Monday, 9 January 2017

Loving Hearts

Hello everyone, I have two cards to share with you today using the same stamps, but varying the ideas to give two completely different looks.

For my first card,  I cut a piece of smooth card slightly smaller than my card blank. I stamped and embossed the large lacy border and the small heart image from the Harlequin Rose stamp set, using Versamark and clear embossing powder. I coloured the background using Twisted Citron, Salty Ocean, Shaded Lilac, Seedless Preserves and Picked Raspberry Distress Inks, blending them where they met, to create a graduated background.

To create a faux batik effect, I ironed the embossing powder off the card using some cheap copy paper underneath the iron to absorb the embossing powder, (remembering to turn off the steam!). I spritzed the background lightly with some water, to create a slightly mottled effect. I stamped the large 'love' from the Words of Love stamp set and added some cream seam binding before attaching the background to the card blank.

To create my second card, I used the same small heart image, and stamped it randomly onto a scrap piece of black card. This time, I used Rudolph's Red Nose embossing powder, for maximun impact. I added some red card as a matting layer behind the background before I attached it to a white card blank. I stamped the large 'love' using Lady Bug Memento ink.

The second card was a very quick card to make, it would qualify for our Fifteen Minute makes category on the Design Team blog! It would make a super Valentine's card for the man in your life, whereas the first card is much more feminine, with the vibrant colours. I hope that I have shown you how versatile these stamps can be. Thanks for stopping by, xx


scrAPpamondo said...

Two great inspirations and thanks for sharing the ironing technique, I have to try this!

Evelyn Browning said...

The sentiment script picks up superbly on the inner detail of the heart image. My favourite of these is the second - it's the CAS style that took my breath away & the contrast between all the elements: a real stunner with superb wow factor through the embossing & the beautifully positioned randomness of the hearts (if that's not a contradiction in terms. I can't get over how different these two samples are. The graded background with the Joseph's Coat technique in the first, as you say, is lovely & feminine but it's always nice to have something more masculine (even if as a woman I'm drawn to it) like the second.

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