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A new technique to me!

Hello friends! It has been a few weeks, things have a been a little crazy and fun. There has been no time for making cards. But I have been gathering lots and lots and lots of ideas. I have gotten some new product in, can’t wait to get in my room and play! I did get into my studio this weekend and tried a new technique to me. I was having so much fun I just couldn’t stop. Take a look at these pictures of all the fun I have been having!

Ok, lets get started! I have been having so much fun heat embossing with these new stamps that I got from Gina K. You can find all kinds of fun things from Gina K designs from www.scrapbook.com. (use the link on the right) These stamps are all part of a big kit. It came with three stamp sets and some coordinating dies and cardstock. So, for the card that I want to talk about today, I have used the stamps and my favorite technique right now which is ink blending. Of course I used Tim Holtz distress oxide ink. For this I used, spun sugar, milled lavender and peacock feathers. First I had to dig out my embossing powders. I have to admit that I haven’t used these powders in a long time and I quickly was reminded that if you don’t use it, you lose it. It is true embossing powders do go bad after awhile. You will know when this will happen when you go to heat set it and it heat sets spotty and it doesn’t create a solid embossed line. So after going through a few different companies of embossing powder, I found my Martha Stewart white embossing powder. I stamped the image on white cardstock and used my white embossing powder. I did a few of these so I could work in batches. Once I got all the embossing put away, I pulled out my inks and blending brushes, and I went for it! I started off with a very light touch of ink on the paper and pushed harder where I wanted it darker. Once I was happy with all the color on the card, I used a cloth to wipe off all excess ink sitting on top of the embossed image. It was like magic! It made the whole image POP!!! Don’t ya just love it when something happens just the way you learned?!!! I was so giddy! I then took a stitched die and placed it on the spot that I wanted to cut it down to. I then took a coordinating die to cut out a black piece to mat the stamped image on. Once it was adhered to the card base I added a few sparkles and this fun little sentiment, and I can’t agree more! Adulting is hard and friends do help! This was a sentiment form Taylor Expressions. I am obsessed with this company and their sentiments. Check them out (Simple Strips – Friendship (tayloredexpressions.com)

I hope you give this technique a try! It is so much fun and truly magical! Don’t forget to check out the links on the left to take you on a little shopping spree! Enjoy your day friends!

Paper Hugs!
H

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