Tuesday, September 9, 2008


Fall is definitely on the way! The temperature here this morning is 48F. I'm sure it was only a week or so ago that it was around 90F. But I haven't caved yet. The heat has not been turned on. With the windows closed overnight, it's not cold inside (well maybe just a little). I'm sure I'll hear noises from the family if it's too cold for them.

Yesterday's technique challenge on SCS was one I hadn't seen before called embossed shimmer. But after looking at some of the awesome samples, I knew I wanted to try it. The technique involves painting a piece of acetate (clear transparency) with a combination of white lumiere paint and ink refills and then running it through my cuttlebug in an embossing folder. As the drying time was rather lengthy, it was suggested to use time to do other household duties, so I showered, got some laundry done, crocheted some flowers... you get the picture.

I used yellows, oranges and reds on mine, since I wanted autumn colors. Even though the acetate is covered with paint, it is still somewhat transparent, so I tried several different colors of card stock behind it and really liked the copper tone I got with a piece of groovy guava. I used ruby red as a card base and accented with chocolate chip.

I was really slow this year getting in my first new catalog order, so I just got this new stamp set, inspired by nature. I really don't like the fact that it's supposed to be double-mounted, so the other large stamp is not mounted yet. I need to find a block the right size for it. I don't feel that double mounting a stamp like this is an acceptable option, since I use my stamps in a large class (20+). This is the first card I used this set on. I colored only two of the flowers with markers (ruby red, chocolate chip & always artichoke) and misted with water and then stamped on vanilla card stock. The dots are done a chocolate chip marker and white gel pen.

Since it's really hard to glue acetate, the brads and photo corner punches are more than just part of the design. They are also how the acetate is anchored to the card stock behind it.

I used my horizontal slot punch for threading the ribbon through and then raised the image panel on foam tape.

stamps: inspired by nature
ink: ruby red, chocolate chip, always artichoke, only orange, summer sun, pumpkin pie
paper: ruby red, chocolate chip, very vanilla, groovy guava
other: acetate, white lumiere, stipple brush, artist palette, white gel pen, cuttlebug, cb floral fantasy embossing folder, photo corner punch, brads, piercing tool, horizontal slot punch, chocolate grosgrain ribbon, foam tape

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