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HIMCR #149 – Embossing

Hello! It’s great to be back with a new challenge post for Hiding in my Craft Room. This time, we’re challenged to use embossing on our projects. It can be any kind of embossing: Wet or dry; You can use powder, a folder, a bone folder and Scor-pal, or old school embossing with a stylus and stencil. If you don’t have any of these, feel free to use some pre-embossed paper.
Our sponsor this week is Laurie (blog owner) and she’s giving away some embossing folders to a lucky winner.

I use embossing often on my projects, so I can say it is one of my favorite techniques. This time, I decided to go for dry embossing in an unusual way (at least for me). 
 

Materials
Flourishes stamps – Flowers for Jan
Spectrum Noir markers – Purples
Craft Concepts – More Dots embossing folder
Memento dye ink – Rich Cocoa
Spellbinders: Scalloped Borders One, A2 Matting Basics A
Pelikan glitter glue
Other generic materials
Linen cardstock in white

This clean and layered card consists of two basic elements: stamps and embossing, as simple as that. I wanted to give the wisteria flowers the after-rain effect, so I added a sparkly glitter glue. In ‘real life’ it looks like raindrops. I wanted a very subtle design for this card, so I layered it white on white, and used a delicate polka dot embossing folder under a double border top layer.

I hope you feel inspired to participate in this week’s challenge. To do so, just visit Hiding in my Craft Room, follow instructions and link up your project. 
Thanks for stopping by. Have a nice weekend!

This card is participating in:

Flowers – Stamping with the Dragon 
May Flowers – Cards in Envy

Off the Edge – Addicted to CAS
May Challenge 2 – House of Cards



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One Layer Wonder

Hello everyone! It’s funny how creativity literally has no limits. If you’re inspired you will make a card regardless of how much free time you have, or how tired you may be. That is my case today. I have a vintage one layered card to share with you. Oh I really like those, because it lets you spotlight techniques and stamps, and I love to layer stamps… With no further ado, here’s my card:

Materials
Stamps:
– Bo Bunny – It is Written
– Sweet n’ Sassy – Vintage Postcard
– Flourishes – Spring Bouquet, Cherry Blossoms
Brilliance pigment ink – Tiramisu
Memento dye ink – Rich Cocoa
Ranger:
– Embossing ink

– Distress ink in Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, Old Paper
Other generic materials
Eggshell cardstock in white
 
I used a mask for the bouquet and stamped the vintage elements around it.  I colored the bouquet with distress inks, to get an undefined, grungy look.  I distressed the card from left to right, from dark to light. I blended my lighter distress ink (old paper) and left the right side of the card white, which adds softness to the overall design. Finally I added a one word sentiment.

I love how this card looks. I really enjoyed making it. I hope you like it! Thanks so much for stopping by…

This card is participating in

One Layer Wonder
Mod Squad Challenge 

Anything Goes

Simon Wednesday Challenge

Fabulous Flowers One Layer Simplicity


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Let’s go green!

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve had a nice weekend so far… As for me, I actually challenged myself to use green on a card. And I went clean & layered too. It’s a bit traumatic to go from vintage to green CAL all of a sudden, I don’t recommend it… LOL. But I’m one of those who sets on an idea and goes for it whatever it takes… That sounded drastic! Actually, I’m in a place in my creative life where I need to discover more of what I am capable of, and challenges help me with that. Below is my personal inspiration photo for this card (not that I wasn’t inspired by the challenges’ photos or color boards too :D)…  

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So yes, it is a floral card -what a surprise-. LOL. And with no further ado, here’s what I came up with:

Materials
Flourishes stamps – Flowers for Jan
Inkadinkado stamps – Floral expressions
Memento dye ink – Rich Cocoa
Brilliance pigment ink – Coffee Bean
Hero Arts Cleardesign Block – Large Letter
Ranger embossing ink

Imagine Crafts sponge dauber
Inkadinkado embossing powder – Clear
ZAP! heat tool
Faber Castell color pencils – 071, 070, 063, 046, 076, 089
Merletto:
– Artistic brushes – Y1
– Paper twine – Brown
– Crystal stickers
Bazic two sided tape and mounting tape
Other generic materials

Hawaii cardstock – White
Specialty metallic cardstock – Brown

I stamped the Iris flowers on regular cardstock, as long as you don’t use too much water it’s ok. I watercolored them and in the end I heat embossed the images in Clear. I cut the upper contour of the flowers and left the other sides as they were. That way I was able to make those flowers pop a little more. I like how this card is framed symmetrically, that sole detail gives the design a clean elegance. To finish the design, I thought I’d use this brown paper twine I had in my stash, it looks like it belongs to this card. Oh, and of course I had to add some crystals 😀

Hope you enjoyed. Continue to have a good weekend!

