|Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper - HAH! for New Years!!|
The card base is Coastal Cabana, with the Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper star pattern, and a piece of the Window Sheets clear acrylic. I stamped the images on the acrylic with White Craft Ink and Black Staz On ink, Using the Project Life Day to Day Stamp Set and the Choose Happiness Set. the finishing touches include the 1/8" Gold Ribbon, Basic Jewels Rhinestones, and a few of the In Color Sequin Assortment. Don't you like the restraint I showed in my embellishments today? LOL
The Project Life Day to Day set is pretty amazing, I think it will be so useful to add personalized wedding and anniversary dates, custom birthday card dates and ages, to make neat planning notes and lists - maybe for my fancy planner I plan to try this new year! ;-) Anyhow, Useful!
For this card I used the January stamp with the accent dots and then added 2015. The nice thing about polymer stamps is the ease of placing them on the block in the arrangement you like, and then stamping all at once! Of course, they also make stamping multiple times to get a complex image easier too, but I kind of like the custom one-and-done technique.
|Stampin' on Acrylic for the clear inset window, colored with Blendabilities Markers|
Once it was heat embossed, I started at the top of January with the darkest Coastal Cabana Blendabilites Marker and just dabbed the color on. Then I quickly smeared the color down the letters with the tip of my finger. Yes. Smeared. Sorry to get all technical on ya! I did the same thing with the bottom of the year, smearing upwards. I used the Color Lifter Blendabilities Marker to remove any stray marks. Then I used the White Stampin' Chalk Marker to add a little density to the white parts. I used the color lifter to take any stray marks off from that process too! The Chalk Marker is permanent) For the center line of dots I probably could have left them white, but I dotted on some of the darkest Cabana too. I then colored in the leaves and swirls on the Choose Happiness stamp. I wasn't happy with the contrast, as I really wanted to emphasize the Choose Happiness part, so I added a Whisper White Artisan Label Punch behind the acrylic. I adhered it with glue dots in the leaves, tricky! You have to be clever with glue, as you can totally see it through the clear acrylic.
To finish off this center section - and OMG, was I finished yet?!?! - I lightly ran the tip of the lightest Coastal Cabana Blendabilities Marker on the edge of the Motley Monster Designer Series paper where the cut edge was a little too white in the scheme of the design. It was kind of cool how the paper absorbed the ink, but you might practice first on a scrap paper - the ink will bleed unexpectedly, which may or may notwork with your intended effect.
Whew!! Not the card I had set out to make. But I think it worked itself into a pretty new years card!
|Choose Happiness, in the new year and always! :-)|
These acrylic inset cards are interesting. I will definitely try again! Any tips for me?
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