stamp my sentiment.  The center of the flower was created with Saffron Ink that was heat embossed with VersaMark, Clear Embossing Powder, and a sprinkle of Copper Tinsel.

After assembling the card, I decided to add a few embellishments.  A decorative knot was created with Sangria Ribbon and some red dots were made by adding color to our White Dots with a Red Marker.

This card reminds me off all things I love about fall – simple, rustic, and full of color.  I hope it has inspired you to create something new and join us for this week’s Color My Heart Dare Color Challenge.  Don’t forge to link up your creation before October 10th.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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