Friday, September 7, 2018

Outside the Box

It's kinda "funny" how I see techniques/ideas on how to do things that I used to edo ALL THE TIME ... and have forgotten about COMPLETELY!! This card comes from a few things I haven't done in a while ... and I stuck them ALL together!!

First thing??? Ombre. Everyone is doing everything ombre ... cakes, hair, clothing ... and CARDS! I started with some Flirty Flamingo and a sponge. I rubbed that across the bottom of my piece of Whisper White cardstock. Then, I did the same thing with some Blushing Bride, and finally with some Powder Pink. I did a "once-over" with the Powder Pink on the entire piece to make sure I was able to blend in any spots that looked too heavy.

Second technique that has been "re-found"?? Clear embossing on patterned DSP. I chose of piece of Basic Gray patterned paper from the Animal Expedition DSP. I stamped the image from Flourishing Phrases using some Versamark, then embossed it with clear embossing powder. Pulled my trusty sponges back out and rubbed over the ENTIRE piece of paper with some Granite Gray ink. You need to use a color that is darker than the original paper, or the clear emboss won't show up with the pattern from the DSP visible through it!!

The flower ... that dang flower!!! I spent WAY too much time changing my mind with that thing!!! I stamped the image in Whisper White, and then heat embossed it with Whisper White embossing powder ... on VELLUM, no less!!! Then I pulled out my lovely Stampin' Blends and set to work. I added and lifted so much color off of this baby ... I'm still not sure I'm super thrilled with it, but at least I got 'er done!

Lastly, I used a diecut for something "out of the box" ... the cute little fence die from the Farmhouse Framelits set to make the decorative border under the flower (there are two of them ... one from Whisper White and another from Smoky Slate, which I flipped upside-down and staggered so that the posts from the Smoky Slate one filled in the "spaces" from the Whisper White one!! I like it as a decorative border, actually!

Stamps: Flourishing Phrases
Paper: Basic Gray, Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Vellum, Animal Expedition DSP
Ink:  Flirty Flamingo, Blushing Bride, Petal Pink, Versamark ... Cajun Craze and Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Framelits, Clear Embossing Powder, Whisper White Embossing Powder, 5/8" Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon, Faceted Dots

It is WAAAYYYY tooo beautiful outside to be stuck in an office all day ... but stuck I must be!!! I shall have to enjoy the beautiful blue skies and fresh air through a window today. Tomorrow morning I will be up before the CHICKENS to be at the start line for the Revel Big Cottonwood 1/2 Marathon. Wish me luck!

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1 comment:

MarvA1ix said...

I keep saying "I haven't done that in a while", when it comes to techniques or unique folds for cards. I have to say that I have never tried any of the techniques you used today, and I have been stamping for many years. Today, I will try something new!