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  • Debbie Gaetz, Bella Carta

Easter Blessings

UPDATED COMMENT: This post was to have posted early Saturday morning and it didn't. So here it is.

The day didn't go quite as planned. I lost track of time after lunch and squeezed in too many errands before returning to Puyallup. That meant I had to cancel, AGAIN, my Italian tutoring lesson. Dang!

Before dinner, I sorted through my stash of embossing folders; I hope I found them all! Inevitably, I came across a few duplicates. Then the Gonzaga U v. Syracuse basketball tournament game started. I managed to stay somewhat distracted while I ate my dinner; if I focused too much, Gonzaga was certain to lose. I went into the studio to begin my card, totally ignoring the game. Unfortunately, Gonzaga did lose. Had they not given so many turn-overs, I'm sure they would have won.

While sorting through the embossing folders, I found a few that I wanted to work with immediately. I chose this one from Elizabeth Craft Designs, Curvy Leaves, and decided to use it with a piece of Shimmer Sheetz from ECD. Now that I have the Shimmer Sheetz all together in one spot, they were easy to access. After running it through the embossing machine and using extra fine grit sandpaper, I "scrubbed" over the embossed image to remove the iridescense so the colors would be accepted onto the otherwise shiny, slick surface. I brought out my StazOn solvent inks and ink daubers. You won't believe all of the colors I used to achieve this look.

Elizabeth Craft Designs, Paper Inspirations, Spellbinders, IMAGINE Crafts, Tsukineko, StazOn, VersaMark, Curious Metallic Card Stock, Neenah Classic Crest Card Stock, Shimmer Sheetz!, Embossing Folder, Ranger, Memory Box

Then I used the Spellbinders "Card Creator" Modern Stationery die set. For the base card, I used Neenah Classic Crest 80 lb. card stock in Solar White. I scored a full sheet in half to a 5.5 x 8.5 size. I laid the largest nested die along the fold from the outside (the fold was inside the die cutting area). I then cut a single layer of Curious Metallic card stock in Mandarin for the next size down; and then the embossed Shimmer Sheetz was cut with the next smaller size.

On a scrap piece of the metallic card stock, I stamped the sentiment with VersaMark and embossed with Queen's Gold powder. I used a template I had made from the Memory Box "Primo Labels" die to make sure it fit around the words, inserted the die into the template, and ran it through the die-cutting machine. It was adhered with a thin piece of foam mounting tape. Scrap pieces of ribbon were used to tie onto the top panel.

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Yellow Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz; Curvy Leaves Embossing Folder (105)

Paper Inspirations: Victorian Easter Blessings stamp E9206

IMAGINE Crafts' Tsukineko StazOn solvent ink: Pumpkin; Vibrant Violet; Mustard; Sunflower Yellow; St. Valentine; Cherry Pink; finger tip ink daubers

Spellbinders: Card Creator Die Set "5x7 Modern Stationery" S6-013

Memory Box: Primo Labels 98139

Ranger: Queen's Gold Embossing Powder

Making this card reminded me how much I've enjoyed working with Shimmer Sheetz, StazOn inks and alcohol inks. I just might have to keep those few "must play with now" embossing folders out for a few more days.

Here is another variation of the same card design. This time, I didn't sand or color the iridescent Shimmer Sheetz. The iridescence and embossing design was enough.

Cuttlebug, Anna Griffin, Elizabeth Craft Designs, Neenah Classic Linen Cover Card Stock, Queen & Co.

Embossing folder from Cuttlebug: Regal Braid by Anna Griffin

Bubbles in green from Queen & Co.

Easter Blessings stamped with IMAGINE Crafts' Delicata in Golden Glitz; die cut with a Spellbinders' die

Base Card: Neenah Classic Linen Cover Stock 80# in Solar White

Tomorrow I will share with you a couple of Easter cards I made with a new stencil from Echo Park Paper Co.

From Helene Metivier of Magenta, a beautifully bright and cheery Easter card!

Click on this link to Helene's posting on the Magenta blog:

I love this card on the Magenta blog by Bianca van Noort. She's using Nuance and one of the new sentiment stamps now available only at Art 'n Soul until it's officially released.

Magenta Style, Bianca van Noort, Nuance

Click on this link to Bianca's post on the Magenta blog:

Impression Obsession has been having a Spring Die Hop and this is Dina Kowal's creation for the second day. I'll have to check at Art 'n Soul to see if, by chance, this die was part of their recent order and a spare one might be still avaialble to purchase.

Click on this link to Dina's posting:

And here is Vicki Garrett's posting for the same die hop. She's used a wonderful Impression Obsession die and stamp set that is from one of the most wonderful songs ever sung by the late Louis Amrstrong!

Click on this link to Vicki's posting:

Yay for tomorrow! I am taking a Coptic binding class in Tukwila tomorrow. Today I signed up for Pam Nelson's second Die Cuts with Nuance class on May 4 at Art 'n Soul. I couldn't take the April 30 class because we're returning from London that day; I'm elated she chose to repeat the class.

Thanks for stopping in. On one of your visits, I hope you'll leave a comment so I know how we're doing with My Artsy View! Every visit and every comment is indeed welcome!

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