Monday, July 25, 2016

Papertrey Ink SAF 2016 - Gilded in Gold with Danielle Flanders

Happy Monday!

Stamp-a-Faire continues with yet another wonderful tutorial (catch it here) by Danielle Flanders that encourages us to use gold on our projects, and in particular, Liquid Leaf Gold, which unfortunately I didn't have available.

So I substituted a product called Inka Gold by Viva Decor, which works in the same way. Inka Gold is a waxy product that you rub onto your paper die cuts. Once dry (it dries very quickly), you rub the surface with a soft paper cloth/tissue, which brings out its luxurious shine. However, I actually added a bit of water to the "pot" and mixed the medium with a paintbrush until I achieved the right consistency to paint it onto my die cut in order to get the "brushed" affect.

I started with a piece of black cardstock, which I diecut with my Splits: Celebrate die. Love how the brushstrokes didn't completely cover the cardstock and allowed the black to come through in some areas.

Once dried, I shined it up and added the "celebrate" diecut to the centre and adhered it with dimensionals to my black cardstock, which I cut with a stitched rectangle die and mounted it on a panel of shiny gold cardstock, then again on a final panel of black. Of course, I had to add gold ink spots to my top black panel too!

A white cardstock strip was also painted with the Inka Gold for the remainder of my sentiment, but this time I used black embossing powder. A quick trim, a few adhesive dots placed behind, and the panel was added to the base of my card. The last finishing touch was the addition of a few sparkly gold sequins and my card was a 'fait accompli' :-)

Thanks for joining me today - hope you get time to join in the SAF fun!

Stamps & Dies: PTI Wet Paint Cuts III

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Papertrey Ink - 2016 SAF, Starry Night Sky Technique with Amy Sheffer

The start of Papertrey Ink's 2016 edition of Stamp-a-Faire is finally here!

They have an amazing line-up of tutorials, and one in particular I've been very much looking forward to is Amy Sheffer's Night Sky Tutorial.

Of course, I wasn't quite sure I could pull off this awesome technique once I saw Amy's feature card, but watching her easy-to-follow video was not only inspiring, but shows just how easy this technique is.

Check out this wonderful video here to see for yourself.

Oh sure, I may not have the perfect result this time around, but I found this technique so forgiving that I'm sure that each time I attempt it, my card will end up with a different look. But that's the beauty of a night sky, isn't it? It looks different all the time.

My card has a scattering of Pretty Pink Posh Iridescent Mini Star Sequins as well as ink splatters in silver that add some lovely sparkle to it (you may not be able to see that in the photo).

A big "Thank You" to Amy, as well as the Papertrey Ink DT, for sharing their wonderful knowledge and proving yet again how amazingly generous the stamping community is.

I will definitely use this technique again and again!

Stamps: PTI Through the Trees
Dies: PTI Wet Paint Cuts III