Monday, April 1, 2013

Happy Easter Egg

I hope you had a Happy Easter!  It is a very special celebration for me, because it reminds me that I am loved with a deep abiding love.  In fact, I am loved so much, that One was willing to die for me, in my place!

The great thing is, He knows you, too!  And simply by accepting this love and believing that He died for you, too, you can live with Him forever.  Let me know if you want to know more about this amazing love!

I have a couple of things to share today.  I wanted to see if I could create some Stampin' Up Easter Eggs, but just didn't get around to it until today.  The result was:  "Hmmm! Shows promise but needs more work."

I used a raw egg and my Oh, Hello clear stamp set.  Without mounting the stamps on the clear blocks, I inked them up in VersaMark and applied them, bending them to the curve of the egg.  Then I sprinkled on the White Embossing powder and heat set it.  It took much longer to heat set the powder on the egg shell than on paper.  In fact, I'm thinking the egg is no longer raw! lol  I put the egg in a small bowl to heat emboss it, because it got too hot to hold properly.  

Then I used Regal Rose reinker in about 1" of water.  It had to be deep enough to get decent coverage for the egg.  I was going for an ombre look but I was hoping to have a much more defined line between the shades.  I immersed the whole egg in the lightest shade, then added a few more drops and immersed it 3/4 of the way up.  I repeated adding more drops of reinker, but only covering the bottom half and finally the bottom 1/4 of the egg for the darkest shade.  I had to use a lot of reinker for so much water, but it was an experiment and fun to try.  What do you think?

Here's a card I made for my Technique Night this week, focusing on Crystal Effects.  I case'd the design from Sage Kimble, a stamper I really admire.

I changed up the colours and the stamp I used, but kept the awesome layout and the beautifully sponged clouds on the background panel.  I also added Crystal Effects like dew drops on the petals of the flower and used the Delicate Doilies Sizzlit instead of the Scallop Circle that Sage used behind her main image.  I tried to get a sentiment on there but it just didn't fit anywhere, so I left it off.  I still think that Stippled Blossoms is one of the most WOW! stamp sets in the catalogue.  I love two-step stamping, especially with a Stamp-a-ma-jig to help me out. (Here's a video link to help you with that.)  The cloud background is created by taking a scallop circle punched from card stock and laying it at the bottom of  the paper, sponging along the edge, then moving up, changing the orientation of the scallop circle and sponging again. Repeat until you get to the top of the paper.  I used this technique on the background of the main image as well.

That makes 3 different techniques using Crystal Effects, so I hope you've found them all.  
Enjoy the last day of your long weekend, if you get one more day off on Easter Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Oh, Hello (w130730; c130733); Stippled Blossoms (w126745; c126747)
Paper:  Night of Navy (100867), Certainly Celery (105125) and Whisper White (100730) card stock
Ink:  Classic Stampin' Pads in Bashful Blue (126961), Marina Mist (126962) and Night of Navy (126970); VersaMark (102283); Regal Rose Classic Stampin' Ink Refill (105223)
Accessories:  Stampin' Emboss Powder in White (109132); 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon in Certainly Celery (119963); Crystal Effects (101055)
Tools:  Heat Tool (129053);  Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder (117335); Delicate Doilies Sizzlits L (126999); 2 1/2" Circle Punch (120906) and 1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch (for sponging the clouds) (119854); Stamping Sponges (101610)

2 1/2" Circle Punch

Oh, Hello Stamp Set

Delicate Doilies Sizzlit

Stamping Sponges

Stippled Blossoms Stamp Set


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