This card is participating in:

Going Green

Saavy Handmade Cards

Color Challenge Green

QKR Stampede

Color Inspiration

The Card Concept
Cards in Envy
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday

Bloggers Challenge 
Designs by Lisa Somerville

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Vintage Postcard Zinnias

Hello! A rainy day to me is a good day, and today we have a cloudy, showery day here in Honduras’ industrial city. Couldn’t be better! And to go with the peaceful, nostalgic, rainy flow, I have a vintage card to share with you, created with another wonderful customizable set from Sweet n’ Sassy stamps. But then of course, I couldn’t resist using some Flourishes’ florals as well.

Materials
Sweet & Sassy stamps – Vintage Postcard
Flourishes stamps – Zinnia
Prima Marketing stamps – Vintage Vanity: Fence
Brilliance pigment ink – Graphite Black, Pearlescent Beige
Memento dye ink – Rich Cocoa
ColorBox pigment ink – Orchid 
Spectrum Noir markers – Reds, Pinks
Faber Castell color pencils – 076 069, 010; 070, 063

Hero Arts Cleardesign Block – Large Letter
Inkadinkado embossing powder – Clear

Ranger Distress Ink – Old Paper, Vintage Photo, Spun Sugar
Ranger blending tool
Shery K. Designs paper – Antoinnette
Canon MG2220 printer
Merletto pearl stickers 
Bazic mounting tape
Other generic materials
Specialty metallic cardstock – Pearlescent pink
Textured cardstock – Brown
Hawaii cardstock – White 
3/8″ Gross grain ribbon – Light Brown
I haven’t mentioned this before but I not only love flowers in stamps, I also have flowers at home. And on the front of my house I have Zinnias, in every possible color. My zinnias look a lot like the ones on the card, so coloring this image was a delight to me. . I mixed techniques again and you possibly can’t tell right away that the vase and the leaves are actually water colored. Everything was stamped on white cardstock, that I then distressed with Old Paper ink mostly. I distressed the Zinnias quite a bit, I wanted to dull their brightness, so that they could match the vintage feel of the whole postcard.
I added some clear embossing powder to the sentiment and the background stamped pattern, and because I used pigment ink there was no need of embossing ink.  
And to finish this 5 x 7 card, I used some ribbon and pearls that definitely gave the design the final touch of vintage it needed. 
Hope you like it! Enjoy your weekend, stay creative and rest!
This card is participating in:

Craft Hoarders Anonymous
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday
Hiding in my Craft Room

Metal or Sweets 
(Metallic paper & Flowers)  
Our Daily Bread 

Spring Flowers 
Craft Mojo 

Spring Colors 
Fantasy Stampers Challenge

Bloggers Challenge 
Designs by Lisa Somerville

Sketch No. 33 
Latina Crafter

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Vintage Seed Card

Hello! It’s with great pleasure that I write this post, because today I’ll share with you a card where I use one of my favorite stamp sets out there. And the best of all is, that I was given this set as part of a prize won at Sweet & Sassy Stamps. I had it on my wishlist and I’m so grateful I have it now.

Vintage cards are a delight to me, I enjoy making them greatly. And because this set is customizable, I was able to incorporate another of my new favorite stamp sets, one that I fought hard to get: Flourishes’ Flowers for Jan. So with no further delay here is my card for today:

Materials
Sweet & Sassy – Vintage Seed Packet
Flourishes – Flowers for Jan
Spectrum Noir – PP5, PP3
Faber Castell watercolor pencils – 063, 074
Ranger Distress Inks – Vintage Photo, Worn Lipstick, Old Paper
Ranger blender tool
Brilliance pigment ink – Graphite Black
Memento dye ink – Rich Cocoa
Hero Arts Cleardesign Block – Large Letter
Praise rotary circle cutter

