A few new things

Once I had used the circle stencil with embossing paste on white layering weight cs, I sprayed it with yellow shimmer. Cut a piece of ink pad replacement foam and sponged on the orange, brown and a dark red. Had heard that this was a good way to add color and not worry about the sponge getting fouled. Worked quite well and the piece of pad actually cleaned up and can be reused. The black spray is a new product to me: dylusions ink spray in black marble. It sprays in many shades of black and adds drops in many sizes. I like to cut lots of different things to keep on hand with the Silhouette. This is a new cut of pine cone and I really like it. Stamped the squares, swishes and sentiment in black and mounted on white cs base. This is for a sweet neighbor that gifted us with a blueberry pie for Thanksgiving.

Let It Snow

Challenges
Little Red Wagon: Let It Snow
Sweet Stampin: Blue & White

Fresh snow outside and fresh cut snowflakes on the Silhouette were my inspiration. And then the folks at Little Red Wagon just happen to have a challenge about snow. This was a single layer that started as practice for the linked final one. Was not doing it for me but had not actually thrown it away yet, so I added dark blue frames, glittery snowflake cutouts and mounted on white cs base. Always interesting how something destined for the trash finds new life with more embellishments.

Just a couple more

Challenge
CAS Colours & Sketches: Sketch

This is my next to last card using my new toy of embossing paste. This one was white paste over stencil on white layering weight cs. Once dry I sponged black ink then lightly scraped versa mark over and added heat embossed silver. Tag is hand cut with white and dark gray layers, stamped in black ink and tiny dots of silver pen added then mounted on white cs base. Photo looks like b&w but it really it is color. The paste dried fast, took the ink very well, heat embossed with no bubbling and does not appear that it will break, crack or flake off. YEA!

Here is the same card with a white backdrop.

Still looks b&w but now the silver pen shows a little more. These are some really old red rubber stamps and they sure stamp nice clean and crisp. Am cleaning with 90% alcohol and it sure is not causing any seen damage to rubber or clear.

Laid it down thick

Challenges
The Paper Players: Sketch
Make My Monday: Vellum

This started as white layering weight cs that got a stencil and extra thick homemade embossing paste added. Once dry (30 minutes) I dry brushed gold acrylic paint then cut to size. Layered on top a strip of black scrap with happy sentiment heat embossed in white and a strip of clear vellum that has the Silhouette cut sentiment attached. The whole thing was then layered on white cs base. Gem was added to fit challenge.

Tip: My favorite white cs is Accent Opaque Thick Cardstock. I get it in the 80 lb. and 120 lb. The lighter weight cuts beautifully in my Silhouette and the heaver makes gorgeous bases (no cracking at creases). The lighter is about $12 for 250 sheets and the heavy under $20 for 150 sheets. I did get in a small quantity of the Neenah Classic Crest, that everyone raves about, just to compare. I must say I like the slightly heaver Accent Opaque. It is a cleaner white. Plus this way I know my weights match in their whiteness. Not to mention the Neenah Classic Crest 110 lb was 25 sheets for $10, you do the math.

Vellum w/embossing paste

Challenges
Make My Monday: Vellum
Global Design Project: Color

Added homemade white embossing paste through stencil on clear vellum. Once dry, smooched through colorburst. Mopped up the rest of the color with white cs that became base. Flattened base and vellum by running through laminator. Attached vellum to base by running through xyron. Added stamped and fussy cut holly leaves to rest on top of Silhouette cut greenery and sentiment. The berries are punched, shaped then glued on from cs. Added gel pen dots in white on green leaves.

Tip: Heck ya the arrowroot works for embossing paste. Dries fast, cleans like a breeze and took the color without loosing shape or melting. Plus no smell (except now I am thinking about adding essential oil, maybe lavender). Recipe: 1/4 c. arrowroot, 2 t. acrylic white paint, 2 t. white glue and enough water to make paste. Next question, will it take to be colored and what with: water colors, reinkers or colorburst?