New Technique

I love playing around with ideas that are mulling in my head. They are usually inspired by others but I am always piggybacking with another dimension. This center image is such a concept. Watched video where designer embossed black cs. I wanted to try using homemade cs. I ran white layering weight cs through dry embossing folder then painted black gesso over entire piece. Ran that through again to remove brush marks and intensive embossing. Next, I added Platinum Modeling Paste with sponge then placed behind red frame on white cs base. For the embossed images on the frame, I dry embossed white copy paper then outlined and colored black from the de-boss side the images I wanted to cut out. After scanning these images I uploaded as jpeg’s to Silhouette and after using trace option I could then die cut them. It was very fun and rewarding to have them fit perfectly back into the embossing folder to be dry embossed. They are so small that the embossed side and the de-boss sides are not that noticeable so I can use mirror images and still have the effect of similar images to scale with embossing. Sentiment was a Black Friday find of script stamped sentiments. I scanned the image sheet that came with the stamps and used the Silhouette software to first trace then outline so I could cut mat layers for all the sentiments. After cutting out in white cs, I stamped the words in black ink then mounted the piece just on frame decorative images so it kind of floats.

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Elk Holiday Greetings

My soon to be 90 year old mother is in the mode of getting ready to downsize so over Thanksgiving she gifted to me two bags of goodies. In one was this elk stamp in red rubber. I have seen so many wreath creations this season that I decided to give one a whirl. The twigs are a stamp cut from fun foam of a die. They are stamped in brown, Kraft and off stamped in both colors. Elk was stamped in brown ink and highlighted in black and white pens. After sponging the red then adding splatter with acrylic paint in red and brown (did not have brown so mixed red and green and got a great brown) I went back and stamped in brown some pine cones and dots for berries in red Posca pen. Trimmed the piece to match the Kraft cs mat then mounted on white cs base. Cut the red frame in red cs as well as the sentiment mat layer. Stamped sentiment with clear ink and heat set with white enamel on brown cs.

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Shimmer of Snow

We have 3″ of fresh snow and I wanted to create something that has that shimmer. I dry embossed this design with copy paper then highlighted the embossed side with silver acrylic paint on a make up sponge. Once dry it got trimmed to size then smeared with clear gesso. It gave it the perfect shimmer and heft to the copy paper. PP strip is left over from the previous post and sentiment was cut on the Silhouette. I am loving using my Xyron machine to add adhesive to the fine die cut and running it through the embossing machine with the rubber mat and lightest of pressure Sure insures that there is only adhesive on the back of the words and NO spider webbing. Plus the backing peels easier. I find if I peel the backing half way lengthwise then press back down then do that again on the other direction but leave half of the sticky word revealed it is easy to place straight and then remove the rest of the backing. It is an old trick from learning how to hang wall paper.

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Thankful in Plum

While I had the previous image still in the Silhouette, after turning the green to plum, I played with the contrast-brightness-saturation levels and lights became brights. Now all the plaids I have created at the Tartan Maker can be played with to so many variations. For this card I trimmed the plaid to fit on white cs base. My center piece is plum cs dry embossed with a folder then black ink swiped across the de-boss side and lastly heat embossed with black powder. Trimmed down to have a white reveal of the cs base then added sentiment and mat layer that had been cut on the Silhouette.

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Playing with Plaid

I selected this plaid at the Silhouette store for free using my reward points. Only thing was it came in shades of green and I wanted to see what other colors I could get using the Silhouette software. By selecting the plaid image then opening the Image Effects window then Colorize and sliding Hue scale the color choices were amazing. I printed this selection in a plum shade then added freehand cross lines with a gold Posca Pen and black fine marker. Mat layered on white cs base then added the orange bg piece. It was on a card that I got attached crooked so removed and trimmed down. The new size got the edges framed in gold by using a straight edge with a very thin reveal and dragging the Posca Pen along each edge. Because the backing was in shreds I used the sticker station to add adhesive to the back. Learned a trick the other day to get the adhesive not to leave webs along the edges, I ran it through my embossing machine like I was embossing a thin die cut. For my machine that meant the base plate then my image in the sticker sandwich next came the embossing mat and last the embossing shim. Did not feel like much pressure but sure did the trick to get adhesive only on the back of the piece. Can not wait to try this on a more intricate die.

This is a jpeg of the image that I started with in my Silhouette.

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