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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Sweet Cupcake meets Sale-a-Bration

I fear I haven't used this great stamp set, Sweet Cupcake, as much as I should have because it is now retiring. I am so sorry to see it go. I recently designed this card using the Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper from the Sale-a-Bration flyer. I just love that paper!

I had thought I would make it masculine by using the blues, but it still looks feminine to me. The card base is Marina Mist and the inks are, I believe, Soft Sky, Pool Party and Marina Mist. The cupcake paper is actually cut from a copper foil sheet, as are the word "wish" and the spirals across the bottom. The coordinating Cupcake Cutouts Framelits Dies, which include the words "sweet" and "wish", are retiring with the stamp set.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Experimenting

As you have noticed by now, I have played with the Black Ice Technique a lot, using it as it was designed to be used. For my husband's birthday card, I decided to experiment using Glossy White card stock in place of the Silver Foil and Night of Navy Ink instead of the Archival Basic Black. It is difficult to stamp on the Glossy White paper without the stamp sliding a little, so anchoring the card stock is a major help.

Because my husband is a retired pilot, I like to use the airplane for his cards whenever I can. Thus, I have hung on to the Sky is the Limit stamp set from Sale-a-Bration a couple years ago. It comes in so handy for lots of masculine cards, but especially cards I make for my husband. I also used the discontinued iridescent embossing powder on this card. My granddaughter, who loves bling, was seated next to Bob when he opened the card and immediately cried, "I want that card!" I think I'm going to have to make a card for her using the iridescent embossing powder. I vaguely recall reading that you can mix some Dazzling Diamonds Glitter with the clear embossing powder to get a similar effect, but I have not played with that technique since I still have the other. I find that embossing powder lasts forever!

Of course, you can't see the sparkly, glittery coating in this photograph, I'm sorry to say.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Lovely as a Tree in Black Ice

That black ice technique has captured me, in case you hadn't guessed. This time I used the evergreens from the Lovely As a Tree stamp set and I just love the way it turned out. The moon in this is from the Waterfront stamp set and is stamped in white. Otherwise, it is the same technique as I've used before: Draw edge of black ink pad over a piece of silver foil; stamp the desired images and make sure the ink is dry; use embossing buddy and then draw edge of VersaMark ink pad down the silver foil; cover with clear embossing powder and heat emboss.





This card uses some long retired black grosgrain ribbon and a discontinued button. I so wish the camera would pick up the glazed effect of the heat embossing.

Current Products Used:
Lovely As a Tree rubber stamp set (6), W 128655, $28.00; C 127793, $20.00
Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $9.00
Basic Black 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 121045, $8.00
Smoky Slate 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 131202, $8.00
Silver 12" x 12" Foil Sheets (2), 132178, $4.00
Basic Black Baker's Twine (25 yards), 134576, $3.00
Basic Black Archival Stampin' Ink, 140931, $7.00
VersaMark Pad, 102283, $8.50
Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder (1/2 oz.), 109130, $5.00
Embossing Buddy, 103083, $6.00
Heat Tool, 129053, $30.00

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Pretty Kitty

I had toyed with purchasing the Pretty Kitty and Bella & Friends stamp sets for some time and finally gave in when I had extra dollars for free product. I really like the birthday greeting because it has a message for inside that makes it special.  I was originally planning to make this card at my April class, but changed my mind, deciding to go with retiring products instead. Some of my favorite sets are leaving our catalog as well a some favorite colors. But the replacement colors are fantastic; I just wish I could keep the old along with the new!

One reason for this card design is that I really wanted to use my new Stitched Shapes Framelits. The great thing about those framelits is that they coordinate with the Layering Squares, Ovals and Circles Framelits. The Basic Gray Shimmer ribbon is from the Sale-a-Bration catalog and is therefore no longer available.  

I'm sharing two images variations of this card because I can't decide which one I like better—with the banner greeting or with the greeting stamped in the bottom corner. What do you think?

I also decided to decorate the inside of this card, so I will include that photo as well. The kitten is colored with watercolor pencils.


