Sponged Backgrounds

Definitely Dahlia Meets the Emboss Resist Technique Part 2

Emboss Resist TechniqueWow! 

That's what happens when the bold Definitely Dahlia stamp is paired with the Emboss Resist Technique!

(to see another idea using the Definitely Dahlia paired with the Emboss Resist Technique, please visit my post HERE)

For this card, I swiped my Embossing Buddy over the Whisper White card front.  I stamped the Definitely Dahlia using Versamark and then heat embossed it using my heat tool and white embossing powder.  I sponged Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral and Pumpkin Pie inks over the embossed images.  I then buffed the images with a paper towel, removing the ink and making the flowers pop.   The ink will resist where the images have been embossed.

I stamped the greeting from Another Thank You using Early Espresso ink after I heat embossed the flowers, but before sponging on the inks.  I wanted the greeting in place so I could lightly sponge around it. 

This card has a fall feel to it.  By switching up the colors, it could easily be made into a spring or summer themed card.

Definetly Dahlia and Emboss Resist Technique closeup

Stunning!

Emboss Resist Technique-the possibilities are endless!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Definitely Dahlia, Another Thank You

Ink: Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso, Versamark

Paper: Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Whisper White

Accessories: Embossing Buddy, heat tool, white embossing powder, sponge

 

Happy Stampin'!

Emboss Resist Technique Meets Definitely Dahlia

Emboss Resist Technique

Emboss Resist is one of my favorite stamping techniques. 

Easy to do and it provides that WOW factor!

Heat emboss images stamped with Versamark using white embossing powder and then sponge on different inks, buff off excess ink, and then you're left with an image that pops!

For more instructions, please visit my Dragonfly Dreams Emboss Resist card here

For this emboss resist card, I used the bold stamp Definitely Dahlia.  The colors sponged on were Island Indigo, Cucumber Crush, and Wisteria Wonder. 

Emboss Resist Technique close up

You can really see the added interest in texture that the embossing brings to the card.

The greeting was stamped onto a piece of Whisper White card stock in Island Indigo ink and then lightly sponged with Cucumber Crush to soften the look.  It was matted with Island Indigo and popped up using Dimensionals.

I hope you'll give the Emboss Resist Technique a try.  Please share your results!

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Definitely Dahlia, Thank You Kindley

Ink: Island Indigo, Cucumber Crush, Wisteria Wonder, Versamark

Paper: Island Indigo, Whisper White

Accessories: Embossing Buddy, heat tool, white embossing powder, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Crafting With Paint Chips-Sponged Cloudy Background Technique

Paint Chip Lift Me UpOne of my favorite things is to use paint chips in my crafting. For this card, I combined paint chips to make a colorful backing for the hot air balloon found in the Up & Away Thinlits die from Stampin' Up!

And to complete the card I created a sky background using the sponged Cloudy Background Technique.

 The color behind the balloon is regular paint chips that you can find in any home improvement store.  I love the paint chip displays of all the colors and color combinations. 

Easy inspiration for sure!

See my other Paint Chip Creations HERE

On a recent trip to our local home improvement store, I made a stop in the paint department and picked up these paint chips:

Lift Me Up paint chips

I pieced them together to create the backing for the balloon using the various pieces of the Up & Away Thinlits Dies:

  Lift Me Up Paint Chip backing

I attached the pieces to the back of the Whisper White detailed balloon using my Fine Tip Glue.

For the background, I used the Cloudy Background Technique on my Soft Sky card base by sponging on Marina Mist, Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant inks around my "cloud" template.

This is a template I made several years ago using the Big Shot, Large Circle Scallop Die (cut out of light-weight cardboard), and Scallop Circle Punch.  I secured several smaller scalloped circles to the larger circle using tape.  I reuse this template often and keep it as part of my permanent crafting stash.

For more details, please view my Cloudy Background video tutorial HERE

Cloudy Sky Background Template

The popped up clouds were also cut out of the paint chips using the Up & Away Thinlits Dies.

Paint Chip Clouds

The greeting from Lift Me Up was stamped on the card front using Elegant Eggplant ink, and candy dots were added to the balloon to complete the card.

Lift Me Up Cloudy Skies Background

Next time you're in a home improvement store, be sure to make a stop in the paint department.  Displays and displays of paint chips are waiting to inspire you.

The possibilities are endless!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Lift Me Up (purchase the Lift Me Up Bundle and save 10%)

Ink: Marina Mist, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant

Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Soft Sky, Whisper White

Accessories: paint chips, Big Shot, Up & Away Thinlits Dies, Fine Tip Glue, sponge, Candy Dots, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Lovely as a Tree-Masked and Sponged Background

We were fooled again! 

We thought spring had arrived here in the mountains of southern Colorado.  After a few days of warmth and sunshine, we are now experiencing cool, misty/rainy/snowy weather. 

This card reminds me of the scenery as I look out my living room window. 

Wintery  looking!

