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Stampin’ Up! Musical Season

Good Monday morning Everyone! Wow! Where does the time go? I am already frantic and it is still 8 weeks until Christmas. I will NEVER be ready! Perhaps someone is trying to tell me something? Like, I need to get out of some of my (self-imposed) responsibilities?

I have not blogged for almost two weeks. Between a couple of special events in which I was VERY involved that took 6 days out of my life, altering two bridesmaids dresses and making great-granddaughter’s mermaid costume for Halloween, I only made it to my craft room yesterday for the first time in 8 days. This is ridiculous! However, yesterday I resumed, not cardmaking, but reorganizing the area. I am not finished, but am making headway. The card for today was done in about 3 short sessions of stolen moments over a period of days.

That said, I am SO glad to be back to making cards. I decided that I would limit myself to one stamp bundle and chose the Musical Season set and the coordinating Musical Instruments dies. I also wanted to try the Eclipse method, of which I have seen a lot lately. Usually, if everyone else is doing it, I shy away from whatever it is. Call me a rebel! The eclipse method is intriguing, so try it I did. Here is my card for today.

front

After choosing to use Night of Navy for my card base, I picked one of the sheets of Merry Music Designer Series Paper for the background of my card. First, I used the Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to emboss it.

Next up I used the little drummer boy die from Musical Instruments to cut him out of the music. Then, I adhered the music to a sheet of the Champagne Foil Sheets (with the middle cut out, of course. For those of you new to following me, I normally cut the center out of a foil mat to conserve this more expensive paper. It is from this that I then cut smaller pieces and you would never know that there is not a whole sheet behind the art piece) with Snail. This was adhered to the card base with liquid glue.

I also used the drummer boy die to cut three in Night of Navy. Liquid glue adhered all four pieces together, then back into the background. My eclipse part of this card is finished. Perhaps I will try it again using the Large Letters sometime, but this will do for now.

drummer detail

I really wanted to use the lyre in the set, but just couldn’t make it come out right, so those pieces are waiting to be used on another card sometime. The sentiment banner is cut from Night of Navy and heat embossed with white. I rubbed my Embossing Buddy over the card stock to eliminate static, then used the sentiment stamp from Musical Season, stamped it in Versamark and heat embossed. I cut the ends with the Triple Banner Punch. On the back I added Stampin’ Dimensionals, then whacked off a length of Silver Metallic Thread and wound it around, sticking it to the Dimensionals. This was then adhered to the front of the card.

The dies in the Musical Instruments set are really nice and I would love to use all of them. However, I limited myself to the spray of leaves and berries and the treble clef for this card.

The leaf design was stamped in Old Olive, four times, on Whisper White. Using my Stampin’ Blends, (which you will be able to order tomorrow…..just click on the Order Online button at right) I added color to the leaves and berries. I used the lighter of both Old Olive and Night of Navy to fill in the design, then die cut them. These were arranged rather like a wreath around the sentiment and liquid glued in place.

The clef is cut from the Champagne Foil Sheets as well as Night of Navy, and glued together with liquid glue. I offset these a bit to make a shadow, added some Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals and added it to the front of the card. A bit of liquid glue adhered it to the sentiment label. The front is finished!

detail

On to the inside. I repeated the Champagne Foil mat and Merry Music DSP, then cut two labels from Lots of Labels framelits for my sentiment. The larger one is in Night of Navy and the sentiment one is Whisper White, stamped with Night of Navy. The sentiment is also from the Musical Season set.

inside

Just so we don’t have a naked envelope, I added some of the DSP to the flap and

flap

stamped the drummer boy in Night of Navy on the front.

envelope front

I hope you like this card. If you haven’t tried the eclipse technique, try it. It is fun to do. However, my friend Mary did it using the Happy Birthday thinlits die, which has a gazillion pieces. I am not ready for that. She did a live video which you can see here.

There was a problem with the live feed, but the part with the eclipse technique is there.

Card Cuts: Night of Navy: card base 7″ x10″ scored at 5″, sentiment banner 3/4″ x 5″, drummer boy and clef 3″ x 5″, large label 3″ x 4-1/2″; Champagne Foil Sheets: front mat and inside mat (2) 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, clef 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″; Whisper White: leaves 4″ x 6″; Merry Music DSP: front art and inside liner (2) 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″.

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Technique Thursday

Hey Everyone,

Today is Thursday, almost the end of another week. Wow, time does fly!

This post is not about a finished card. I haven’t finished it for a couple of reasons: One, I am not sure if I think it is done well enough to finish and Two, I am not sure what kind of card I want it to be if I do finish it. Christmas? Thinking of You? Sympathy? I need to look at it awhile and think about it.

Anyway, on to the technique which I first saw on a You Tube video by Melissa Kerman. I looked further and there are other tutorials about tarnishing foil, some using aluminum foil from your kitchen and some using the beautiful foil papers. I am mostly following Melissa’s formula, which you can see here.

Here is the card front I created using the same technique of dry embossing, heat embossing and adding a bit of grunge.

front

I began with a piece of Silver Foil Sheets and dragged my Basic Black ink pad over it lightly, leaving some streaks. Then, using the Lovely as a Tree stamp set, I stamped a couple of the evergreen trees, one tall and one only partially, in Versamark and heat embossed with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Then I went back and stamped some of the little pinecone branches from the same set in Versamark and heat embossed again in the gold.

art panel

Here you can see the trees and the pine cone branches as well as the streaking. The heat warped the paper a bit, but I just put an acrylic block on it while I did the next step

Taking a piece of Crumb Cake Card Stock I stamped another of the pine trees and some of the little branches in Versamark and, again, heat embossed with gold. Most of this will be covered up, so I did not stamp the whole piece. I took this photo before I went around the edge with a sponge and Crumb Cake ink, but I did sponge it.

side piece

Setting this aside, I went back to the foil piece and dry embossed it with the Pine Bough embossing folder. I really like this folder and it is on the clearance rack right now!

angled dry embossed

Then, using what I thought was a light touch, I dabbed some Versamark over the highlighted pine branches and a couple of other spots. Since you cannot see this, I think it will take some practice to get a truly light touch. Personally, I think I got a little heavy handed. I then heat embossed with the Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Now it is starting to look a bit more aged. The final step here was to again drag, dab, daub, whatever, the Basic Black over the surface to give it the tarnished look. I also applied some around the edges.

I then assembled all the pieces to get this look.

front

Each of the 2 art pieces and the foil strip were adhered to a Basic Black mat with liquid glue. The long panel was glued to the Soft Suede mat. The foil panel and mat were liquid glued together, then adhered to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The foil strip and its mat were liquid glued to the base.

That completes the front, if I decide to keep it that way. It was not difficult, nor did it take a lot of time. That said, I think if I took a bit more time it would have been better. This is a technique I will definitely try again, so stay tuned. I want to try it using household aluminum foil.

What are your thoughts on this technique? Please comment below the products and card cuts details. And, if you want to order that Pine Bough Textured Embossing folder, just click on the order online button at right to go to my store.

Thanks for stopping by!

Card Cuts: Basic Black: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, mats (1) 2″ x 5″ and (1) 3-1/4″ x 4″, (1) 3/8″ x 4″; Crumb Cake: 1-3/4″ x 4-3/4″; Soft Suede: mat 4′ x 5-1/4″; Silver Foil Sheets: 3″ x 3-3/4″; Copper Foil Sheets: 1/8″ x 3-3/4″

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