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Watercolouring Meets Embossing

Welcome to another month of blog hopping! I hope you'll hop along with all of us... find all the links below. ;) This month we're showcasing embossing! This was, and still is, a big WOW when I'm creating. I've been watercolouring a lot lately, so I thought I mix it with some embossing and see what came from it.

I started by embossing the large floral image in white and then, using my Aqua Painter & Inks, I started watercolouring the image & surrounding area. Having the embossed outline kinda keeps the colour where you want it and you're not left with a bold outline. When I watercolour, I just wing it and see where the colours take me. 

Once the paper was all dry, I added the smaller floral image and embossed those in copper. I added them to the inside of the card too (see below). So this is sorta a double-embossed card.

You may have noticed the thin twine/thread wrap on the front of my card. I wanted to add ribbon or twine, but without the bulk. I grabbed my White Twine and pulled it apart like so:

You get four single strands and I mixed those with Copper Thread, wrapping all together around my card a few times and tying in a bow. To finish things off, I added some Wink of Stella to the flower for a hint of glimmer. It's a shame that doesn't show well in photos!

The Rose Wonder Stamp Set is one I've owned for a long time, but sadly, have rarely used. I think I've got to make more of an effort to ink it up now & then. What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out the other bloggers:

1. A La Cards (Leena)
2. Lolly & Sand (Sandy)
3. justBstamping (Barb)
4. Stamping with Jen (Jen)
5. Hofkissed (Steph) << You Are Here

Until next time, stay crafty!

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Paper Pumpkin - Alternative Projects for February 2018

As promised in yesterday's YouTube video (see below), here are pictures of all my Paper Pumpkin alternative projects I came up with. If you received the February 2018 kit, Wildflower Wishes, you may love some of these ideas. If you haven't received it, you should subscribe! Until March 31st, you can earn additional FREE products during Sale-A-Bration. See all the details below...

Above, I basically used all the pieces from the kit. You got so many floral stickers, they were screaming to be put onto a card! The only additional product I used here were some Narrow Note Cards and Envelopes. Do you see the "hi"? You get lots of letters in the kit (that aren't used on the projects)... I talk more about that later.

For now, here's a better look at that floral arrangement - maybe you caught a glimpse of my project on my Instagram feed yesterday.

The next card also uses Note Cards & Envelopes, but these are the regular ones. I cut apart an envelope to get the floral background layer and the tag is from a past Paper Pumpkin kit. I used some scraps and the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch.

Here you can see how I cut apart one of the envelopes. Measuring from the bottom, I cut off 3". The bottom pocket was used for one project, pictured below, and the top piece is what I cut apart and used above.

For this pocket card, I used the Petal Passion Designer Series Paper and Crushed Curry Ink & Paper to coordinate with the flower. To cut the notches for the gift card, I easily cut those with dies from the Lots to Love Box Framelits.

I thought it would be fun to tuck a little stamping in behind the gift card area. A fun surprise for the recipient when the card is removed.

This last card is probably my favourite. To get the leaf detail on the card base, I used one of the "garbage" pieces from punchouts from the kit as a stencil, grabbed a Sponge Dauber and sponged on some colour. On the left, I ran a piece of Garden Green Card Stock  through the Big Shot using the newly released freebie from Sale-A-Bration - the Basket Weave Dynamic Texture Embossing Folder. You too can can get this folder for free (plus a stamp set) with any $120 order. It'll also be in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue. ;)

To get the little basket, I punched a piece of Garden Green with the Pretty Label Punch, chopped it in half and cut off the bottom to make it flat, like a pot.

You might be wondering how I got those "p's" to spell happy. Well, I run it down for you in my video, but here is a still shot of all the letters you get in the kit and some of my favourite words you can spell with them. To get the "p's", you just need to turn the "d" from friend upside down. ;)

If you haven't checked out my video already, here it is:

Before I go, I wanted to mention that until March 31, you can earn additional FREE products thanks to Sale-A-Bration. It really is the perfect time to give a Paper Pumpkiin subscription a try... or add to your already existing one. If you don't already have a demonstrator, I'd love for you to choose me - Steph VanDorp.

If you choose to sign up for the 12-month subscription ($295), I highly suggest bumping up your order by $5 so that you could earn FIVE Sale-A-Bration freebies. That's in addition to saving $2/month on your subsciption AND $30 in Hostess Dollars!

Purchase a subscription by clicking on the picture below. Once you get your code, add it to your Paper Pumpkin account BEFORE March 10th to get in on the special 5th Anniversary Paper Pumpkin & free gift!

Until next time, stay crafty!

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