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To create this card, I first created a mask for the moon by punching out a post-it-note using my 1 3/4" circle punch.  I laid the circle mask on my Very Vanilla card front and sponged around it using Soft Suede ink.  I then removed the mask.  I stamped the pine trees from the stamp set Lovely as a Tree using Soft Suede ink, first at full strength and then again without reinking. I then stamped the trees again using Black Archival ink, again at full strength, then again without reinking.  I added a torn strip of Soft Suede card stock to the bottom and tied on a piece of  Black Baker's Twine.

Easy, easy!

Other supplies: post-it-note

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Chalkboard Bokeh-Nacho Average Sketch Challenge #135

This week, we have a sketch challenge over at the Nacho Average challenge site.

Here's my contribution:

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For some reason, I really struggled with this sketch.  I just couldn't seem to get the two horizontal strips of paper to look right.  Everything I did just seemed forced.  So, I took another route.  I let the placement of the words satisfy the placement on the sketch. 

For this card, I did the Bokeh technique using white craft ink and the ColorBox Chalk Ink pads found in the Occasions Catalog.  The Bokeh technique is one of my all-time favorites, and I love the mix of colors and ink on this card. 

I first made a circles template out of card stock using my 1" and 1 1/4" circle punches.  Then, I stenciled in the circles on chalkboard paper using a sponge dauber and white craft ink.  I then used sponge daubers without the stencil to fill in the spaces using the chalk and white craft inks. While the inks were still wet, I heat embossed them with clear embossing powder.  I was afraid the chalk inks would fade a little, and I wanted the colors to stay bright.  The greeting is Wish Big from a My Paper Pumpkin kit.  It was stamped on a piece of window sheet using white Stazon ink. 

Here is the original sketch:

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Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entries to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Wish Big

Ink: White craft, white Stazon, Aquamarine, Rose Coral and Yellow Citrus ColorBox Chalk Ink

Paper: So Saffron, Basic Black, Chalkboard Paper

Accessories: Circles template: 1", 1 1/4" circle punches, sponge daubers, window sheet, heat tool, clear embossing powder

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Watercolor Poppies

Here's a little different take on my Masked Pleasant Poppies card posted HERE.

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This card was my swap card for a recent Stamp Club.  Our Hostess wanted the theme to be "flowers with a touch of bling!" 

I used the same technique for my Masked Pleasant Poppies card, but with a change of colors.  I also used watercolor paper instead of regular card stock.

I started by making a square mask out of a piece of computer paper using the Big Shot and a square framelit. I placed the mask on my watercolor paper card front, securing it with a little bit of temporary adhesive.  I then stamped the Pleasant Poppies and the speckles from Gorgeous Grunge using Versamark and heat embossed using Early Espresso embossing powder.  Once embossed, I simply added the colors Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Crisp Cantaloupe, Marina Mist, Soft Sky and Gumball Green using an Aqua Painter.  After a little blending, I removed the mask and stamped the greeting.  I also added a butterfly punched out of Champagne Glimmer paper for the touch of bling in the swap theme!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Pleasant Poppies, Teeny Tiny wishes, Gorgeous Grunge

Ink: Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Crisp Cantaloupe, Marina Mist, Soft Sky, Gumball Green, Versamark

Paper: Marina Mist, Champagne Glimmer and watercolor paper

Accessories: Aqua Painter, heat tool, Early Espresso embossing powder, Big Shot, Squares Framelits, Bitty Butterly punch, Mini Glue Dot

Happy Stampin'!

Masked Pleasant Poppies-Nacho Average Color Challenge #94

We have a soft and cool color challenge this week over at the Nacho Average challenge site:

Pistachio Pudding, Island Indigo and Pool Party

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Here's my contribution:

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For this card, I started by making a square mask out of a piece of computer paper using the Big Shot and a square framelit. I placed the mask on my card front, securing it with a little bit of temporary adhesive.  I then stamped the Pleasant Poppies using Versamark and heat embossed using Early Espresso embossing powder.  Once embossed, I simply sponged on the challenge colors of Pistachio Pudding, Pool Party and Island Indigo.  After a little blending, I removed the mask and stamped the greeting.  This card was inspired by our bright blue skies and sunny days here in southern Colorado!

Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entries to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Pleasant Poppies, Sincere Salutations

Ink: Pistachio Pudding, Island Indigo, Pool Party, Early Espresso, Versamark

Paper: Pool Party, Whisper White

Accessories: Embossing Buddy, heat tool, Early Espresso embossing powder, Big Shot, Squares Framelits, sponges, Dotto temporary adhesive, computer paper

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Sponged Background-Serene Silhouettes Nacho Average Color Challenge #84

Marina Mist, Sahara Sand and Perfect Plum are our colors for this week's Nacho Average Color Challenge.

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Here's my contribution:

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For this card, I first stamped the bird image on a piece of Whisper White card stock using Versamark and then heat embossed it using black embossing powder.  I then sponged on the sky background using Marina Mist and Perfect Plum inks and sponge daubers.  Easy technique with a WOW effect!

Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entry to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

Stamp Sets: Serene Silhouettes, Thank You Kindly

Ink: Versamark, Marina Mist, Perfect Plum

Paper: Sahara Sand, Marina Mist, Whisper White

Accessories: Embossing Buddy, heat tool, black embossing powder, sponge daubers

 

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