What Did Not Work

I have this paste for adding foiling to projects called Tacky-when-dry. It works great through stencils and with glitter flakes but I wanted to see if I could use it with stamps to add foiling. Could not find any advice on the internet for how to accomplish this so I tried positioning stamps in the MISTI then added the paste with a stencil brush and stamped the stuff to white copy paper. Once dry I pressed the foil to the paste and not much stuck, enough to see the outline but not what I was aiming for. Plan B: re-stamp in black ink and call the gold a drop shadow. After adding heat embossed chunky white for snow then white paint splatter I die cut with cutout along sides and added to red mat layer. I then added the foil with double sided thin tape to the top and bottom to complete this one. All is on white cs base. Just because it did not work for what I had in my head does not mean it was not worth saving, and I may even do it again on purpose. There is a good reason that I could not find any one using the product in this way, it does not work.

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New BG Stamp

Oh what joy to open the box and see the new toys to play with. I snagged this bg stamp at Cyber Monday and after stamping in black ink I colored the images with water color pencils and a water brush. Yellow coloring is a marker and added details with colored pen in red. Matted on red cs then white cs base for a CAS look. Even stayed away from sentiment and splatter. I know SHOCKING. I did dry emboss with linen fabric and die cut then embossed for slight frame on piece.

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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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