Cherish the Moment

Hi everyone,

I was inspired by the beautiful cards created by the Group of Seven Cardmakers, and tried my hand at the Stenciling over Heat Embossing technique.

Here's what I made:

I heat-embossed the background using a Balloon String background stamp with Clear Sparkle embossing powder, and then stenciled over it with a City Scene stencil and three blue distress oxide inks.

A lucky accident happened during the process. The Clear Sparkle embossigng powder has glitter, so when I stenciled over it, most of the glitter on the cityscape image came off. This unintentional effect worked well for the image I had in mind - a rainiy cityscape!

I hope you can see the sparkly rain in the sky in this picture:

I created a frame impression using a rectangular die and an embossing pad, and then I attached a foild sentiment strip to the front panel. 

I usually visit Tokyo in spring and fall, but I didn't make the trip this fall, which left me feeling a bit nostalgic.😢 Maybe that's why I picked up this cityscape stencill for this techniqe. 

Thanks for visiting me today!

Stamp: Balloon Strings (My Favorit Things)
Ink: Distress Oxide Ink (Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch - Ranger), VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Paper: Basic White, Basic Black (Stampin' Up!)
Others: Stencil (Sity Scene - Altenew), Embossing Powder (Clear Sparkle - Wow!), Glimmer Hot Foil Plate (Glitter Wishes - Spellbinders), Glimmer Foil (Prism - Spellbinders), Connect Glue (Gina K), Dies (Nested Frame Rectangle - Hero Arts), Embossing Pads (Spellbinders)


Violet Flowers

Hi everyone,

The Group of Seven Cardmakers recently shared a new technique, Dry Embossing with Re-inker Watercoloring. Since I didn't have suitable black pigment ink for the technique, I used white pigment ink instead. You can find detailed technique instructions for this technique on the Group of Seven website.

Here's what I've made:

I was aware that using white pigment might result in a grainy look on the watercolored surface, so I decided to take advantage of the effect and used "Masonry Wall" embossing folder for the background.

I felt the wall panel needed a bit more definition, so I added a very thin violet foil matte (although you can hardly see it) to the back of the panel and raised the entire panel with foam tape. The violet flowers were die-cut from a piece of white cardstock with a double-sided adhesive sheet attached to it. 

I'm excited to see how this technique will stretch the use of my embossing folders.

Thanks for visiting me today!😊

Ink: Distress Ink Reinker (Milled Lavender, Stormy Sky, Bundled Sage - Ranger), Pigment Ink (Unicorn White - Hero Arts)
Paper: Cold Press Watercolor Paper (Arches), Naturals White (Stampin' Up!), Metallic Confections (Lavender Foil - Tim Holtz)
Others: Embossing Folder (Mansory wall - Altenew), Dies (Violet Flower - Alexandra Renke), Double-sided Adhesive Sheets (Altenew), Connect Glue (Gina K), Foam Tape (3M)


Joyeux Noel

Hi everyone,

I was inspired by the wonderful cards on the Group of Seven Cardmakers blog to create a card using the ink-blending-with-water-lifting technique.

I blended 3 Distress Oxide Inks (Twisted Citron, Rustic Wilderness, Chipped Sapphire) and let it dry overnight, following the helpful tips from the GO7 cardmakers. I heat-embossed the image, and ink-lifted the trees. The sentiment was hot foiled on a piece of acetate, and glued onto the front panel. To add a bit of texture to the background, I debossed the diamonds pattern on the white panel.

And just like that, another Christmas card is done! 😊

Thanks for visiting me today! 

Stamp: Clean Line Christmas (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink: Distress Oxide (Twisted Citron, Rustic Wilderness, Chipped Sapphire - Ranger), VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Paper: Basic White (Stampin' Up!), Mixed Media Paper (White 140 lb. Strathmore)
Others: Embossing Powder (Detail White - Gina K), Glimmer Hot Foil Plate (Mini Christmas Sentitment Strips - Spellbinders), Glimmer Hot Foil (White - Spellbinders), Clear Acetate Sheets (Simon Says Stamp), Dies (Stitched Diamonds Coverplate - Pinkfresh Studio, Nested Frame Cuts Rectangle - Hero Arts), Connect Glue (Gina K)