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You know how sometimes, you see a card someone else has done and you just love it so much that you have to copy it almost exactly, detal for detail?   Well, that’s what happened with this lovely card.   I changed the color, but really almost nothing else from the original.  This technique is called Magic Snowflake – and the instructions for how to do it are on Julie Dinn’s Blog.  I loved this so much  that I did it for a shoebox swap.  Thanks Julie for sharing it with us!

Rich Razzleberry Magic Snowflake

Rich Razzleberry Magic Snowflake

So here’s the recipe for my version:

Stamps:  Serene Snowflakes, Snow Swirled

Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, White Gel Pen

Paper:  Glossy White, Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry,  Pale Plum Textured CS

Accessories:  My Way Punch, Clear Rhinestone Brads

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So convention is over.  I’m happily exhausted and leaving SLC to head home today.  I’m so ready to see my hubby and my four legged children!

Here’s another one of my convention swaps from this week – This one uses a technique called black magic.  I first saw this on Lynn Larson’s blog.  She has a great tutorial that shows all the steps for doing this technique.   I think I might like it better than pastel embossing!  It’s very easy and looks so impressive when you’re done.

Black Magic Flower Fancy

Black Magic Flower Fancy

For this card I used:

Paper:  Pale Plum, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Basic Black

Inks:  Rich Razzleberry, Watercolor Pencils, White Craf, White Gel Pen

Accessories:  Circle Fire Brads

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Tonight is the Stampin Addicts Meet and Greet after Convention is done for the day.  I’m so excited about the swapping that will be going on!   I’m in 2 organized swaps at this event.  I can’t wait to see what everyone else has done!

The first one is a WOW technique.  I showed you this technique before.   For this card, I used the pastel embossing technique with one of our new catalog sets, For All You Do.   Additionally,  I used one of our new DSP’s, Noveau Chic.    I love this paper!

Pastel Embossing Thank You Card

Pastel Embossing Thank You Card

Recipe:

Stamp Set-  For All You Do;  Paper – Apricot Appeal, Basic Black, Whisper White, Sage Shadow, Noveau Chic DSP; Ink – Pastels, Sage Shadow;  Accessories – 1/2 pearl from Pretties Kit, Scallop Oval Punch, Lg Oval Punch.

I’ll post my swap for the Christmas Card Swap on Sunday!   I’m outta time – gotta get to convention!

Dawnmarie

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Not too long ago, I discovered pastel embossing. I was looking for a technique to use in a technique book swap – it turned out so well!

Here’s the page from the technique book:

Technique book, full page

Technique book, full page

Here’s a close up of the pastel embossed image.

Pastel Embossed Soft Summer

Pastel Embossed Soft Summer

Don’t you think this would look great on a card?  Of course, I didn’t take a picture of the card I made with this technique!  But it’s quite stunning.

Want to accomplish this incredible look yourself?  Follow these instructions (modified from ones found on SCS).

  1. Rub Embossing Buddy all over the cardstock.
  2. Ink Stamp in Versamark and stamp onto dark cardstock.
  3. Pour white embossing powder over the stamped image and tap off excess.  Heat the image with the heat tool until fully melted.
  4. Once the image has cooled, use a blender pen to pick up the desired pastel colors.  Apply directly to the embossed image.  Start with the lightest color and work to the darkest.
  5. Try to avoid applying pastels to the cardstock that’s not embossed.  Continue adding colors till satisfied.
  6. In a well ventilated area, place the card stock on scratch paper, and lightly spray with matte finish acrylic sealer.  Two light coats will give better results than one.  Allow to dry.
  7. Finish your card.

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One of my fellow demo’s husband was in a car wreck this week and just had surgery yesterday.   I really wanted to make a card for her, so I decided to try out the ink and water watercolor technique with this lovely flower from the Morning Soft set.   This set is on the last chance list, so it’s only available until June 30th!

Morning Glory Card

Morning Glory Card

I really like how it turned out.

Recipe:

Card Stock:  Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss Textured, Pacifi Point, Shimmery White   Ink:  Kiwi kiss, Pacific Point, Versamark   Accessories:  White Embossing Powder   Stamp Sets:  Morning Soft, Thoughts and Prayers.

Wondering how to do the Ink and Water technique?  Read on for instructions.    Take the piece of SHIMMERY WHITE and using your VERSAMARK pad and your white embossing powder, emboss the rose on the card stock. You can also use White craft ink and clear embossing

powder to achieve the same end result.  Protect your work surface with something water repellant.  If you are doing this in class, waxed paper works too and is a much cheaper alternative, however, don’t leave it wet on top of good paper, it will seep through, so get rid of the wet paper from the worktables as soon

as possible. Squeeze out a couple of drops of reinker.  And you need a spritzer bottle.  Spritze your paper so that there are little puddles of water in each petal on the flower. Using your aqua painter, pick up a little bit of one of the reinker colors and just touch it into one of the areas, it will run where the water is, but the embossed image should keep it contained inside the petal.

If it does not, you have too much water.  Work your way around the flower with light and dark colors. You should have a folded piece of paper towel beside you to clean off your brush before changing colors.  Sometimes the color will escape and run out, just like painting outside the lines, don’t worry about it, you are going to cut it out anyway.  This will take about 10 minutes to dry

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