Monday, November 17, 2014

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Winter!

     It's beginning to look a lot like winter! You know it's cold in Memphis when CNN names the city in an article about cold temps in the US. We've just had the earliest snowfall that I can remember. So even though my heart is still in Autumn, my November class projects are a little wintery.

  The Bokeh technique is new to me, and I had to do a little research to learn it.   Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration
was very helpful and had some beautiful samples. This "kindness" card with its white bokeh dots reminded us of snowflakes on a camera lens. The stamp set Kinda Eclectic had been calling to me for a while, but I knew I had to do something "out of the box" with it. I think it's perfect here! And speaking of perfect, the sponge daubers and Whisper White Craft Ink are great for bokeh dots.

     There are two more out of the box techniques used on this card. See the round top and bottom of the Lost Lagoon layer? They were cut using a die from the Apothecary Accents Framelits collection. I cut the cardstock narrow enough to slip it through the die and rolled it through the Big Shot just enough to cut the leading edge. Then the die and paper were flipped to repeat the cut on the other side.

     AND, can you see the silver speckles on the Rich Razzleberry layer? I crafted a stipple brush out of cardstock using the Fringe Scissors. Use the scissors to cut a fringe down a strip of cardstock, coil the cardstock into a brush, hold it together, and dab it onto your ink pad and then onto your paper. It was super fast, super easy, and gave the card a little frostiness.

     To warm us up a little, we also etched some votives. Don't they look warm and festive?
 "Joy" is from the Wonderful Wreath Framelits dies.
It fits perfectly. 

These large Libby votives were perfect for stamping on: they have four flat sides. Having stamped on the cylindrical ones before, let me say, I do like the flat ones. Very much. A word of advice: the Embossing Buddy is your best buddy when embossing on glass. We used two masking techniques with the Armour Etch. "Joy" was die cut out of Contact paper, then the negative was adhered to the glass. A coating of Armour Etch and five minutes later, wow!


The star votive used embossing as masking. After preparing the surface, we stamped and embossed the star. A Contact paper negative of the star outline was adhered to the glass. After etching, the embossing was removed to leave the delicate design you see. (It's also pretty if you leave the embossing on.)

 This star is from the Bright & Beautiful stamp set.  

     How are you spending your Autumn -- or Spring, to our south of south neighbors? Thank you for your kindness in reading, subscribing, and commenting. Keep comfy!

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