Monday, October 13, 2008

More bling

Marelle Taylor Stampin' Up! AustraliaThis was the other card for my Sparkle and Shimmer class. This one has a more subtle shimmer to it. The Hydrangeas from 'Bloomin' with Beauty' have been stamped in Versamark and embossed with black powder. TIP: Make sure you use your embossing buddy for this, or you'll end up with specks of black powder everywhere! To colour in the image, I used a technique my upline, Angela Sargeant showed me. I used a plastic lid as a palette and mixed a teeny drop of Silver re-inker with some Classic re-inker (Really Rust for the pot, Lovely Lilac and Ballet Blue for the flowers, and Sage Shadow for the leaves). Make sure you only use a teeny drop of the silver, or you'll end up with armour-plated flowers! Then use a paintbrush (not an Aquapainter, because you don't want to add water for this technique) to colour in. Buff it with a cotton bud (q-tip) as you go, to get any excess ink off the embossing powder, and bring out the shimmer.
We did a couple of other Shimmery techniques on this card - faux Rhinestone brads (an eyelet with a drop of Crystal Effects in the centre) and we used some Crystal Effects sprinkled with glitter on the bee's wings, for a raised, glittery effect.

Stamps: Bloomin' with Beauty, Paisley background
Cardstock: Almost Amethyst, Lovely Lilac, Sage Shadow, Whisper White, Brushed Metallics (copper)
Ink: Versamark, Lovely Lilac, Re-inkers (Lovely Lilac, Ballet Blue, Sage Shadow, Really Rust)
Other: Vintage brads (copper), White Taffeta ribbon, Crop-a-dile, Crystal effects, Dimensionals


  1. Hi Marelle, thanks for sharing this idea from Angela (thanks Angela if you're reading). When you say use a cotton bud to get any excess ink/colour off the embossing powder, do you mean any excess ink off the raised, embossed image? I'm assuming you've embossed to make the colouring in within the lines easier? And to stop the ink bleeding all over the place. Is that right? Thanks for your time Marelle. Love KimT

  2. Beautiful card Marelle!



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