Clear Embossed Flowers with Botanical Builder Framelits

Clear Embossed Flowers with Botanical Builder Framelits

This card features colors inspired by Connie Collins of the Global Design Project and lots of embossing! The enamel on the Botanical Builders flowers is actually clear embossing powder, in a triple thick layer.

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Fruit Stand with Glimmer

Fruit and Glimmer

With a challenge calling for bling and Halloween just a few days away, I have been dying to use Pumpkin Pie glimmer paper. I thought it would be fun to pair it up with Blushing Bride glitter ribbon. Double glimmer, double the fun!

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Foxy Florals for Irresistible Friends

For the Love of Irresistibly Floral Paper

I have been loving Irresistibly Floral Paper from Stampin’ Up! It is white with embossed white flowers on it. It’s incredibly easy to add a little ink with a sponge and get gorgeous colorful backgrounds. It’s the perfect paper, because it can can be any color and can coordinate with anything!

In today’s card, I combined this new favorite paper with one of my all time favorite stamp sets: Foxy Friends. In doing so, I also tried out a new technique!  Continue reading “Foxy Florals for Irresistible Friends”

Let Us Sit Together

My card today is my first experiment into using the Bokeh technique. My first reaction when I heard about this was, “Huh? What’s that?”

Bokeh is based on a photography technique that is slightly out of focus and shows lights as blurry blobs. Sometimes only the background is blurry and the focal point is in focus. Other times the entire photo is blurry. Cool fact, the word comes from the Japanese word for “haze”. Here’s an example in photography:

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Photography Credit: Top Design Mag

Now that I know this effect exists, I also see it all the time in television shows. We’re watching Person of Interest currently and it seems like it is in almost every scene!

To create this effect in ink and paper, I started with a watercolor wash of Crushed Curry and Old Olive. While that was drying, I created a stencil by using circle dies to make some different sized circular holes in a piece of vellum. I inked up a sponge using a Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad and placed my vellum stencil over my watercolor washed paper. I used circular rubbing motions to apply the ink. I varied the amount of ink added; some circles had just a tiny bit of white added and some had more. I found it was easy to go overboard on the white! Bokeh effect, achieved!

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Next, I embossed my paper using a grass embossing folder by Darice. I was rather impatient, so my paper was still a tiny bit wet still at this point. This was actually helpful with embossing, because this was extra thick watercolor paper! A little bit of water goes a long way in making the paper slightly more flexible for deep textured embossing folders or extra thick papers. Once I had my grass embossed, I used another sponge to add some additional Crushed Curry to the grass so it would stand out.

My sentiment comes from the Balloon Celebration stamp set from Stampin’ Up! I think it is kind of wistful, which is a perfect match for this bokeh grass scene.

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Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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Materials:

Cardstock: Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: watercolor paper

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Whisper White Craft, Old Olive, Crushed Curry (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Balloon Celebration stamp set (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: sponge, vellum, circle dies, grass embossing folder by Darice