It's PJ Party time over at Waltzingmouse stamps, and I've been having a blast with a couple of the challenges! That's what I love about this party. Claire comes up with awesome challenges, and a sketch, and it gets the creative juices a flowin'....
For my first card, I decided to try my hand at the Texturise It Challenge. The challenge is to emboss without an embossing folder. In fact, I thought it would be fun to use the new Waltzingmouse Folk Art Snowflake die to create my embossed focal point. Here's a photo tutorial on how I achieved the embossed look.
I LOVE my new Distress Spray Stains (Ranger), and wanted to create a watercolor background with them. So I took a piece of watercolor paper and spritzed it with water; coating it pretty good. I then sprayed 4 different stains in this order: Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and lastly Brushed Pewter. The background in this photo is an all important tool I use to make sure my spray doesn't get anywhere else except on my paper....that would be a cardboard box. :)
Next, I wanted the snowflake to be "raised" on the watercolor side, so I placed the Folk Art Snowflake die on the back of my stained paper, laid it on my Spellbinders embsossing mat and ran it through my Grand Calibur.
I love the effect on its own, but I wanted my flake to pop a bit more, so I took a sanding block and sanded the embossed flake while it was still in the die so it kept it's shape.
See how it just pops off the paper now? And it feels super soft too from the watercolor paper fibers being sanded. I just want to keep rubbing my fingers over the embossed image because I love the texture so much.
For my card I diecut the image with a Standard Circle die (Spellbinders) and went a step further and added glitter to the whole flake by using a Quickie Glue Pen and some irridescent glitter (Hero Arts). Lastly, I added another snowflake center using WMS's Snowflake Two die, and again, some glitter and a Rhinestone. The sentiment is from the set Compliments of the Season Two.
After creating my photo tutorial, I wanted to do something with the Folk Art Flake alone, without the glitter and diecutting, so I created another card. This Folk Art Snowflake has such beautiful details, it deserves to be featured!
For the sentiment strip along the bottom, I used Perfect Pearls and stamped a sentiment from the Seasonal Flourish set over it. To set it all, I clear embossed over the whole strip. I LOVE the shiny effect I ended up with.
Okay, the PJ Party has an Old Pajama challenge each month too, and this month the Yonder Star stamp set is being featured. I thought it would be fun to create a cozy framed piece, by creating a background using the images with a sentiment from this set, and mounting it on a burlap background.
Here you can see the background a bit closer. It's a challenge to photograph in the shadowbox, but hopefully you can see all the details well enough here.
Okay...if you made it this far, I'm impressed. This was an incredibly long post...especially for me. But I wanted to share with you how I created my Embossed Snowflake. It's such a gorgeous die with so many possibilities!!
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart for visiting and for all the encouragement you provide. I love creating and feel blessed to be able to create with Claire's images. And if I can provide a bit of inspiration, it just warms my heart to the core.
Happy, Happy Stamping my friends!!
Embossed Snowflake Circle Card
Stamps: Compliments of the Season Two (Waltzingmouse)
Paper: Watercolor and Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink: Smokey Gray (Versafine)
Accessories: Folk Art Snowflake and Snowflake Two dies (Waltzingmouse), Circle Frame and Elements die (Marianne Designs), Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Stains (Ranger), Sanding Block, Quickie Glue Pen, Irridescent Glitter (Hero Arts), Rhinestones
Embossed Perfect Pearl Snowflake Card
Stamps: Seasonal Flourish (Waltzingmouse)
Paper: Watercolor, Black and Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink: Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories: Folk Art Snowflake die (Waltzingmouse), Persian Accents die (Spellbinders), Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Staines (Ranger), Filigree Silver Corners (Funky Junky), Perfect Pearls, Rhinestones
Peace Be With You Framed Piece
Stamps: Yonder Star (Waltzingmouse)
Paper: Kraft and Black (PTI)
Paper: Kraft and Black (PTI)
Ink: Vintage Cream (PTI), Brick Red (VersaMagic), Smokey Gray (Versafine), Vintage Photo and Black Soot (Ranger Distress)
Accessories: Grand Labels One and Standard Square dies (Spellbinders), Burlap (Canvas Corp), Shadow Box Frame, Dimensional Tape