Monday, May 23, 2016

Verrrry Pinteresting!

Years ago, back in the 60s, there was a zany TV program called Rowan & Martin's Laugh In. I think it might still have a kind of cult following today. It was an entirely new concept in television. We'd never seen anything like it! I still have some phrases from that show that will show up in my conversations from time to time!

Some of the crazy characters on the cast.

That's where Goldie Hawn got her start!

But the one phrase I use more regularly came from this character, Arte Johnson:

He would peer out from behind the foliage and say,"Verrrry iiinnteresting......but ssshtupid!"
So I've just adapted that phrase for my blog post, because I am using some inspiration from Pinterest for my card today. Get it? Verrry Pinteresting!

Here's the card that I admired on Pinterest for its background technique:

It's the Batik technique

It involves embossing using Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder the designs or areas that you want to remain white, then painting, dying or, in my case, sponging colours over the entire area. The embossed areas resist the ink and wipe clean, leaving the embossed area white. I accomplished this using the Timeless Textures stamp set.

  • I showcased three of the new In Colours in this project, plus a neutral, Sahara Sand: Peekaboo Peach*, Flirty Flamingo* and Sweet Sugarplum*. I love how they blend together so well here.
  • The texture stamps are perfect for this background technique. It was the leafy flourish image from Timeless Textures that I first thought of to do this technique, but I ended up using a lot of the different textures for it. Here's a look at just the background, without the sentiment:
  • I wasn't overly careful with my stamping, I just slapped those images on the Shimmery White cardstock with abandon. No, actually, with Versamark! Then I sprinkled on the Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder and heat set it with the Heat Tool.
  • I sponged on the ink, starting with the lightest, Peekaboo Peach*, in the center, followed by Flirty Flamingo*, and finishing around the edges with Sweet Sugarplum*.
  • Do you see that fabulous ruched ribbon in Flirty Flamingo*? It's so crisp and great for tying bows. I used a little trick here, tying the bow first on a Clear Block D, then cutting the ribbon on the left side of the block and adhering to the front panel using Fast Fuse adhesive. Here's a video tutorial to explain a little better.
*New Products, available June 1st from the 2016-17 Annual Catalogue
  • The sentiment is from the Timeless Love stamp set, (and I'm just now realizing that both stamp sets I chose have Timeless in the title!) and I stamped both the image and sentiment in Basic Black Archival ink. I used an Aqua Painter to apply the same In Colours to the flowers in the image and a Sahara Sand Stampin' Write Marker for the leaves. I rounded the edges for a softer look.

Just a reminder that there are only 8 days left to purchase any of the retiring products from both the 2015-16 Annual Catalogue and the 2016 Occasions Catalogue. Many items are already sold out so check the Online Store before you order. 

Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today.

Product List

*New Products, available June 1st from the 2016-17 Annual Catalogue:
Flirty Flamingo*, Peekaboo Peach* and Sweet Sugarplum* Classic Stampin' Pads, Flirty Flamingo*, Sweet Sugarplum* cardstock, Flirty Flamingo Ruched Ribbon*


  1. Hi Heather, I love the results of your emboss resist technique using some of the new In Colors. This is a beautiful card. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks for your kind comment, Sheila! I love how those 3 colours blend together! I foresee a lot of sunset backgrounds coming up!


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