Merletto crystal stickers
Other generic materials
3/8″ Gross grain ribbon – light brown
Textured cardstock in Sand
Hawaii cardstock in White

I wanted to keep it simple, the card itself is the seed packet! I did create a window with a circle cutter, so that the Peony could stand out. And that is also why I stamped the flowers on white card stock. I combined to different coloring techniques, but because of the way I did it you can’t tell immediately that the leaves are actually water colored while the flowers were colored with markers. I distressed the card with pink and brown, that way the tones of color coordinate with the flowers. I love the vintage look of it. To finish it I added some crystals and brown ribbon. It sure feels antique and for some reason fresh at the same time. Must be that wonderful pink Peony… 😀

I really hope you enjoy this card as much as I do. I’m in love with these two stamp sets, and I’m also glad that I could mix them together.

Have a good day!

This card is participating in:
Craft Hoarders Anonymous
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday
Hiding in my Craft Room

Spring Flowers 
Craft Mojo

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Watercolor Spring Blossoms

Hello my friends! After a good sunday rest, today feels to me like the official start of March… I can tell the weather’s changing already… We had a lot of rainy, delightful days here, but now the warmth is starting to take over. It’s still bearable, so I hope it doesn’t end up too hot this year.

I have continued to experiment with water coloring, and today I have a beautiful CAS spring card that makes me think of a rose garden. Take a look:

Materials
Flourishes – Cherry Blossoms
Hero Arts – Friends are Treasures
Ranger embossing ink
Inkadinkado embossing powder in: Linen White, Glam Gold
ZAP! heat tool
Faber Castell watercolor pencils (032 – Pale Rose, 031 – Salmon)
Merletto Artistic brushes (red No. 4)
Merletto crystal stickers
Other generic materials
Hawaii cardstock in white
Textured cardstock in salmon
I wanted to create an unfinished frame stamping two corners of flowers facing diagonally. I heat embossed them in white, so that they would resist the water coloring. This way the effect is very subtle. I wanted to keep harmony with those delicate corners, so I embossed the sentiment in gold, on vellum and added some crystals. I used a salmon card base, which coordinated perfectly with the water colored blossoms.
I want to thank my friend Becky, from Tlady Designs, for her tips on water coloring, I appreciate it greatly! And something I did this time to get this soft coloring is I didn’t dry colored directly on the image, instead I did it on a scrap piece of paper, and picked the color up with the wet brush, that way no pencil trace is left on the final design and the result is much more impeccable.

I hope this month brings you many good things, for your whole being to delight in. Be inspired and have a great week!
This card is participating in:

Virginia’s View
Hiding in my Craftroom
The Card Concept

Spring Colors 
Fantasy Stampers Challenge
Paper Issues

Birthdays 
Naughty or Nice 

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Minimalist Floral: Part III

Hello! This is the last card from this mini series of CAS cards. Once I did the first one, I knew I wanted to try a few more alternative designs based on the same minimal style. I sure enjoyed creating them.

Today’s design is the result of mixing techniques from both previous cards. The image was heat embossed in white. The card was distressed in various tones of pink, but only over the stamped image, creating a contour and blending it towards the center of the card. You can see that I didn’t distress the lower right corner, because I wanted to create and unfinished frame. The card base this time is sand, instead of white. So you may find that it has less contrast, but it still ended up nicely balanced.

Materials
Flourishes – Cherry Blossoms
Ranger:
– Embossing Ink
– Distress ink in Spun Sugar
– Distress ink in Worn Lipstick
– Blending tool
Inkadinkado embossing powder in Clear
ZAP! heat tool
Memento dye ink in Rhubarb Stalk
Imagine Crafts sponge dauber 
EK Success Embossed Curve Slim Edger border punch
Bazic mounting tape
Merletto crystal stickers
Other generic materials
White textured cardstock
Sand cardstock 

I applied a bit of memento ink in Rhubarb Stalk on the corners to deepen the transition and to coordinate with the sentiment. It ended more like a darker shade of pink, it blended well with the distress inks I used. The white label was handmade and I curved one of the sides using an EK Success border punch.

Hope you liked this card. Let me know what you thought of this series of cards, and if possible tell me which of the 3 is your favorite. I’d like to know! 

