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

A Sketch to Make a Farmhouse Sunflower Card

It’s been a while since I have joined the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, and, since life has been a bit busy, I decided to use this week’s sketch to quickly create a Thank You card.   My daughter is a huge fan of sunflowers and recently moved to a small farmhouse, so I decided to combine the two to create a Farmhouse Sunflower card.  Before I show you my project, let’s take a look at this week’s sketch. 

I always enjoy the simplicity of the Atlantic Hearts sketches. They give plenty of detail with room for interpretation and creative additions.  I chose to create a card similar to the sketch using our new Joyful Sunflower stamp with a few additions from our Timber collection. 

The base of the card was designed with a White Daisy stitched rectangle frame atop some wood-grain paper. If you hadn’t guessed by most of my photo backdrops, I adore the look of wood-grain and I especially love the rich tones on this Timber paper.  

To match the farmhouse theme, I grabbed a checked tab from the Timber sticker sheet and stamped the sentiment in Espresso ink.  Black and White checks are everywhere right now in farmhouse decor and this tab felt like the perfect addition.  

The sunflower was stamped onto some white cardstock using our Espresso Pigment ink so that I could heat-emboss it with Clear Embossing powder. At the time, I had planned on shading the image with watercolors, but, once it was stamped, I decided to leave it as is.  All those details in the sunflower stand out so strongly with the raised embossing and nothing more is needed.

I used the thin cuts dies to cut out the sunflower then placed it onto some white cardstock speckled with Toffee Shimmer.   In the sketch, the sentiment sits below the image, but, since I placed mine on the side with a tab, I decided to add some zig-zag stitching using our Gold Embellishing Thread across the base of the image. 

For such a simple design, I feel like it turned out absolutely beautiful and it helped with the heartache of missing my daughter this week.   


I hope that you enjoyed today’s Farmhouse Sunflower card project and that you were inspired to try something new and join me at the Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge.  I will be showing a version of this card during my Virtual Crop next weekend and show what it would look like if I had added the watercolors.  If you wish to join the crop, click on the events tab above, then click on the link in the calendar. 

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Back to Basics Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the Back to the Basics! Technique Blog Hop where we will be showing you a variety of basic techniques that highlight a few of our new Seasonal Expressions products!69296818_10156645912002934_8306240367032795136_o  If you have come here from Haley Dyer’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.

My goal this year has been to show you how to use your “stuff”, and today’s blog hop gives me the perfect opportunity to share some Basic Heat Embossing Techniques with you.  How many embossing powders do you have sitting in your craft space? Can you remember the last time you used them? Today, I plan to inspire you to pull out those bottles as I share four basic heat embossing techniques I used on my Grateful Sunflower card. misscarriescreations-gratefulsunflowercard.jpg

At the very bottom of the post, you will find a list of the supplies I used as well as a video I created for my VIP group showing various ways to use embossing powders.

Simple Embossed Sentiments

This is how most of us use our embossing powders.  After stamping the sentiment using a VersaMark™ Ink, I sprinkled White Embossing powder over the image, then used a Heat Tool to set the powder.


Combining VersaMark with An Exclusive Ink

There are times we want to create an embossed look using a specific color. On my project, I wanted to center image to be embossed in Saffron. Using my stamp platform, I first stamped the image in VersaMark™ Ink, then stamped the image again with Saffron Exclusive Ink, sprinkled it with Clear Embossing Powder, and heat the image.

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Combining Multiple Embossing Powders

The center of the sunflower has a slight shimmer, which was achieved by mixing Clear Embossing Powder with a small amount of Copper Tinsel. You don’t need much and you need to plan on throwing the mixture away when you are finished.  This time, I stamped with a Pigment Ink to get the color I wanted for the center of the sunflower. MissCarriesCreations-HeatEmbossing-MixedPowder


Embossing Pens Add Detail

Our new Embossing Pens are a great way to add little bits of embossed elements. After stamping and shading my leaves, I used the Embossing Pen to accent the veins.

 

Here is another photo of the card showing all the details I was able to create with each of the Heat Embossing Techniques. These are just a few of the ways you can use your stash of embossing powders.MissCarriesCreations-GratefulSunflowerCard-Detail.jpg

Want to learn a more? Check out the video I created for my VIP Facebook Group showing some more way you can use each of our Embossing Products. If you are not on Facebook, you can view a shortened version here.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Darlys Recker’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.  I hope today’s post has encouraged you to start using your embossing powders to create something new.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Sunflower Sympathy Stamp + Thin Cuts
Sunflower Sympathy + Thin Cuts

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Hawthorn Paper Packet

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12 x 12 Black Cardstock

White Daisy Cardstock
12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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Saffron Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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VersaMark Ink Pad

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White Embossing Powder

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All Purpose Mat

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Espresso Exclusive Inks Pigment Pad

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Clear Embossing Powder

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Embossing Ink Pens

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Heat Tool

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Anti-static Pouch

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Copper Tinsel Embossing Powder

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Gold Brown TriBlend Marker

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White Burlap Ribbon

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Anti-static Pouch

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Rose Gold Loose Sequins

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Dull Green TriBlend Marker

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Foam Tape

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Every Little Thing Complements