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  • Debbie Gaetz, Bella Carta

What a Wonderful World

It IS a wonderful world. I can even say that on a Monday! The sun was out in full glory today . . . our thermometer read 88 degrees this afternoon. Its too early in the year to enjoy that kind of summer day on a regular basis, so we'll take it when it shows up. It was our nephew's 47th birthday too. I spent the day making potato salad and homemade apple pie for the family celebration.

My card today was inspired by Penny Ward; she's always creating beautiful cards. She posted this card on her blog and entered three challenges with it. I immediately liked it.

Penny Ward

I loved the simplicity of it and the masking technique that Penny used. I made my nephew's birthday card on kraft card stock for last night's birthday dinner. Today, I've used the same mask but with a different outcome. I used stamps from Magenta.

Click on this link to go to Penny's blog for all of the details:

Magenta Style, Spellbinders, IMAGINE Crafts, Tsukineko, Memento Ink, VersaMark, Ranger, Heat Embossing, Pretty Pink Posh, Spellbinders, Stampendous, Conqueror Cover Card Stock, Linen Card Stock, Vellum

I cut the deckled rectangle die and used the remaining frame as the mask. Memento ink was applied directly to the card stock. The point of the Dew Drop helped get into the four corners very nicely.

I let the panel sit for a few minutes and then used the heat gun to make sure it was dry. After rubbing the embossing buddy over the entire inked area, I stamped the tree with VersaMark and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.

The sentiment was stamped onto vellum with VersaMark and heat embossed with white embossing powder. It was hand torn; each

end was wrapped around the side of the panel. The panel was adhered to the card base. Clear drops were added to the vellum strip; they look like dew drops.

The stamping panel is linen card stock. When I embossed the inked image, some of the embossing powder went into the tiny crevices of the linen texture. I didn't notice it until the heat gun was turned off. My initial reaction was "darn!" Then I looked at it a second tie and liked what I saw . . . a small shower of gold dust behind the tree.

I hope you can see the shower of gold dust.

Magenta Stamps:

Bushy Branch 0692.M

Beautiful Lives 07.844.J

Spellbinders: Deckled Rectangle Nestabilities Die

IMAGINE Crafts Tsukineko Memento (Dew Drop) in Bahama Blue; VersaMark

Ranger: Queen's Gold Fine Detail Embossing Powder

Stampendous: White Embossing Powder

Clear Drops by Pretty Pink Posh

Conqueror 118# Cover Card Stock in Diamond White (base card)

White Linen Card Stock (top panel)

Vellum Finish Paper in Clear

You'll want to give this technique a try. It's so easy and offers so many possibilities. A special thank you "shout out" to Penny Ward for her inspiration.

On the Magenta blog, Dianne Johnson has posted this card using the Nuance watercolor powders with her pearly water mixture. I love the bubbles. And I especially love how she made the large bubble into the planet Earth to go with the "what a wonderful world" stamp.

Magenta Style, Nuance, Dianne Johnson, Watercolor Technique

Click on this link to go to Dianne's blog where she provides how-to information:

That's all for today. We're now in packing mode for our departure to London tomorrow night. In 2 sleeps we're going to be hugging our little granddaughters . . . yay!


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