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Top Ten Winners October – Kylie’s International Highlights Blog Hop

Tree Rings Background Stamp, Gold Embossing and Wedding Anniversary for:-

Top Ten Winners Kylies Highlight

I was so thrilled to be voted amongst the top ten in Kylie’s International Blog Highlight in October. The top ten get to blog hop with Kylie, using the same theme of “Life Changes”.  My project for the hop is based around a recurring life change …. a wedding anniversary … a wonderful reminder of one of the most life changing events.

Anniversary Card

This is the card I made for Duncan and my 2nd Wedding Anniversary last month. Our wedding day only seems like it was yesterday, so I was kinda surprised we have reached the two year mark already. What do they say?  … “Time flies when you are having fun”.

The Tree Rings Stamp is used for the background, and it is a little difficult to see in the image above, but it has been gold embossed on Vellum. It is so pretty when the light hits it, and the texture is AH-MAZING.

Gold Embossed Tree Rings

Tips for creating the embossed vellum background:

  • The Tree Rings background stamp measures 11cm x 14cm, slightly shorter than our standard C6 card here in Australia, so I used a piece of vellum slightly larger than that, embossed the whole pattern and then trimmed it down.  This means my folded card is slightly smaller than C6 size, measuring 10.5cm x 14cm. Using a larger piece of vellum and then trimming it down afterwards also means that you have somewhere to hold onto the vellum while you are embossing the tree rings, so this tip still applies no matter what the card size. Otherwise it is very easy to smudge either the versamark stamping or the gold powder before it is heated.  Trust me … I know this!!
  • It is essential that you use the embossing buddy to go over the whole piece of vellum well to remove static and any oils from your fingers. It is very difficult to remove stray flecks of powder with a fine paintbrush after it is applied with these finely detailed patterns.
  • To apply Versamark ink to the vellum, lay the stamp on it’s back so the rubber faces upwards and gently apply the anti static’d side of the vellum onto the stamp.  Carefully lay a scrap piece of paper over the top and apply even pressure all over the paper to transfer the versamark to the vellum. A good way to apply even pressure is to use a spare block and rub over the scrap paper. This is WAY easier than trying to place the stamp down onto the vellum.
  • Get your heat tool nice and hot before applying the heat to the vellum and don’t let the heat sit on the one area for too long to avoid warping. The Stampin’ Up! vellum is one of the best vellums I have ever used, especially for embossing, and I had minimal warping, even heating such a large area.

A quick watercolour background

For those delicious green pieces (oh yes, I am a green girl), I used the “wet on wet” then “wet on dry” watercolouring technique to colour a panel of Watercolour Paper with Lemon Lime Twist and Pear Pizzazz inks from the Stampin’ Up! range.

  • I used re-inkers on a palette for watercolouring rather than the inside of my ink pad lid, purely because the I want to apply some water to the reinker and it all gets a bit runny … you can use any non porous surface as a palette, for instance an acrylic block or a clean Silicon Craft Sheet.
  • Either spritz the watercolour paper panel lightly with water first or us an aqua painter to apply a light layer of water to the panel.
  • Load up the Aqua Painter brush tip with Lemon Lime Twist re-inker and drop the ink onto the wet watercolour paper surface. It will spread into the water already on the paper. Leave a few white areas.
  • Clean off the Aqua Painter and dry the piece with a heat tool. If you were to apply the next colour while the piece was still wet, it would just mix and blend with the Lemon Lime Twist ink (which could be a nice effect, but not what I was looking for here).
  • Water down the darker Pear Pizzazz ink by adding some water to the re-inker on the palette. Once the watercoloured piece is dry, apply some of the watered down Pear Pizzazz ink randomly over the watercolour card in varying intensity. The darker ink onto dry card will form hard edges where it sits over the lighter ink, rather than blending.
  • Once this layer dries, the colour intensity will fade back an little bit to give a wonderful watercoloured panel.
  • Try this in lots of colours and have the pieces set aside for different projects when you need them.

Lemon Lime Twist "Wet on Wet"Lemon Lime Twist “Wet on Wet”
(Sorry about the quality of the pics, they are screen shot from my video on my VIP Customer Page)

Pear Pizzazz "Wet on Dry"Pear Pizzazz “Wet on Dry”

Use this piece to die cut some leaves from the Eclectic Layers Thinlits dies and the large U from the Large Letters Framelits dies.The die cut word “love” is from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits dies and die cut from Whisper White cardstock. The leaves have also been die cut from Whisper White cardstock and I have grouped them in diagonal corners of the card.

Eclectic Layers Leaves

I used mini glue dots to adhere all the elements to the front of embossed vellum piece.  Then I added Mini Glue dots to the back side of the vellum behind those elements to avoid having any glue “show through”.  There are also a couple of glue dots strategically placed in the centre of some of the tree rings to hold the edges of the vellum layer in place.

The green colour you can see through the vellum is a layer of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock adhered to the Whisper White folded card before adhering the vellum layer. It is slightly smaller than the card front so a white border shows through the vellum all the way around.

Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies

The sequins were adhered in place with a small touch of Fine Tipped Glue Pen to finish off.

Love U Large Letters Framelits Dies

Duncan loved his card, I hope you are inspired by it as well.

Thanks to Debby Hughes in the UK for the inspiration for this card. Debby is not a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, but her style is inspiring.

A big thanks to Kylie for hosting the International Blog each month and to all who participate in the challenge.  If you have a blog and you use Stampin’ Up! products, you too can participate in Kylie’s highlights and maybe get the chance to hop with Kylie and other talented paper artists. For more information, join the facebook group set up for the blog highlights.

Below is a list of the top ten winners participating in this hop, all very talented demonstrators from around the world …. a truly international line up! Next in line after me is Rebecca Jo Unwin, but please, whatever you do, don’t miss out on Colleen Johnson’s blog.  Colleen is in my Inks and Whimsy Stampin’ Up! Team and I am so thrilled that she was selected in the top ten winners in the October highlight.  Go Colleen!

Thanks for stopping by, and remember if you are in Australia and would like to purchase any of the supplies used to create this card, you can shop with me online here … don’t forget to use the November Rewards code when you check out to get a gift and a handmade card from me at the end of the month.  If your order is over $250, then don’t use this rewards code because you will get your own rewards!
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