Monday, April 21, 2014

Another Movie Monday and A Double Challenge

Hey, everyone!  I hope you had a great Easter weekend.  It was pretty quiet around here, so I was able to get my video tutorial edited for today's Movie Monday.  Today I am showing you how to create a "Whisper" Background with a large background stamp.  I couldn't find the correct name for the technique with some quick snooping on Splitcoast Stampers, so I made the name up.  Here's the card it was used on again:

I called it the Whisper Background technique because you are just leaving a whisper (small part) of a background stamp on the cardstock.  Here's another card I used the technique on:

And now, here's the video tutorial showing you how:


And I was really busy yesterday, because I have another card to show you.  This one is for two challenges, Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #132 and Dynamic Duos Challenge #99.

  • These "Black Tie" challenges for Dynamic Duos are so rich looking.  The Rich Razzleberry, even by its name alone is an intense colour and black makes it more dramatic.  THEN, throw in some gold, and we are over the top opulent!  Wow!  I thought it would be a good anniversary card.
  • The Brushed Gold cardstock is not often seen on too many blog sites, but it is beautiful paper!  I get it out for those very special cards.  Here, it forms the card base.
  • I used the Stripes embossing folder for the Rich Razzleberry panel, as it really needed something before I tried that.  Don't be afraid to experiment a bit, but do it before you glue everything down. (Don't ask me why I mentioned that!)
  • I stamped the large flower from Secret Garden in VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with Gold Stampin' Emboss powder.  I stamped the image and embossed it three times so I could layer it and make the flower more 3D.  (Hint:  Even though there are four layers here, I only stamped 3 images. That's because I cut the small middle out of one layer but used its largest petals as an underlayer behind the complete flower on the second layer.  You can't see the hole so it's a good way to conserve paper.)
  • I used the Happy Anniversary from Teeny Tiny Wishes because it was the only greeting small enough to fit in the Word Window Punch.  I trimmed off one end to make it square.
  • A few bits of glitz add the final touches.  I adhere them with a tiny drop of Tombow Multipurpose glue.

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  1. Love the gold embossing on flower. Classy Card.

  2. What gorgeous cards! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches!

  3. This is just beautiful! I love this unexpected colour combo of Rich Razzleberry, Gold and Black - so striking! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

  4. This is a wonderfully elegant card. I love the photo-negative effect you achieved, embossing the black with gold, on that awesome, layered flower. I agree, adding those subtle stripes to the Razzleberry layer adds even more interest. Great job! Thanks for joining the Dynamic Duos' Black Tie challenge this week.


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