Saturday, February 22, 2014

Embossing with Pigment Inks

The name of my blog is Paper Crafting Sunshine. I live in the northwest where it the winter's can be long and the sunshine sparce. This winter especially has had a lot of rain and snow not to mention ice. Today I was in the mood for some sunshine so what better way then a bright cheery card?

I love pigment inks and find myself turning to them more and more often. One of the benefits of pigment ink is that it stays wet long enough to add embossing powder. For the background on this card I clear heat embossed over the top of these triangle banners. I love how it adds such a shiny, raised finish to any project.

These critters from Hero Arts are so fun to color and if you keep a stash of finished little guys then your card will come together fairly quickly. I used some dimensional adhesive to pop up the owls and also the sentiment frame behind them. I added some Glossy Accents to the eyes...and wah lah...done!

Here is a look at the finished card. Are you finding yourself pulling out spring colors in your crafting?

Happy Stamping!!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Technique Play - Happy Birthday Stencil Collage with Embossing Paste

It's been awhile since I took the time to work on collage techniques. Being snowed in last weekend gave me lots of time to spend crafting away. Though I combined several techniques, it came together much faster than it might seem.

I NEVER get tired of the look of resist with Distress Paint, and Antique Linen is my favorite. Notice the sun rays in the background, it gives such a subtle softness and you can keep playing over the top of it and the look will continue on through the several layers. LOVE!

The Heidi Swapp honeycomb stencil is just layer over the top of the rays and colored with Distress Inks and an Ink Blending Tool. The Happy Birthday was cut from white card stock and colored with a Copic Marker and blotted with some colorless blender on a piece of cloth. I never get tired of this gorgeous textured look. The Hero Arts bird I stamped in Cup O' Joe Shadow Ink. I stamped it on a scratch paper first to get a faded look on the card. 

To finish off background, I had to try Jennifer McGuire's idea of using glitter embossing powder over the stop of embossing paste. I used Simon Says Stamp Falling Stars Stencil for this.

This edge is done with the Hero Arts Five Line Background in Soft Pool and Impression Obsession "Spatter" in Soft Sand. 

Happy Stamping!!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Easy Background Floral Stamping

I am absolutely in love with the new Basic Grey 6x6 paper pad called Fresh Cut in Simon Says Stamp's February Card Kit.  Maybe I am done with the cold weather and just ready for spring or maybe these papers are just beautiful…or maybe…both.  I loved this floral print so much I felt it deserved to be framed, so I did just that. 

I also love the coordinating flower stamps that came in the card kit and decided to stamp a tone on tone background in Hero Arts Soft Pool Shadow Ink. Below are a couple of pictures of the process. It's so easy to do with results that make me happy.

Once the background stamping was complete I die cut two of the Fresh Cut papers, one for the centerpiece and one for the frame. I am loving the detail on the die cuts that I am getting with the Vagabond. The metal shim from My Favorite Things makes ALL the difference. 

I added some stitching lines around the edges with a white gel pen (above) and then went to work on the inside of the card and the envelope (below).

What card would be complete without a few scattered enamel dots? 

Stay warm wherever you are. Happy Stamping!!