Fabulous Finds Friday — Random Cards & Pretty Paper

Last week I played with some wonderful baby paper from Graphic 45. This week, I tore into another pack, a little funkier. Here’s a quick card (I puposely did not add a sentiment because I have a few possible uses for it.):

(butterfly paper, Graphic 45; background stripes by Hero Arts; butterfly stamp, Layers of Color; scallop border punch, Stampin’ Up!; text on border, Stampers Anonymous.)

Next up is a card using a stamp from LaBlanche, makers of the beautifully etched white silicone stamps.

The silver cardstock (from Wausau) was run through my Spellbinders Grand Calibur using a Cuttlebug folder that I bought before Christmas but never used — I love it! I had a piece of scrap paper that had been sprayed with two colors of Clearsnap’s Smooch Spritz. I stamped and embossed the ship (black ink, clear powder) on the scrap. I rounded the corners and layered it on black before mounting the whole thing to the card. The sentiment (Hero Arts) was stamped and black embossed, then trimmed and mounted using foam tape.

Here’s anothere use of the ship stamp (I’m not really fond of this card, but am sharing it anyway!) It needs a sentiment on the bottom!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Next week I will show a variety of cards — and a mini book! — made with papers from Close To My Heart.

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CHA Report… A New Stamp Company

Today’s sneak peek from CHA showcases a stamp company that is new to U.S. markets. One look and I was smitten!

The company is called La Blanche, and is located in Germany. (You’ll be able to find them in the U.S. soon.) Besides the gorgeous designs, the stamps are intriguing because of how they are made. The stamps are foam-backed, making them very light, and the image is made of white silicone. When I first saw the stamps on the display board, I thought they were soaps! Because the stamps are silicone, you can impress them into hot material, such as Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel.

Look at the exquisite detail! I have not had time to try the stamps out, but here are some samples from the booth:

(The boy on the mushroom looks shiny because a coat of clear embossing powder was melted over the entire image. So elegant!)

The company also carries a line of its own crisp, white paper. Before stamping for the first time, use a stamp cleaner or baby wipe to clean any release resin from the stamp. At the show, the artists were stamping in archival black ink then coloring with Ranger Distress inks. I’m thinking Memento and VersaFine would also be good choices.

I hope to report more on these after I’ve had a chance to play with them myself.

In the meantime, check out the company website at www.lablanche.eu, and tell them I sent you!

Come back for more CHA news over the next few weeks.