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Hi and welcome to our Top Ten Blog Hop. Participants in the hop are from all over the world and placed in the top ten of Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Highlights in March. We are featuring the Stampin’ Up! Stamp Set “All Things Thanks” in our projects. You are currently at my blog –  Cheryll Miller from McLaren Vale in South Australia. Check the blog hop list below to see who is up next.

Click on the badge below to take a look at my winning project in March …. thank you to everyone who voted for my card.
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And this is my project for this blog hop ….

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White embossing and watercoloured backgrounds are two of my favourite things. It is indicative of my “all over the place” personality that they are at opposite ends of the creative spectrum. White embossing needs to be precise with no stray white flecks, and watercolour backgrounds are somewhat messy and haphazard!

The Watercolouring …

For this card, I created a quick watercolour background with Delightful Dijon and Watermelon Wonder inks on watercolour paper.  I didn’t even have to worry too much about blending the colours together because they are covered by the strip of Tip Top Taupe cardstock.

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The Greeting …

The greeting “Thanks For That Thing You Did” is from the All Things Thanks stamp set. It has been stamped and embossed in three steps.

I wanted the “THANKS” to be on the strip of Tip Top Taupe card, so I covered over the words I didn’t want to stamp with masking tape, inked with Versamark pad, then removed the masking tape before stamping and embossing.

I could have just stamped the remaining words in the same way directly under the “THANKS” word on the watercolour background … that would have been the easy thing to do. However, that may have been a little bit heavy on the left edge, so I elected to stamp and emboss the words “for that thing” underneath and slightly to the right of the “THANKS”. Same deal, cover the other words with masking tape, ink up the middle words with Versamark, remove the tape, stamp and emboss with white powder. I did use my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig stamp positioner to get the positioning just right. Then I did the same thing with the final words ‘YOU DID”, positioning these two words a little further to the right again.

Some tips … Ensure the watercolour background is TOTALLY dry before embossing the greeting onto it. And use Stampin’ Up!’s Embossing Buddy over the background piece prior to embossing. This will reduce all those annoying little flecks of white powder, although I still seem to get them no matter what I do. And my biggest tip! Don’t forget to take the masking tape off the stamp prior to stamping … 🙂

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The Embossed Flower …

I have used the large flower from the “No Special Reason” stamp set as the feature on my card, white embossing it onto Vellum and then die cutting with the matching die from the Stylish Stems Framelits Dies. Why vellum? Initially, I tossed up as to which card colour to use for the flower, and in the end I used Vellum because it took the need for that decision out of the mix and kept the piece feeling light and airy.

Adding some Gold Metallic Thread behind the flower and a scattering of Gold Metallic Adhesive Embellishments gives that little touch of bling to the project.

The panel has been adhered to a Tip Top Taupe layer and then to the front of a Watermelon Wonder top folded C6 card.

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I added a few more large and small flowers to the inside panel of the card to carry the theme through.

I am super excited to be a part of this hop with a line up of such talented stampers. A big thank you to Kylie for giving me the opportunity to take part. Make sure you check out all the projects!

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The three colours I have used in this project, Watermelon Wonder, Delightful Dijon and Tip Top Taupe are all from the 2015-2017 In Colours. These colours will be retiring at the end of May 2017. So if you don’t have these colours yet, or want to get a hold of re-inkers for your ink pads, make sure you do it now. Ink Pads, Re-Inkers and cardstock always sells out very quickly once the retiring list comes out.

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xxx
Cheryll

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