Friday, September 6

TCM Anything Goes with a Technique Blog Hop

Hello and Welcome to The Craft's Meow September blog hop!!!
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If you came from my sweet friend Nina Brackett's blog, then you're right where you're supposed to be. If not, please head on over to The Craft's Meow blog to start from the beginning. 
This month we have a great theme and I guarantee that you are going to want to see all the what the designers are sharing today:)

Our theme this month is...Anything Goes and Share A Technique! Sound like fun?
I been wanting to try a couple of techniques so this hop was a perfect time to give them a go!

I honestly do not know what the name of the one is that I used on my first card. If I find out, I will share it here with you.

I started out with a scrap piece of paper that was the same size as the kraft panel on the card. I cut an oval in the center of the scrap paper using an SB Oval die. Using re-positional tape, I adhered the negative piece to the kraft panel and then I used a brayer to evenly apply white craft ink for the oval. 
After the craft ink dried and leaving the scrap paper in place, I stamped the flowers , leaves, and swirls. I used darker colors to make the images stand out better. All the images are from the newly released Folk Art Blooms set. 

The sentiment is from Timeless Tags

Here is a close up of the flowers.
I stamped the leave sprigs on the kraft panel using versamark ink to give them a watermark effect. I finished off the card with ribbon and rhinestones. 

The technique I used on my next card is called Faux Patina. I want to play around with this technique more using different colors!
To start with you will need to pick out an embossing folder and 4 different colored ink pads (one lighter shade, 2 medium shades and 1 darker shade). 
I used Sizzix Brocade Embossing folder and since Patina is typically shades of browns, greens and blues, I chose SU's Crumb Cake for the light shade, Mellow Moss and Baja Breeze for medium and Early Expresso for the dark. 

The first step is to ink up one side of the embossing folder with the light colored ink. This would be the side that has the lettering on it. I used my brayer to apply the ink to the folder. Lay the paper (I used a ivory colored paper) in top of the inked side of the folder, close and run through your embossing machine. 
Now you take the embossed paper and randomly sponge the two medium shades of ink over the lighter shade of ink. You do not want to completely cover each shade. You want be able to see the colors. After you are happy with the medium inks, randomly sponge the darkest ink over the other. Again, you do not want to completely cover the other shades. Let the inks dry completely. If you are impatient like I am, you can use your heat tool :0)

The last step is to add the metal look. Rub an embossing buddy or dryer sheet over the entire embossed panel. Using a versamark ink pad randomly tap the pad on the embossed panel. Like with sponging the inks, you do not want to cover the entire panel with versamark. 
Sprinkle gold embossing powder over the versamark ink and heat emboss. If you feel you have to much gold, you can brush some off before you emboss. If you feel you need more, tap more versamark ink to the panel, sprinkle the embossing powder and heat emboss. 

This technique was a lot easier than I thought it was!

Here is a close-up of the Faux Patina.
I wanted to keep the Faux Patina the focal of the card so I chose to use an image from the Beautiful Rose set.  The only embellishment is the ribbon. 

Like last month we are having another contest for a chance to win a $15 Gift Certificate to spend in the TCM store! All you have to do is create a project(s) with the theme "Anything Goes" and add it to the link on the TCM Blog by Sunday, September 15th at 8:00 pm Pacific to be eligible for the prize. 

I am your last stop on the hop today. I can't wait to see your creations for our contest! 
Thank you so much for hopping with us!


Stacey Schafer said...

beautiful cards, Sharri!

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Like the craft white ink in the 1st. Like the vintage golden look of 2nd.
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

quilt4fun2 said...

Both techniques are interesting and beautiful. I like the watermarked leaves and how you did the white for the flowers in the oval...Beautiful. The Faux Patina looks awesome and I like the touch of gold. Wonderful job.
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Angelica said...

This is so beautiful! I love embossing and the metallics!

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Fabulous cards. TFS

Lagene said...

Gorgeous cards! The faux patina is especially beautiful!

Emily H said...

Oh my! These are absolutely breathtaking!! I just love them!

Larissa Heskett said...

LOVING these!! Such a GREAT designs and those colors are so Beautiful on both!! THANKS for sharing and have a Fabulous Week!! =)