Wow! More Pearly Embossing!

In my last post I experimented with some pearl embossing powders from Wow! I loved the look on dark paper, but didn’t like my first try with the powders on light card stock.

I decided the powders needed some color in order to shine, so I stamped with various dark colors of ink (all Clearsnap ColorBox pigments).

Here’s my first attempt, on kraft colored stock:

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The flowers are from an old Hero Arts set, and as you can see, I didn’t stamp cleanly. But I love the way the colors came out. I will probably cut these out or cover the boo-boos somehow … but I’ll use them, by golly! I stamped first with Clearsnap ColorBox Abyss (a deep blue) pigment ink then added various Wow! pearl powders: white, green, red, violet.

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I had better luck with this flower set from Technique Tuesday (an old set, called Va Va Va Bloom.)

I used ColorBox pigment inks that matched the pearl powders: Turtle for the green powder, Cupid for the red powder, Abyss for the blue powder.

Before mounting the panel on my moss green card, I edged it in black permanent marker. Rhinestones and a sentiment (old Hero Arts set — do ya think I need some newer stamps???) finished the look.

Here’s a detailed shot:

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Thanks for coming along, and thanks to Wow! for letting me play with some pearl powders.

 

 

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Random Craftiness

Here are some bits and pieces of crafty news:

Let’s give a warm welcome back to Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps. Prickley Pear, which opened in 2003 by Nicole LaCour and closed last August, is back with new owners but the same fun, whimsical designs.

Tanya Doner-Kostynuk, owner of Riley & Company and Cornish Heritage Farms stamps, and Sue Helm are the proud new parents.

With nearly 900 products in 36 categories, Prickley Pear boasts a large assortment of vintage designs, many of which remind me of the cards my grandmother used to send me! Stamps come in clear polymer or red rubber and there are many matching dies.

Here’s a card I put together very quickly, using just scraps that were on my desk, and the birdcage stamp and die set:

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I die cut the bird and cage from some card stock that I think was made using Ranger Distress stains and/or sprays. The butterflies were from punches, the sequins from Doodlebug Designs and the cool background is the Art Deco Texture Plate from Spellbinders.

It’s great to have Prickley Pear back!

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If you love fabric and you love vintage, take a look at 7gypsies‘ new Gypsy Seamstress line here and here, which  brings together the look of old fabric prints, quilt-like bunting shapes and gypsy style printed banners.

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The collection includes banner making surfaces, totes and an apron.  Besides adding lace, fabric, charms and other bits and baubles, you can color them with  markers, acrylic paint, watercolor, glimmer mist, ink, etc. 7gypsies is part of the Canvas Corp Brands. 

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WOW! Embossing Powder (www.wowembossingpowder.com) has come out with its own embossing “mixing” jars so you can create custom-made embossing powders. Why, you ask, do you need to buy a special jar? (Well, that’s what I would ask …) Because these jars are treated with an anti-static material on the inside so your powders don’t cling to the sides. They also have a label so you can jot down your mixology notes. Check out the video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDAm7lU_SCE

If nothing else, check out the website for lots of embossing facts and to see the company’s wide range of powders and more. You’ll say “Wow!”

Thanks for stopping by for this little craft update.

 

Fabulous Finds Friday — Checking in at Carson

It’s been a while since I’ve been to the Original Rubber Stamp Convention in Carson, CA. (Commonly called the Carson show.) I didn’t have time to shop (boo hoo) because the hubster was waiting in the car…. so I just ran in to take a few picks and say hello to some old friends. Here are some fabulous, fun finds.

First up, the dynamic duo of Judi Watanabe and Rob Bostick of JudiKins.

Judi Watanabe

Rob Bostick

Judi demoed a technique using Mica Magic reinkers to create some stunning backgrounds:

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Judikins

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Rob showed me the new Frosty White embossing powder, here used to stunning effect on red cardstock:

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Judikins new white EP

I think I need to get my hands on that powder!
Check out more of JudiKins at www.judikins.com

Next week I’ll show some more fun finds — including some new (to me) companies and some old friends (Remember Carmen’s Veranda?)

Have a great weekend!

Stamping by the Numbers

In this post I showed you a messy embossed card that I burned by over-zealous heat embossing (grin.)

