Tuesday, May 25, 2010

My Inner Granny...

...makes another appearance!

Supplies:  Elements of Style stamp set; Soft Suede, Bordering Blue & Old Olive classic ink, Versamark ink; Soft Suede ink refill; Kraft, Naturals Ivory & Bordering Blue cardstock; Soft Suede Patterns DSP; Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon; Stampin; Sponges; Big Shot & Scallop Circle die; Glassy Glaze Embossing Powder; Aqua Painter

Like I said in this post, I didn't really like this set at first, but yowza I'm liking the results I'm getting with it!  It's totally making me take a HUGE step outside my comfort zone and so far so good!

This is one of the cards my clubs did this month.  I showed them how to do the Cracked Glass technique, which I think is a perfect technique for this stamp set!  Cracked Glass is one of those super simple, but fabulous techniques!  You stamp your image and color it, then ink it with Versamark and emboss it with Glassy Glaze embossing powder.  You repeat the Versamark/Glassy Glaze part three to four times until you have a thick layer of embossing completely covering the image.  It totally looks like glass!  Then you stick it in the freezer for a while.  When you take it out of the freezer it will be curled and when you flatten it, the embossing cracks.  Hence, Cracked Glass!  To accentuate the cracks, I put a few drops of Soft Suede ink refill on them and rubbed it in with a paper towel.  I *heart* the results!  It looks so old and vintagey...I think Shelli would be proud!

Here's a closer look at the Cracked Glass part.

I didn't put a sentiment on this card for two reasons...I don't know where to put one, and I thought it would be a great card for lots of different occasions.  I gave this card to my mom for Mother's Day and I think she loved it!  She looked at it for a long time, touching the embossing and just enjoying it.  I was so excited that she loved it so much and I know it's proudly on display at my parent's house!  That's what giving handmade cards is all about...evoking a feeling from someone and the feeling you get when you give the card.

Have an inspired day!

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