I love butterflies and hummingbirds. I have a pollinator flower garden in my front and backyards so I can sit and watch these marvelous creatures all spring and summer. And when I saw the Sweet Soiree Decorative Masks, they reminded me of a trellis of climbing vines of flowers. And what comes with that of course? Butterflies!
We made this card in my monthly card club this past Sunday. We had a lot of fun because it was the first time in several months that we'd used embossing paste. And you should have heard the "Ooohs and ahhhs" when I showed them that there was glitter already in it! This Shimmery White Embossing Paste is the best! No more adding your own Stampin' Glitter; this has it already mixed in! And with Brusho Color Crystals, you can now create your own custom colors of embossing paste to match all of your projects. It really doesn't get much better than that!
Base: Daffodil Delight, 8 ½” x 5 ½”, scored at 4 ¼”
Layer 1: Basic Gray, 5 1/8” x 3 7/8”
Layer 2: Watercolor Paper, 5” x 3 ¾”
Layer 3: Vellum
I wish I could take all the credit for this Brusho Watercolor Wash, but the fun fact is, my friend Julia Sharpe Fair and I were playing one night and this is what we came up with together. Sadly, when we were all finished, we realized we hadn't recorded our process. But that's ok, I went back and made one for you later.
I do apologize for the portrait shot of the video. I believe I've got this figured out and am keeping my fingers crossed for landscape mode in the future
Base: Whisper White, Thick, 8 ½” x 5 ½”, scored at 4 ¼”
Layer 1: Dapper Denim, 5 1/8” x 3 7/8”
Layer 2: Shimmery White, 5” x 3 ¾”
Layer 3: Berry Burst Crinkle Ribbon
Brusho! Have you heard of it? Have you played with it? It seems everyone is using Brusho, including the ladies at my monthly Stamping Club yesterday.
Brusho is watercolor ink crystals. Stampin' Up! packages them in a set of five colors: Brilliant Red, Moss Green, Prussian Blue, Yellow and Gamboge, a very brilliant red-orange. And let me tell you, a little goes a LONG way! For the first card we made at club, I wanted everyone to see just how far these amazing color crystals go, by using it with the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen, a medium they had used before to water color. Sprinkle just a few crystals on a clear block and mix with your Wink of Stella, and use the color to paint inside the heat embossed image.
It creates a very stunning card, don't you think? It was quite quick, and clean up was minimal. Just wipe your Wink of Stella on scratch paper until it's clear again, and wipe up your clear block with a damp cloth. I've created a video to show you just how easy this Brusho and Wink of Stella technique can be.
Base: Flirty Flamingo 8 ½” x 5 ½”, scored at 4 ¼”
Layer 1: ½ Delicate White Doily
Layer 2: Smokey Slate, 5 1/8” x 3 7/8”
Layer 3: Shimmery White, 5” x 3 ¾”
Eclipse cards are all the rage right now and they're so fun to make. I've seen some great ones out there, but wanted the message of this one to stand out, so I kept the design fairly simple. And you know I must love someone quite a lot if I'm going to use a whole 4 3/4" square of Gold Foil as a background layer! And I love how it peeks out in the middle of the "O", don't you?
I have a secret to tell you. When I joined Stampin' Up! in 2015, I couldn't stand Calypso Coral! It seemed like it was everywhere in the Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs that year, and I was so tired of it, I wished it would go away forever. And now, I seem to reach for it quite often. Coral's never been a favorite of mine; it has those orange tones I shy away from. But it is a warm color that's great for the winter blah's. Not a bright orange, and not pink; somewhere in between. It's funny really, because if you had suggested would use this color combination back then, I would have thought you were crazy!
But leave it to Stampin' Up! to create such a beautiful specialty designer series paper that makes me pull Calypso Coral off the shelves! The Painted with Love Paper uses some amazing watercolor and foiling techniques that will really add some WOW to your projects.
And...did you notice the gold hearts? Those are actually Gold Vinyl Stickers! They're quite fun and I'm sure I can use them for some different projects around the house. Hmmm...off to go find something I can use these on!
I'm going to be making this card LIVE on Facebook tonight at 9 pm. Won't you join me as I demonstrate the Eclipse technique?
Base: Basic Black, 5" x 5"
Layer 1: Gold Foil, 4 3/4" x 4 3/4"
Layer 2: Calypso Coral, 4 1/2 x 4 1/2"
Layer 3: Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series Paper
Layer 4: Painted with Love Gold Vinyl Stickers
Layer 5: Whisper White, 4 3/4" x 4 3/4" (for inside layer.
As a French major, and French history buff, let me just say that Marie Antoinette got a bad rap! She was no were anywhere prepared to be Queen of France than say, me! But, had she really said "Let them eat cake!", I'm absolutely certain it couldn't have looked any prettier than this one.
Remember on Monday, I featured that card from the Cake Soiree bundle? This card uses the same bundle, and even the same technique of embossing and vellum and coloring on the reverse side. This time, however, I used shades of purple and pink, a long with a fun bit of Lemon Lime Twist.
Which do you like better? Peekaboo Peach or Wisteria Wonder?
Base: Wisteria wonder, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2",
scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Whisper White, 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Layer 2: Wisteria Wonder, 5" x 3 3/4", embossed with the Ruffled Dynamic Impressions Embossing Folder
Layer 3: SilverFoil Sheets
Layer 4: Whisper White Card Stock
Layer 5: Vellum
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