Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Fun with Embossing Paste

I am officially an empty nester now.  We moved my youngest son to college 2 weeks ago. It's been very quiet around the house!  But on the bright side, I had time on Saturday to just sit & create.  It had been awhile since I took time to do that - it was so fun & relaxing.  I decided to play with my embossing paste.  I'd made 1 or 2 cards with it before.  This time I decided to try some new techniques.

Here's a photo of the tools I used:
Aren't those masks fun?!  I decided I wanted to make something with each one.

Here's the background I made using the clouds mask:
This was made using the embossing paste just as it comes out of the jar. I used a die cut oval in the middle to keep the clouds just on the outside. I knew I wanted to use the flying pig from the This Little Piggy set.  Here's the card I ended up with:
I stamped a few clouds in Soft Sky to go with my flying pig. The pig stamp has a saying at the bottom of it that I didn't want on this card.  So I put a piece of scotch tape over the saying when I inked up the stamp.  Just be sure you remove the tape before stamping on your paper! 

This background was also made with the embossing paste as it came out of the jar. But this time I put it on one of the gorgeous wood Designer Series papers:
I didn't want to cover up much of this beautiful design. So I used the cat punch from the new Holiday Catalog (available Sept 1st). I punched it out of Shimmery White card stock and colored it with an aqua painter to look like a Siamese - simple but elegant:

Then I decided to try coloring the embossing paste. I took a little bit and put it on my Silicone sheet and added a drop of Pumpkin Pie reinker:
I made this background and one that covered the whole piece of card stock.  This is the card I created with the piece that was fully covered:
This uses some new dies from the 2017 Holiday Catalog.  I just love this pumpkin die!

I've been wanting to try this next technique with the embossing paste.  For this one I used the brick mask.  Right after applying the embossing paste (after removing the mask), I sprinkled copper embossing powder on it.  I set it aside & let it dry for a little bit before heating it.  I didn't get a picture of the background by itself but this is the card I created:
I think this is my favorite!  I also used one of my favorite new sets - Painted Harvest.

I had so much fun spending the afternoon playing!  I need to make sure I do that more often.  I just got another fun bundle today from the Holiday Catalog.  I'll have more to share with you next week!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

This Little Piggy

Just a quick post to share one of my favorite stamp sets from the new catalog.  We got to see this set in action at On Stage in April.  While everyone else was picturing cute, pink pigs - all we could see were red Razorbacks!

So of course we had to make some in card class last week.  These are the 2 cards we made:

The pigs were stamped with Archival Black on Shimmery White card stock.  Then we used an Aqua Painter to color them. You can find lots of cute examples with this set on Pinterest. Let me know if you'd like to add these cute hogs to your stampin' stash!