Autumn Accents is so Wonderfall

rrbc22Hello, Stampers! Does anyone else feel like it’s been a very fast August this year? WOW! We are on the home stretch to college this weekend. It’s already starting to hit me. I am so glad that I have you all as a wonderful stamping community to keep me company though. I have been raising kids for 36 years – my entire adult life really. I don’t really know what I will do with myself, but my stamping should be good therapy — right?! I haven’t done much lately, that’s for sure. But last week we had some unseasonably cool weather and it really made me think about Fall coming. Then, I remembered about the Big Shot Bigz die, Autumn Accents and its coordinating stamp set, Wonderfall. I thought it would be a great bundle to use with my side step card. You can use what I did OR you might also use the new bundle from the new Holiday Catalog (and you know you can order from it today, right?!).

Autumn Accents, Wonderfall, Side Step Card

I meshed old product with current product and you might notice some non-SU items as well (oops!). New stuff includes the In Color Envelope Paper that is such a great weight for layering, and the Into the Wood Elements. I love Mossy Meadow with Tip Top Taupe! Leaves were made using those two colors (the trick to using a Bigz die is to cut THEN stamp) plus Daffodil Delight and Calypso Coral. This card went together quite nicely with just a little embellishing and it was ready for the season in no time!

I hope you’ll stop by and check out the rest of the Design Team inspiration over at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog. Please get your much loved older stamps out and play along! We would love for you to join us before the challenge closes on Friday, September 11th.

So, I hope you liked my card today! If you did, please take a minute and leave me a comment! I love hearing from you! And while you are at it, please sign up for email notifications (usually no  more than 2-3 per week) and also “like” my Facebook page (I don’t flood your Newsfeed either). Ready to shop with Secret Stamper?  I offer prompt customer service when you shop online with me. AND you can earn FREE stamps with my Secret Stamper Rewards Program. Learn more HERE. And don’t forget to look at the new Weekly Deals! Just click my Shop button to go straight to my 24/7 Online Store. Below are the products used for today’s project.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at Debbie@SecretStamper.com any time. Thanks for coming to my blog today! Until next time,

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Emerging Colors are Awesomely Artistic

Awesomely Artistic, Happy Birthday Everybody, Easel CardThis card was made after I found a technique called Emerging Colors on Leena Girsa’s blog. She made some beautiful cards and thought I wanted to play with this technique. The stamp set, Awesomely Artistic, had come to mind so I wanted to try it out.

I haven’t had any time to really call my own lately. There seems to be too much to do and not nearly enough time to do it. The card that I am showing you today was started last Sunday when I should not have been stamping (shhh – that’s a secret, ok?) but I was trying to recover from a really busy few days and needed time in my little corner of the house. The funny thing is that nothing I did worked out. I attempted the front of this card three times because I couldn’t get the embossing right. Then I kept cutting the other layers incorrectly. But I kept plugging along and got the card front done – but then guess what happened? The original design was using Night of Navy as the card base, but because I had goofed up the dimensions so much the card base would have needed to be over 12″. So, I decided to make it an easel card. Of course, I wasn’t able to finish the card till yesterday, which is probably better I waited anyway. All in all, I like how the card turned out though but hope to try this technique again when life slows down a little.

Here’s some tips and instructions:

  • Color your cardstock with your choice of colors, two to three colors should be enough. I Awesomely Artistic, Happy Birthday Everybody, Easel Card, embossing backgroundtried sponging on the colors in circles but I like the stripes of colors better. Choose your colors on the lighter side. My original colors were Pool Party, Marina Mist, and Island Indigo and the last two were very difficult to color over.
  • Now, choose your stamps that you want to use. This technique looks great with stamps that are more solid. If you own one, use your embossing buddy before stamping with the VersaMark. Because you are embossing with clear embossing powder, it is very important to get a good thick coat on your stamp. You won’t know that you didn’t until you are trying to go over it with your dark color. Once you are done stamping, heat emboss with the clear emboss powder which will allow your colors to show through.
  • Now, sponge or brayer your dark color over the entire cardstock. Use whatever color you choose, Early Espresso also looks great. I only added one layer of Night of Navy because I really liked the more mottled look but you can go for a darker tone if you choose. Once you are satisfied, use a paper towel or tissue to wipe off any ink from the embossed images. Once you are happy with the results and everything is dry, you can finish your card.

This is my first but definitely not my last attempt with the Emerging Color technique. Are you going to give it a go? Why don’t you let me know in a comment?!

So, I hope you liked my card today! Ready to shop with Secret Stamper?  I offer prompt customer service when you shop online with me. AND you can earn FREE stamps with my Secret Stamper Rewards Program. Learn more HERE. And don’t forget to look at the new Weekly Deals! Just click my Shop button to go straight to my 24/7 Online Store. Below are the products used for today’s project.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at Debbie@SecretStamper.com any time. Thanks for coming to my blog today! Until next time,

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