Products Used:
Pretty Kitten rubber stamp set (11), W 141861, $28.00; C 141864, $20.00
Smoky Slate 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 131202, $8.00
Melon Mambo 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 115320, $8.00
Shimmery White 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (10), 101910, $8.00
Basic Black Archival Stampin' Pad, 140931, $700
Watercolor pencils (13), 141709, $16.00
Blender Pens (2), 102845, $12.00
Petal Pair Textured Impressions Embossing Folders (2), 145656, $9.00
Layering Ovals Framelits (15), 141706, $35.00
Stitched Shapes Framelits (12), 145372. $30.00

Friday, April 13, 2018

More Black Ice

I had so much fun playing around with this Black Ice technique (details on previous post)! I just wish you could see the gleam from the layer of clear embossing.  Knowing my grandson would be graduating from community college this spring, I decided to use this technique on his graduation card. He loves his music and is especially into his guitars, although he also plays the violin.

The background is accomplished by once again drawing the edge of the Basic Black ink pad across a piece of Smoky Slate card stock. I added three silver stars (Metallic Enamel Shapes) to the focal piece of this card.


Because the card base is black, I decided the liner needed a little coordination with the card itself. So I added black streaks (a little grunge) and stamped another guitar in the corner.



Products Used:
Epic Celebration stamp set (SAB, discontinued)
Basic Black 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 121045, $8.00
Smoky Slate 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 131202, $8.00
Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $9.00
Silver 12" x 12" Foil Sheets (2), 132178, $4.00
Basic Black Archival Stampin' Ink, 140931, $7.00
VersaMark Pad, 102283, $8.50
Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder (1/2 oz.), 109130, $5.00
Embossing Buddy, 103083 $6.00
Heat Tool, 129053, $30.00

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Thank You Gifts

I try to include little thank you gifts in bags with my customers' orders. I used retired products for this gift. The Treat Tubes were in our holiday catalog and the lavender stamp was from Sale-a-Bration.

As you can probably guess by the jelly beans in the treat tubes, these gifts were added to their orders from my March class. The Scalloped Tag Topper punch is still available (133324, $23.).

Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Black Ice Technique

I have had a great deal of fun playing with the Black Ice Technique developed by Melissa Kerman and you will see a few posts showing this technique. I find it is a great technique for masculine cards, but can also be made more feminine by adding printed backgrounds, which is what I did for this card that we made at my March stamp class.

This card utilizes our Fresh Fig In Color for the background and for the card base. I did "grunge" the 4" x 5-1/2" piece of  Fresh Fig Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper by dragging the Basic Black Archival ink pad across it. I simply tipped the pad so I was using only the edge as I dragged it down, turning the paper and doing so one again. I used a very light touch so as not to dirty the paper too much.

For the "black ice", I used a piece of 3" x 3-1/4" Silver Foil And dragged the ink pad across its surface in the same way. Only the archival ink will stick to the foil, according to Melissa. You may wish to attach this piece to grid or scrap paper. To do this I used my SNAIL adhesive on my grid paper and then rubbed off a lot of the stickiness. The result was a temporary adhesive that did not tear the foil when removing it.

Now you are ready to stamp your image. I used the Heartfelt Blooms stamp (Sale-a-Bration).  You should be sure your ink is dry before continuing with the next step. If you have the dual temperature heat tool, use the lower setting to dry the ink.

Next you need to use your Embossing Buddy to remove any skin oils from the surface of your foil piece. This is when it is especially advantageous to have your foil temporarily adhered to another piece of paper so you don't add more skin oils by handling the surface. Drag the VersaMark ink pad across the foil in the same way you dragged the Basic Black pad, both from the top down and the bottom up (easiest if you simply rotate the piece). Cover the surface with Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder; tamp off the excess powder and melt with your heat tool.

You can now adhere your layers: 3-1/4" x 3-3/4" Whisper White card stock; 3-1/2" x 4" Basic Black card stock. I added a Silver Metallic Enamel Shape to the dew drop on the daisy and fastened a narrow ribbon around the bottom (retired). This unit was attached to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.

Products Used:
Heartfelt Blooms rubber stamp set (4), W 1471997; C 147202, free with $50 purchase (SAB)
Fresh Fig 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 144242, $8.00
Basic Black 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 121045, $8.00
Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $9.00
Fresh Florals 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper Stack (40), 144131, $22.00
Silver 12" x 12" Foil Sheets (2), 132178, $4.00
Basic Black Archival Stampin' Pad, 140931, $7.00
VersaMark Pad, 102283, $8.50
Embossing Buddy, 103083, $6.00
Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder (1/2 ounce), 109130, $5.00
Heat Tool, 129053, $30.00
Metallic Enamel Shapes (100), 141678, $7.00
SNAIL Adhesive, 104332, $7.00
Stampin' Dimensionals (300), 104430, $4.00