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  • Debbie Gaetz, Bella Carta

Thanks, Jennifer McGuire!

Yikes! It's been since the end of November since I've shared something artsy with you. Two trips to London, the holidays, a trip to Orlando, a trip to Palm Springs, and a month of the awful crud has certainly turned the daily routine of life upside down and sideways. Trying to catch up is another saga.

I saw this technique on one of Jennifer McGuire's videos and loved it. It requires a layered stamp set, a stamp positioner like the Misti, VersaMark ink and Perfect Pearls.

Jennifer McGuire, Altenew, Ranger Perfect Pearls, Tsukineko VersaMark Ink,, PoppyStamps, MISTI

Altenew "Beautiful Day" Layered Stamp Set

Ranger's Perfect Pearls in Pink Gumball

Tsukineko's VersaMark ink

PoppyStamps' "Fancy Celebrate" Die 1248

Rhinestones from KaiserCraft

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

Black Card Stock (stamp panel)

Mirricard card stock in Pink (mat panel)

JudiKins' Diamond Glaze (to adhere rhinestones and die cut)

Matte Finish Fixative

MISTI stamp positioner

On black card stock, stamp the solid floral image with VersaMark. Apply Perfect Pearls with a soft brush over the entire image. In the same stamping position, stamp the next layering stamp with VersaMark. It will pick up the Perfect Pearl color of that design. Immediately wash your stamp to remove the Perfect Pearls. Spray a fixative if you want to work with the stamped card panel right away to avoid smearing.

Layer the stamped panel onto pink Mirricard card stock, and then adhere both layers onto an A2 top-fold card base. Die-cut the "celebrate" from the same Mirricard card stock and adhere to the top panel. Randomly apply rhinestones in light purple and pink.

It's difficult to show how beautiful the stamped image becomes using this technique. I tried to take a close-up photo and it really doesn't capture the real "glow". So, you'll have to try this technique to see the real deal!

I participated in a craft sale with some friends this last weekend. I thought I had a lot of stuff . . . and it didn't even make a visual dent in my overall supply stash. A huge project to continue with to prepare for another craft sale in a few months . . . and/or donations to the elementary schools. My stash has to fit inside my studio somehow.

I'm off to Anaheim tonight for the Stamp and Scrapbook Expo in Anaheim, California at the convention center. I'll be working the Local King Rubber Stamp booth with the owner and creator, Lisa Yang. I'll be back here next week . . . I promise!

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