today in card making

Every once in a while you are handed an opportunity to just have fun. Today was one of those days. My friend and paper dealer/enabler/goddess, Kim Holmes hosted a 12-hour crop today as a fundraiser for her daughter's church mission trip. Although I was not able to attend for 12-hours, I spent a good portion of the day laughing, crafting, and really getting a recharge on my crafty batteries. I needed that. 

And here is the result:

Card 1 - Neat and Tangled stamp set, distress ink, Bazzill textured card stock

Card 1 - Neat and Tangled stamp set, distress ink, Bazzill textured card stock

Essentials by Ellen (Ellen Hutson LLC) Bokeh Dots stamp set, Distress inks, Studio Calico sentiment

Essentials by Ellen (Ellen Hutson LLC) Bokeh Dots stamp set, Distress inks, Studio Calico sentiment

Hero Arts Lace stencil, Distress inks, Simon Says Stamp sentiment

Hero Arts Lace stencil, Distress inks, Simon Says Stamp sentiment

Spending time in a group of crafty women always gets the creative juices following.

more later, mel xoxo

embossed glossy

This is the first post in the dry embossed techniques I am sharing. Inspired from the Inspiration Showcase by Online Card Classes from Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner. This posted is focused on embossing on glossy paper. I love this look. First there is the card.

Next is the tag I made for the technique and added to my technique ring.

The biggest tip I can give you with this technique is to sand the tops of the embossed (raised) design. This allows the ink to better penetrate the paper and darken that part of the image.

to be continued... mel xoxo

Ranger Glossy card stock dry embossed with a Hero Arts folder and rubbed with Distress Inks Milled Lavender, Seedless Preserves and Faded Jeans then mounted on Nenah Solar White card base. The sentiment is from a Hero Arts set white heat embossed on black Bazzill yardstick and tied with a little piece of purple twine.

a sad event

It is always sad to make sympathy cards. I usually don't make these unless I have a reason. I am happy with the card. I think it's elegant. I love using black silhouette flowers against a colorful background.

If you have any questions about the card, supplies used or the technique, let me know in the comments.

see you again soon, mel xoxo

 

Nenah Solar White cardstock and Tim Holtz Wrought Iron Stencil rubbed with Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass, Weathered Wood, and Pumice Stone. Simon Says Stamp sentiment and leaves stamped in Versafine Black ink. The leaves are covered in Glaze black ink pen. Simon Says Stamp Sea Glass cradles layered with Bazill Basics black cardstock.