I had to try again, this time with better success:

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Much better!
(Hero Arts Number Pattern CG516; American Crafts’ Zing! embossing powders Neon Green, Grapefruit, Lilac; sentiment: Hero Arts small letters set; paper by Stampin’ Up!; paper clip from Studio Calico.)

Notes from the Imperfect Stamper…

Do you ever have one of those days? I just got this Number Pattern stamp CG516 from Hero Arts and couldn’t wait to mix up some embossing goodness. But see that brown splotch in the top center of the card? Yes…. got a little overzealous with the heat tool.

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But since nothing goes to waste here, I punched out the good parts and made two cards! I used three different sized circle punches. (The embossing powders are all from American Crafts — yum, I love the colors! They are Neon Yellow, Neon Green, Apricot and Grapefruit.)

First, the secret to getting just the right spot on your punch — turn over the punch so you can see where you are punching:

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Easy, no?

And here are those punched circles hard at work:

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Sentiment is from Hero Arts Hip Hip Hooray set CL497; Punches are from McGill and Tonic; Paper … not sure.  I edged the circles with a black marker, but I’m not sure I like them edged in black. Letters on Happy Birthday were colored using gel pens:  American Crafts Bright Pink, Sakura Gelly Roll orange; Spica melon green.

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Plain white card stock run through Cuttlebug folder. Three of the circles were simply glued down; the fourth (the little pink 3 to the right) was adhered with a foam dot to make it pop. The sentiment is from Hero Arts’ Hip Hip Hooray set CL494.)

Stay tuned some other cards I made using this numbers background (which I love!) that came out better!

 

Fabulous Finds Friday — New Stamps to Adore

When I get a new stamp I’m like a 5-year-old. I can’t wait to ink it up and play,  so my first go-round is usually a quick-and-easy card.

How fun are these two new images from Hero Arts? Dontcha love the “Real Card” stamp? I can see myself using this a LOT!

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Hexagonal Background was stamped in Neon Pink; the sentiment was embossed using Zing Teal powder from American Crafts. I love the creamy opaqueness of these powders and I have several zingy neon shades! I believe the cardstock is from Stampin’ Up.

It’s hard to see, but I added some drops of Ranger’s Stickles Diamond to the dots on the Special sign (because Stickles makes everything better!):

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I love that I can make quick cards using a few basics.

Next up — stamping disasters from the Imperfect Stamper!

Fabulous Finds Friday — Dies, Neons and More!

I have some Fabulous Finds for crafters!

First, I’m really excited about these new dies from Spellbinders. Called Die D-Lites, these 20 new dies are small and intricate, with shapes running from a beautifully detailed cattail scene to medallions and a darling window. You have to see them.  Check out this helpful tutorial from the Spellbinders blog:

http://spellbinderspaperarts.com/Community/Blog/Post/12-10-25/Introducing_Die_D-Lites.aspx

The tute gives some great tips, such as: 1) use wax paper to make it easier to pop out the delicate pieces; 2) try placing dies at the edges of your base plate on the  Grand Calibur (instead of in the middle) for optimum pressure on these intricate dies. These were award winners at the Craft & Hobby Show in July.

I can’t wait to get my hands on some! (I’m crazy about the tree one!) Sorry I don’t have one to show you in a crafty way, but I do have this Spellbinders Botanical Swirls die:

Isn’t that lovely? Be patient with me here… This is my first time using such a delicate die. After cutting it out, I ran it through my Xyron Creative Station to get it nice and sticky. As you can see, I didn’t burnish it well enough and some of the adhesive leaked through. I decided to sprinkle on some clear embossing powder, thinking it would give the piece some interesting highlights (and take care of the excessive adhesive). Not sure I succeeded…. Ah, well, the card needs some finishing touches … like a focal point, sentiment, embellishments, etc. But I love the die!

Last week I showed some embossed flowers using Zing! neon powders from American Crafts. Check out these colors:

Can you say yummy?

The last of my Fabulous Finds for this Friday are new stamps from Rubber Stamp Plantation. This Hawai’i-based company has wonderful Hawaiian and Asian-themed images, decals and other exotic crafty toys. Here’s a tease:

Being the Impatient Stamper, I couldn’t wait to stamp these!  These wonderful background scraps were piled on my desk, just begging to be used. So I did some random stamping. Next week we’ll see what I do with them!

Thanks for coming by to see what’s fabulous!