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Stampin’ Up WOOD

I hope you are all having a Fabulous Friday. And, why not? Friday is the day before the weekend, which makes nearly everyone happy, right?

My card for today is another one using the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop sketch from yesterday, with a totally different take on it.

Here is the sketch we used, and that I am using again today.

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And here is the card I created using that sketch

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This technique, called Black Ice, was developed, or invented if you prefer, by Melissa Kerman. You can see her video on this technique here

I wanted this to be all about trees and wood, so I used the Waterfront stamp set, Wood Textures Designer Series Paper, Leaflets Framelits and Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing folder.

To begin, I took a panel of Copper Foil Sheets and ran it through the Big Shot in the Pinewood Planks DTIEF. With the Classic Basic Black Stampin’ Pad (regular ink pads won’t stick to the foil) and a light touch, I simply dragged it over the embossed copper. This really brought out the wood grain. This is the black of the black ice.

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I left this to dry thoroughly while I went on to other parts of the project.

I tried stamping the trees and mountains then die cutting with the maple leaf from the Leaflets Framelits, which didn’t work very well. Then, I cut first, then stamped my design and that was much better. Initially, I used a dark wood (like the mat), rubbed my Versamark pad over the edges and heat embossed it in copper. Hmmm. A little dark, but maybe ok once it is on the copper.

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To be certain the copper piece was dry I did use my Heat Tool for a brief time. To do the ice technique, simply drag the Versamark pad over your panel, cover it in Clear Embossing Powder and heat emboss. Lovely. I really do like this look!

This was Liquid Glued to a piece of the dark Wood Textures DSP and onto my card base. Using Tear and Tape, I adhered a strip of Burlap Ribbon to the card front. I also die cut two branches from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits, one in Basic Black and one in the dark Wood Textures DSP. I offset these and Liquid Glued them over the Burlap Ribbon.

I put several Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of my stamped and embossed leaf, wound some Copper Metallic Thread around and adhered it over the ribbon and branches. Remember I said it was a little dark? Well, it was a LOT dark and I really didn’t like it. The remedy was to die cut the leaf from a lighter Wood Textures DSP, then stamp the design. I simply Liquid Glued this over the darker leaf, offsetting it a bit so the copper edge would show. AHA! Much better.

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Now, the ribbon is wrong! Oh. My. Gosh. Now what? Well, I don’t like this, so what harm can it do to try to fix it before it goes in the trash? I took my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker and went over the ribbon. I had to do this twice to get it really black, but I am thinking you could use a black permanent marker too, which might be darker.

This helped enough that the card was salvaged, but, if I do it again I will use a strip of black card stock instead. But then, the black branch won’t show up. I will think of something!

On the inside I ran my Embossing Buddy over the paper before I stamped the sentiment in Versamark. This is also from the Waterfront stamp set, stamped  on the dark Wood Textures DSP, covered in Copper Emboss Powder and heat set. This panel was liquid glued to a Copper Foil Sheets panel and into the card base.

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For the envelope, I stamped the same trees and mountains on the front, then added a piece of the Wood Textures DSP to the flap. All done. I think this needs improving, but I like the basic idea. Must try it again.

Card Cuts: Basic Black: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, branch 2″ x 5″, Copper Foil Sheets: embossed panel 3-3/4″ x 5″, inside mat 3-11/16″ x 4-15/16″; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Pack  front mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside sentiment panel 3-3/8″ x 4-5/8″, leaf 4″ x 4″, branch 2″ x 5″

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Happy Birthday with the Bees!

Happy Awesome Sunday, Folks! I hope you remembered to turn your clocks forward last night and didn’t miss church or anything because you forgot!

My card for today is for a bee-keeper, and since Stampin’ Up doesn’t have any bee hives, I used a set from Our Daily Bread Designs to stamp the bee skep. The bee is also from that set, but everything else is SU.

I began by taking a piece of the Wood Textures DSP and randomly stamping the bees in Versamark ink. I heat embossed these in copper, then, using the Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Folder, I dry embossed it. After all, the bees make honeycombs which are hexagonal in shape. wild wing creations-4

A piece of 1/4″ Copper trim spread out and wrapped around the bee-embossed Wood Textures DSP is taped to the back. This panel was then adhered to the Early Espresso card base with Liquid Glue.

I sponged a panel of Very Vanilla with Soft Suede using a Sponge Dauber, then stamped the bee skep image also in Soft Suede. The bee was stamped next, then the honeycomb design from Butterfly Basics. Using my Stampin’ Write markers I colored the flowers, leaves, bee skep and bees with Pink Pirouette, Pear Pzazz, and Daffodil Delight. I filled in the wings of the bees with my Wink of Stella to give them a translucent look. The sentiment, stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in copper, is from Butterfly Basics.

The ground beneath the hive needed something, so I used my Blender Pen and Pear Pzazz ink from the Classic Stamp Pad lid to give it a green wash.

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Having decided to offset this panel so more of the embossed bees would show, I used Stampin’ Dimensionals along the left edge to add several loops of Metallic Copper Thread, then adhered this panel to the card front. The finishing touch is found in the 3 Glitter Enamel Dots scattered over the panel.

For the inside, I again dry embossed a panel of the same Wood Textures DSP and adhered it to the card base with Liquid Glue. I sponged another Very Vanilla panel around the edges with Soft Suede ink, then stamped several of the honeycomb design without re-inking the stamp,wild wing creations-5

Using my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to get the sentiment (from Picture Perfect) straight, I stamped this also in Soft Suede. Next I stamped 3 bees in Soft Suede and colored them with my Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write marker. The wings are Wink of Stella. The Bee Happy sentiment is from the same Our Daily Bread Designs stamp set. This panel was Liquid Glued to the embossed mat.

For the envelope flap, I randomly stamped the honeycomb design, again without re-inking, a couple of times, then added one bee, colored the same as the ones inside the card.

The front received flowers (bees need flowers!) from Background Bits, stamped in Soft Suede ink. Then, three more bees hover over the flowers, stamped and colored the same as the others. This card and envelope are finished, and I am happy with the result.

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Card Cuts: Early Espresso: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper: front 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″, inside 4″ x 5-1/4″; Very Vanilla: front and inside 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″

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