Monday, April 22, 2013

Fun Times With Pat J.

Last week I got together with my friend Pat for a stamping day, including lunch, show and tell and a trip to Spring Hill to see a new stamp store.  Lunch and the store were okay, but the time stamping with Pat was the highlight.  She showed me two techniques (actually had done them so long ago I forgot) and got me started on being able to do them myself. 

First was a gorgeous stenciling technique with gold leaf.  The stencil was filled with gold embossing paste and after it had dried a bit, gold leaf was pressed into it.  Here’s two of her samples, one on black with the gold leaf and one on gold with white:

Bare trees Bare Trees white on gold

Here’s the one I started working on, showing the paste, offset spatula and brush.  All the gold leaf hasn’t been brushed off, yet.

Bare Trees Technique

Here’s the stencil.  I liked this so much, I have the paste and the stencil ordered.

Bare Trees stencil

The other technique is one I saw the first time at a class at Priceless.  It uses silhouette stickers and ultra-fine glitter.  The class I took used different colors of glitter, which I didn’t get into it then.  The glitter is expensive.  Pat used white glitter and colored in the silhouettes with Copics.  Here’s a few of her cards.  Gorgeous.

Glitter leaves 2 Glitter bird

These next two use the same sticker design, one gold, one black, and they’re colored differently. Love them both.  I’ve bought what I need to do this technique myself.  This is much prettier in real life.

Glitter flowers 2 Glitter flowers

Here’s some other cards Pat showed me and she gave me the first two.  The first one uses a different fold and herringbone embossing folder and . . .

Birthday fold

this one uses a window die and Lovely as a Tree.  The black layer is actually shiny gold and very classy.  Going to make some of these. 

Window Sympathy

On the left, these flutters make a very simple card and on the right, the flutters are colored and layered on rounded squares.  Very cool.

Butterflies Flutters on tiles

This card is gorgeously colored with tiny punched butterflies for embellishments. I think this was white on gold, again, not black.  Hard to tell. Pretty, either way.


We’re going to play again soon with embossing folders and my Big Shot.  Thanks, Pat, for letting me post these cards.  Thanks for stopping by.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

April Creative Images Meeting

We had six members at last night’s meeting, but only four exchange cards.  Jeannie brought a guest, Phyllis, someone I’ve known almost 9 years, though we hadn’t seen each other in years.  Jeannie sent me and Therese an e-mail that Phyllis would be there, or we would’ve just looked at each other wondering where we knew each other from.  Nice lady.  Hope she joins us. Phyllis is a total newby to stamping!

Our exchange card theme this month was “Embossing,” and everyone did at least some on their cards.  Our project, since Herman is no longer with us, was to make new name tags.  First up, the cards.  Pam’s card is in black and white, a flower shop, with the honeycomb embossing folder at the bottom, sponged for contrast. 


Ella used a different embossing technique, embossing green glitter for the flower sprays.  She fussy cut the little girl for a lovely focus point.


My card also used the honeycomb embossing folder.  I sanded it lightly to reveal the white core of the cardstock.  I ran some brown and peach CS and a piece of the bee paper through the folder, too, then cut out little hexagons to attach to the honeycomb.  Sounds tedious, but kind of like piecing on a quilt.  I’ve always liked fussy cutting, too.


Jeannie didn’t know which embossing we were supposed to do, so she did both.  She used the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder on the white CS and gold embossing on the butterfly.  Ribbon and feathers and ric rac finished it off nicely.


I was the only one there last night that needed and/or  wanted to make a new name tag, so here I am with Phyllis and my new tag.

Kathy and Phyllis

Here’s a close up.  Yes, that’s a cute little beaver  and pinecone stickers, three layers on each.  They were given to me months ago by Wanda and I kept track of them enough to finally use them.  I had die cut the letters off mirror gold CS with an alphabet set given to me years ago by my Aussie Buddy, Tracy.  I got pearls and glitter CS from Therese.  Everyone enjoyed watching me put it together and I got feedback as I worked along.  It fits perfectly into a plastic badge holder.


That’s it for this month’s meeting.  Thanks for stopping by.

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