Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ribbon Thread Technique - Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog hop

Welcome back blog hoppers!! I am super excited to have you here today ... It is a big day! I am posting my very first ever technique video!!! Eeekk!! Lets hope that it is not as terrible as a first kiss!

In July at Stampin' Up!'s Convention I participated in an organized WOW card swap. I have yet to share this card with you and thought today was the perfect day!

I like to think I invented this technique but I am sure I am not the first to play with embossing powder and classic ink. None the less, I am calling it my Ombre Embossing Technique. It gave the "Hi There" greeting and the feather the ombre effect from Gold to Bermuda Bay.

This card inspired my Artisan cards this week. Here is why ...

I love the look of sewing on cards but am often too lazy to lug out my machine. I think one of my favorite details about sewing is the stray threads at the beginning and end of the stitch line. If you follow my work you know my favorite technique is to loop bakers twine behind punched and cut layers on a project (just check out the card above!). I wanted to make that loop of thread a little bit more delicate and feminine. Because I am obsessed with gold right now I also wanted it to be gold. Here is what my vision looked like ...

I started to play with the gold bakers twine. I pulled the gold thread out of the twine and got a curled piece of thread. Swoon!! I wanted to see if I could straighten that piece. After pulling and playing with it I had no luck. Then I remembered a technique that I have not done in eons. Our new Gold 1/8" Ribbon could be frayed to create gold thread!!!

Now can you believe that I filmed a second video!? After all, we never stop at just one kiss, right?!

Take a closer look at these cards using this technique:

The water color back ground was created using an Aqua Painter and a Classic Ink Pad.
 Check out this technique here.

Can you see the raised glossy finish on the leaves?? I simply applied a small amount of Chrystal Effects
I have not played with this in ages. The first thing I loved was the new bottle and lid!
This multi-use product lasts forever! When I posted a pic on Instagram I was surprised how many of us had no idea that the bottle was redesigned. Seriously, that is how long it will last you!
The background paper on this card was created using the Polka Dot Tag A Bag Gift Bags.
The white feather is not a Stampin' Up! product. I purchased these at a local dollar store.
A super fun and trendy accent to this card!
You will notice that the "Hello" and stamped banner behind are created using the Ombre Embossing Technique noted above. I just can not get enough of this technique or the color combination.

I hope that I have inspired you with a couple of new techniques.

Continue hopping with the amazing Lisa Harlow!!

Thanks for reading my friends! Have a creative day!


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