Sunday, June 28, 2009

Sundays are for Stampin'

This is my first Sunday post for Queen Kat Designs, so I hope my card meets with your approval =)

I am not a person who can resist the fairies that QKD sells, and the only thing better than the fairies is the fact that they're on sale until tomorrow, at 35% off!! Go snag some fairy magic for yourself!

I used a bit of a different technique on this card, and amusingly it was completely accidental. I grabbed a ClearSnap Sienna dye ink pad rather than a pigment pad, and although I had everything prepared, that dye ink dried within seconds, so none of my clear embossing powder stuck. Given that I had this card in mind for a Sunday post, I decided it would be in bad taste to actually curse my luck, but rather I asked my Maker if He could bless me with a different plan. Ask and ye shall receive. Suddenly I remembered that I'd picked up one of the new Versamark Dazzle pads with shimmer to the watermark. Without cleaning the dye ink off my fairy stamp (it was as dry as the desert anyway), I pressed it once onto a Versamark Dazzle Frost pad, then stamped just a hair off-kilter from my original, dye-stamped image. After heat-embossing I was left with a perfectly embossed image with glittery shimmer to it! In the picture below what looks like maybe air pockets or divets is the glittery shimmer that is subtle and gorgeous in the 'right' light!

Since this card is a CASE of one I found on Amy Sheffer's blog, I wanted the same scoring on the background paper that Amy accomplished on her white background, BUT I don't own a Scor-Pal. I glanced over at my handy 12" Cutterpede cutter and noticed the measured grooves in it, and I thought HEY!! Why can't I use my dry-embossing tool and those grooves to get me some scores?! So that's what I did. I found it best to first score with the bigger 'ball' end of the tool, then for some added clarity gently press with the smaller 'ball' end, being ever so careful not to poke all the way through. It's not that I don't want a Scor-Pal, because I certainly do, but my finances often dictate that I establish work-arounds more often than not =)

Papers: Pure Luxury Cardstock, Gina K; Tres Jolie Chocolat, SEI; Bazzill Bling
Stamps: Willow Shimmer Fairy, Queen Kat Designs
Ink: Sienna Ancient Page, ClearSnap; Dazzle Frost watermark, Versamark
Dies: Classic Frame/Labels Three/Symbology, Nestabilities
Misc: half-pearls adhesive gems, K&Company

Thanks for reading my very first QKD post, and have an extremely blessed Sunday!


Tina said...

This is lovely, so much detail! So glad you were able to "make it work!"

Jacqueline said...



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