Fabulous Finds Friday: WOW! Pearly Powder!

Wow, I’ve been having fun playing with WOW! new pearl embossing powder, which is especially effective on dark paper.

Check it out:

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I used five different colors here, all pearl: red, violet, green, white and blue. (And don’t you love that big background stamp? Also from WOW!) I stamped the background using VersaMark ink, then sprinkled on the various colors to get the mixed effect.

Here’s a closer look that catches the light:

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The piece is mounted on a shimmery blue-ish card. “Happy” (from Technique Tuesday) was die cut twice from a silver shimmer scrap and mounted on top. So easy.

Next, I wanted to try the powders on light card stock — a very different look. I wasn’t crazy about my first attempt:


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It actually looks better in the photo because the background looks darker (not white) and I let the light reflect, but in reality, it was too faint for me. (In my next post, I’ll show how I used it in another way on lighter card stock.) So I added some watercolor just to see what would happen: (Not my best watercoloring efforts! Sheesh.)

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Here’s a detailed look with reflecting light:WOW EPs on white 725 detail DSC_0770

I punched the XOXO several times (from a Fiskars punch), stacked the pieces and glued them together using ScraPerfect’s Best Glue Ever. Because I stupidly punched the extra XOXOs from white paper, when they were stacked you could see the white edges. To fix that I colored the edges with a black permanent marker. And of course added that necessary touch of shimmer … black Wink of Stella from Kuretake/Zig. I don’t use the black often, but when I need it, well … )

I’ll have some other experiments in my next post. Thanks for stopping by!

More Valentines and a Fabulous Find

I just realized we don’t have too much time until Valentine’s Day… so in the next few posts I’ll do a Valentine Blitz! There will be more hearts than in a cardiac unit! So get ready….

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This sweet die cut set is a Fabulous Find from Lawn Fawn. The stitched square and the tiny hearts are all part of the die set, which also includes a row of arrows, banners, etc. I colored the tiny hearts using a Distress Marker. The cute arrow paper clip is also a Fabulous Find from Freckled Fawn (Wow, this is like a whole deer theme!) The heart (gold embossed with Judikins) and sentiment (cut up) are both by Hero Arts. The pretty sequins are from Doodlebug Designs and the yummy pink card stock is from World Win.

This came together pretty quickly … mostly because I had lots of odds and ends and new dies hangin’ around my desk.

I also put some of those teensy hearts inside:
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Have a wonderful weekend!

Random Bits….

Oh, what a lazy blogger am I! Busy, busy work period… but I hope to have some Fabulous Finds by Friday.

In the meantime, here are some things I’ve been working on:

(flowers by Hero Arts)

I’ve been playing with embossing powders, especially these fun Zing! neon colors from American Crafts. Hmmm…. now I just have to figure out what to do with them….

And when I figure that out, I can use these:

(Hero Arts)

But here is one card I finished:

(Images all Hero Arts)

Cleaning off my desk I found a purple background I had made using alcohol inks. I stamped the silhouette flower image over it using silver pearl embossing powder. So fast and easy!

Hope to make some cards this week!

Leftover images and bits ….

Wow, what a mess on my desk! After a week of playing with neon inks and embossing powder, there were lots of bits and pieces left on my desk. Some fell together.

Here’s what happened:

(Background squares by Hero Arts; all other stamps from Close To My Heart. Purple embossing powder from American Crafts. Stores stamped in VersaFine black from Tsukineko.)

And some leftover pieces from Core’dinations. Here’s the mess:

And a card:

(Sentiment from Stampin’ Up) And a close-up:

Thanks for stopping by!

Random Cards, Mellow Yellow

The weather was gloomy, work has been hectic, there’s not much new to report and time is tight … so here are some random cards.

First, since I talked about some of my favorite embossing powders last week, here is a cheery card made using Zing! powders from American Crafts. Zowie, those colors are bright!

And more mellow yellow made from … yes, scraps!

I know, not terribly exciting, but fast and easy. Thanks for indulging me!

Fabulous Finds Friday — Embossing & Fragments

Here are two Fab Finds from Stampendous!:

The top jar is Embossing Enamel, a thick, textured embossing powder. At first, I wasn’t sure I’d like it because it’s so chunky. But it worked surprisingly well with this thin-lined stamp from Hero Arts, giving the image a nice steam-punked look:

Because the powder is so thick, it’s best to heat it from underneath, rather than above, as you would normal embossig powder. Here’s another cool technique — add a big layer of powder, melt, then stamp into it with a solid stamp (ink your stamp first with clear embossing ink, such as VersaMark):

Let the powder cool before pulling out the stamp. Dontcha love the gold specks?

The other jars, the Fragments, are colored mica bits that add a nice touch of texture without the traditional mica shine. Here’s a little somethin’ I whipped up just to experiment:

I used a layer of thick white glue then added the fragments, pressing them gently into the glue.

Thanks for stopping by!