Much of the enjoyment of having a stamping blog is getting creative ideas and comments from readers. My Easter "egg" is entirely Renate's invention. She emailed me that she believed that the Whimsy balloon resembled a retro egg. With a teensy bit of snipping, it's eggs-actly that. The Merci flower emerges from the egg, embossed with Stampin' Up! markers. Yes, embossing with markers. In this post, I'll show you how. Tr?s Cool 🙂
For today's card, I got a chance to use both of my new Cuttlebug embossing folders, Paisley and Swiss Dots. With just a few cranks of the Cuttlebug, you can produce the most incredible textures. The So Saffron paisley layer is adhered to Purely Pomegranate textured card stock and a Glorious Green card base. The Photo Corners Punch took a bit out of Glorious Green. TIP: Try using a Cuttlebug embossing folder before punching to kick out some sassy textured shapes, like these "dotted" photo corners.
I then used markers to add 3 colors (Glorious Green, So Saffron, Rose Red) on top of the layer of Versamark. TIP: If I wasn't eliminating the heart, I could have stamped with a Versamark pad . . . however, it's recommended that you stamp off once if you use the pad so it's not too sticky to add color to. I haven't personally tried it.
The image was stamped on Whisper White and heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. TIP: After applying the markers on top of the Versamark, be sure to wipe them on a piece of scratch paper to remove any residue.
I stamped the Whimsy balloon in Purely Pomegranate, cut it out to look like an egg and mounted it on Stampin' Dimensionals for a little 3-D. The flower was then mounted on a layer of So Saffron followed by Glorious Green.
TIP: Layering a sentiment over a softer image stamp is an easy way to add some jazz. "Easter Wishes" is inked in Purely Pomegranate and layered over some saffron flowers from the Merci set. My final touch was to back it with a pomegranate scallop.
Hugs and Pretties . . . Mary
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Stamp Sets: Birthday Whimsy (Sale-A-Bration, 111401), Merci (Sale-A-Bration, 111407), All Holidays (109397)
Paper: Glorious Green (101697), Purely Pomegranate Textured (In Color Assorted, 108694), So Saffron (105118), Whisper White (100730)
Ink: Glorious Green Marker (100047), So Saffron Ink Pad (105213) and Marker (105114), Purely Pomegranate (109011), Rose Red Marker (100063), VersaMarker (100901)
Cool Tools: Scallop Circle Punch (109043), 1 3/8" Circle Punch (104401), Photo Corners Punch (109042), Heat Tool (100005), Cuttlebug (available at Create for Less)
The Perfect Touch: Clear Embossing Powder (109130), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Cuttlebug Paisley and Swiss Dots Embossing Folders
Inspiration: Splitcoast Stampers Color Challenge CC156