Monday, March 31, 2014

Sweet Stamps- Use a Die

It's another great challenge at Sweet Stamps .  Our challenge theme for this week is to Use a Die .

 I had to try something different with a die- embossing with a Foil (sticky back) Paper.......I always love to try new things.....
 I taped the die to the back of the foil with removable tape, then used a stump to trace- don't be afraid to press hard!  You can use the stylus tool to show the fine areas of the die- like the owls eye and body too- which I did at the end.
 Next, I placed the foil onto the embossing folder (ridge side up) and rubbed the stump over it.  I did not remove the backing before attaching to the card- so it would be a bit sturdier. I sanded the foil before attaching it. On colored foil, the base with show up just like sanding the Coordinations cardstock shows a core color.

 Ok- I also had some fun with dies and my Art Journal cover.

 I made something REALLY different for me. For the April/May Technique Junkies newsletter, we learned a technique for cards (inspired by Art Journals) called Textured Monochromes. I thought I would decorate the cover of my Art here goes!
 First, I painted the cover with Gesso, then with a light brown acrylic paint color. I picked brown as that is the color I figured the owl should be......  Next I cut the owl out of plain grungeboard. I attached it to the cover with  gel medium. I ripped a piece of cardstock and made it the branch under the owl- attached it with Gel medium.

I cut out the Mini Medallion die, and added modeling paste through it top left and again- just out of the picture on the right. I added a stencil with moon shapes- thinking it looked similar to the owls eyes.

On the far bottom, I added numerous roses- I cut off and saved some of the leaves from the Roses.

On the leaves- upper Rt and lower Lt, I used modeling paste thru leaves, and the other two and leaves from the roses pieced together.
 On the leaves- upper Rt and lower Lt, I used modeling paste thru leaves, and the other two and leaves from the roses pieced together.
 I added more color in layers, added some crackle paint and some sparkle spritz (Fairy Dust Creative Inspiration paint mixed with water).  Once I did that- forget taking a picture of this- the sheen changes the colors a tad.......  I added Brownie and Latte Shades die ink sponged on around the edges for a finishing touch. I also mixed some Brownie ink with Gesso, and used bubble wrap for more interest.
 I added a few ribbons to the edge- and will add more later- I am messy, so do not want to get paint and gesso all over it while playing.

Here are the Sweet Stamps products I used on my projects:

 I hope you will join in the challenge! Every entry qualifies you for a chance to win $20 of items from the store at Sweet Stamps, and if you use a Sweet Stamps image- you will receive an additional chance to win! The winner is chosen by so everyone has a chance to win!

  Here is a direct link to the Monthly Challenge as well- 3/15- 4/14 Inking Stamps with Markers . You have a chance to WIN- winners drawn by

Use your Stuff- Die Cuts
OSAAT- Anything Goes
Corrosive Challenge- Show Us Your Metal
Allsorts- Use those dies
Alphabet Challenge- D for Diecut
Challenges and Candies- Embossing
Cut it Up- AG with Die Cuts
Creative Knockouts- Texturize It

***Sweet Stamps also has a PINTREST page- HERE ***

Thanks for stopping by!


kiwimeskreations said...

Love these Shelly - the card is fabulous. That journal cover is worth all the effort - it is fantastic!!

Planetsusie said...

I love how you have been playing with your dies and the foil - this is really creative and looks so good. A great project.

Thank you so much for joining us over at the OSAAT challenge this week, lots of luck.

Hugs to you Sue Pxxx DT member

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

WOW! This is so rich looking! I am in awe!

Wendy L said...

Fab creation, thanks for joining us at Allsorts. xxxxx

Basslady said...

wow! this is so clever and stylish!

thanks so much for playing along with us at Alphabet-Challenge!

Hugs and kisses from germany,
silvi xoxo

Nazeema Calypso Thompson said...

AMAZING!!!! Love the the foil traced image!!! I have only seen this done once and I really love the look of both of your creations. Hope you are having a great week.

Anne Temple said...

Great projects. Love how you embossed the foil with the dies.

Terry said...

Great projects, Shelly! Love the vintage feel and colors and yes, that cover is amazing! Enjoy!

Isbaha said...

Very interesting technique, thanks for sharing ! Beautiful card. Thanks for playing along with us at Use Your Stuff !

jimlynn said...

These are sensational! Love the way you did these and they have a totally different look. Very nice!

Donna K said...

If this isn't the most gorgeous, THING, Shelly! I absolutely love that you used your dies to create this amazing cover for your journal. You said you love trying new things and I love that you try new things too…such an inspiration. Hope you're having a wonderful April 1st! Thanks for your friendship and blog visits!

Penny said...

Gorgeous card & beautiful journal cover! Really love the metallics! (But I am too klutzy to try this myself!) :^)
Hugs, Penny

Crafting Vicky said...

wow great technique! love the look that it gave!

Thanks for joining us at Creative knockouts this week. Hope to see you again next week. DT Crafting Vicky.

Michele said...

wow this is quite stunning! so pretty! xo

Cut It Up Challenge Blog said...

What a really cool technique!

Thanks for joining our Anything Goes challenge at Cut it Up!

Beth Norman-Roberts said...

What a great project. Your journal cover turned out beautifully. And I'm nuts over owls. The foil really turned out well too.

Donna said...

What wonderful ideas. I love the Card and the journal cover. You are so creative! Wish we were going to be here Saturday. I might have tried to hook up with you while you are here. We will be in Cincinnati for a family wedding. Good luck with the meet!

Cazro said...

Exciting to work with new techniques, thanks for sharing with us at Alphabet Challenges. Caz

Keti's Projects said...

Thanks for playing with us at Izazovi i sladkiši (Challenges and candies).
Hugs, Keti (DT)

Debbie said...

This is totally cool! I haven't embossed on foil, but I love the outcome! Thanks for joining The Corrosive Challenge this fortnight, and good luck!

DebbieM - TCC DT

Darlene said...

Shelly, what can I say? Every time I visit your blog, it's like an art class. You are so impressive!

First, the card: Wow! as if embossing with metallic paper and stump isn't enough, adding a sanding to give it more dimension is just wonderful.

Then the journal cover: So much detail, thank you for taking such pains posting how you achieved this masterpiece! The roses are just beautiful, and the leaves around the owl are perfect. The medallions add just the right touch.

Both are simply wonderful!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

wow these are so cool! I am really in love with that journal cover!!!

~ Kendra ~ said...

I love how you try so many different techniques, you are amazing!! LOVE your projects! How fun...dies and foil!

Andreja L. said...

Beautiful journal you made! I like your embossing :-))
Thank you for joining us at "Izazovi i Slatkiši". Good luck and please join us again!
Hugs, Andreja

Lynn (aka Lynnpenguin) said...

Oh my Shelly...this is just have inspired me to give it a try too. I love the look you achieved.

Thanks for playing along with us this week for our Anything Goes challenge at One Stitch at a Time. Good luck.


Denise said...

Love your technique! This is so clever and everything complements each other! Fantastic!!
Sweet Hugs

Sandy Fredrick said...

Two wonderful creations, love the metal look and the wonderful variety of dies you used on the journal. Awesome!!

Shirley said...

Wow! TFS your projects with the foil. It's been so long since I have done anything with it too! I really like the different looks and thanks for sharing the different techniques your tried too! Very different and pretty at the same time!