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Faux Shadow

Happy Monday, Stampers! I hope your weekend was restful and you had some time to stamp. We had a glorious weekend weather-wise. I finished my swaps for the San Diego On Stage and prepped all my kits for our Pals Rage before On Stage Make & Take. I’m feeling pretty good. Then I remembered I need to make designs for my April class and for the Stamp Club I belong to (I’m presenting in May). Put that on my list of Things to Do! 🙂

I was inspired by Jennifer McGuire on Friday and on Saturday decided to try this new technique of making a faux shadow so the lettering almost looks puffy. After 5 attempts I finally got something I thought was presentable.

I decided to take the photos outside so that the copper sparkle would show. That’s a strip of leftover copper paper from the Holiday Catalog with Blushing Bride Embossing Powder and Copper Embossing Powder.

Now this shot really has the glimmer!

A little shadow from the lemon leaves but you get the idea.

This technique requires two layers of embossing with the second stamping a tiny bit off of the first. I tried Blushing Bride with Cherry Cobbler, White with Silver and the Blushing Bride with Copper – all on black cardstock. I also tried Clear with Blushing Bride on Rich Razzleberry – that was a disaster! My first attempt with the Blushing Bride and Copper didn’t look great so I tried it again and got this.

Basically what you do is: Embossing Buddy, Versa Mark ink, stamp, first embossing powder (in my case, Blushing Bride), heat, Embossing Buddy, Versa Mark ink,  stamp, second embossing powder (Copper for me), heat and you have it! Remember to line up and then move over a bit for your second stamp. That is what gives it the puffed up look.

Jennifer McGuire has  a great video and she gives very clear instructions. 

 

Stampin’ Up Products Used:

Stamp Set – Time of Year

Ink – Versa Mark

Paper – Blushing Bride, Blooms & Bliss DSP, Copper Foil (R), Black

Accessories – Embossing Buddy, Blushing Bride Embossing Powder (R), Copper Embossing Powder, Heat Tool

 

 

The trick to this technique is to use a photopolymer stamp since you really need to see through it to know where and how much to move over on your second stamp.

I’m always looking for new techniques and unique folds so this really approach appealed to me. I hope you enjoyed this card and will check out Jennifer’s video and try it yourself.

This will be a busy week for me.  I’m really looking forward to our Make & Take on Friday with other Pals demonstrators coming in from various cities. On Saturday we will attend Stampin’ Up! On Stage here in San Diego. At that time we’ll get a sneak peek at the new annual catalog. Sorry, won’t be able to share online until June 1.  On that day I’ll be able to put the new catalog up on the right hand side of my blog and say good-bye to the current one. This is always an exciting time of year.

Have a great week and keep stamping!

Happy Stamping!    Donna

 

Thinking of You in Swirly Bird

Hello my stamping friends –

I’ve had the Swirly Bird Stamp Set and dies for a while but just haven’t gotten into them too much. I made this card at a class with my upline, Peggy Noe. I liked it so much I thought I’d CASE it for my class.

Thinking of You in Swirly Bird 1 

We did this in Sweet Sugarplum and I’m beginning to think this is my new favorite color. This card is so light, clean and easy (except for all the different colors and stamps).

Thinking of You in Swirly Bird 2

I jazzed it up a bit with some rhinestones.  A little bling adds so much to a card. The inside is a piece of whisper white so that a handwritten message can be added.

Products used:

Stamp Sets – Swirly Bird, Time of Year (Hostess set)

Ink – Sweet Sugarplum, Smokey Slate, Blushing Bride, Wild Wasabi, Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper – Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White

Accessories – Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Try this card out. I’m going to get busy and make some more cards with the Swirly Bird stamp set and dies.

Until my next post…Happy Stamping!