This card is participating in:
Flourishes
The Card Concept

Red, Pink and/or White
Cards in Envy

Cute Card Thusday

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Minimalist Floral: Part II

Hi again! I am so inspired with this style of card making that today and tomorrow I’ll be showing you two more alternative ways that you can use a floral stamp to create a background. I wanted to go blue for today’s card, to give it a twist. Check it out:

Materials
Flourishes – Cherry Blossoms
Ranger – Embossing Ink, Distress ink in Broken China, blending tool
Inkadinkado embossing powder in Clear
ZAP! heat tool
Memento dye ink in Danube Blue
Merletto crystal stickers
Imagine Crafts sponge dauber
Other generic materials
White textured cardstock


I blended the inks so that I could get at least 3 tones of blue. I think it’s an unexpected color for a floral card, but I like it a lot. Emboss resist will always be a great technique to work with, timeless really.


The sentiment stamped on this card signifies something important to keep in mind. You know, life is a big ball of mud you need to know how to roll without getting dirty… The highs and the lows… One thing I don’t lose through the process is this passion I was born with… I put my heart out, because I don’t know any different. I am who I am. You are who you are, no apologies needed. So wherever you go, go with all your heart…

Let’s keep on trying, and let’s do our best! Big hug to all of you. Hope you enjoyed today’s card. Let me know what you think!

 This card is participating in:
Flourishes
The Card Concept
Sweet & Sassy 

Clean & Simple
Stampin’ Royalty

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Minimalist Floral

Hello my friends, this is a post that I am enjoying already. Minimal & Floral… It doesn’t get better than that! It sounds as good as chocolate to me! Flowers being so luscious and one of my favorite things in this planet and on the other hand a clean & simple style… A match made in heaven! 

The card for today was created for two of my favorite challenges: Flourishes and The Card Concept. I was immediately inspired with both challenges, and I adore the fact that I can merge them to showcase this CAS floral card.

It seems like this is Flourishes’ last Timeless Tuesday Challenge. If it’s so, it breaks my heart in tiny pieces. I started my blog a bit ago and was enjoying this challenge so much. I am a fan of Flourishes’ stamps and will continue to create cards with them anyways. Nevertheless, I want to sincerely thank the company and it’s Design Team for their support, kind comments, inspiration and so many things that will certainly be missed.

On a brighter side, I am so happy to be able to share this creation on The Card Concept too. It goes great with the floral theme (that you know I love). 

The featured stamp is from Flourishes’ Cherry Blossoms stamp set. I stamped it with Ranger embossing ink, applied inkadinkado embossing powder in Linen White and heat set it with a ZAP! heat tool. Nothing out of this crafty world…

I used a very elegant specialty card stock for the card base. It is a subtle metallic pink with a delicate shimmer and gold undertones. I think that the embossed cherry blossoms contrast perfectly… And because CAS doesn’t mean you won’t pay attention to detail, I took my time to finish the card adding little crystal embellishments to the center of each blossom. That gave the card a graceful twist!

I hope you like this card as much as I do. I always say that when a project comes out almost effortlessly is because one was truly inspired. And that’s what happened to me just now!

Thanks for stopping by!

This card is participating in:
Flourishes
The Card Concept
Red, Pink and/or White
Cards in Envy

Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays

Tip-Toe through the Tulips Paper Issues 

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Faux Watercolor Blossoms

Hello! Once again I’m here posting a new little project. I feel inspired this week! This time I have a frame that was created to fit this week’s Flourishes and Our Daily Bread challenges.

I wanted to stamp and color on vellum (with Spectrum Noir markers), and the result was an image with watercolor effect. This is great! So I layered it over a beige paper and framed it with Spellbinders Timeless Rectangles.

The images and sentiment are from Flourishes Cherry Blossom stamp set. This time I colored them in red, because this stamp in particular looks more like a rose, I thought it could work… 

This is a lovely vintage detail to keep on one’s desk as a reminder or simply as an inspiration piece. Let me know what you think of it.

Recipe:
Love sentiment
Ornate Frame
Verse, Vellum
Embossed sentiment

Our Daily Bread Blog
Flourishes
A Touch of Red
Cuttlebug Mania
Loves Rubber Stamps Challenge Blog

Inspiration Challenge 
The Pink Elephant Blog

Note: If you want to try this, make sure you blend the colors well with the lightest shade marker to get even better results on the faux watercolor effect.