Last Wednesday, I traveled down to Bloomington with my niece, Amanda, to take a load of her stuff down to IU for her senior year. I graduated from IU, and hadn't been on the campus for nearly 2 decades, so it was fun to walk around and see what had changed. And, no, it didn't make me feel old...heh. Here we are, very hot and sweaty from the 96° heat, with the clock tower in the background.
Then, on Friday, I traveled to Hammond, IN, with my aunt Jan to see Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard at the Horseshoe Casino! For those who don't know...I love Clay (<<<understatement), and have attended about "mumble 20 mumblety" shows over the past 7 years, but it had been nearly three years since his last concert. It was a fantastic show—part concert and part hilarious variety show, similar to the Sony and Cher shows I watched as a kid! If you were a fan of Clay v. Ruben on Idol, be sure to check out their opening song, set up as an American Idol re-match. Too funny! It was Friday the 13th, so I was hoping to get lucky at the nickel slot machines, too...and I was lucky enough to only lose $8! Yay!
Back To Stamping!
On Saturday, our family had a quadruple birthday party for two nieces, a nephew and my father-in-law. Whew! Lots of cards to make all at once for that event! Here's a card that I created for Ellie, who turned 7!
There are a couple of neat little techniques on this card, and I'll also be doing this one for my Stamp Club this coming Friday!
I used the Sweet Scoops stamp set from the Summer Mini (it's only available until August 31). I added texture to the ice cream scoops by clear embossing with the image from the textured stamp in that set. The texture stamp was designed to be used with the kissing technique, like I did on the card in this post. Instead, I stamped the scoops first (in Chocolate Chip, Blushing Bride and Peach Parfait), then stamped the texture with VersaMark over the top. The Clear Embossing Powder makes the ice cream glisten like it's melting a bit. I cut out each scoop and layered them precariously on the top of the cone, stamped in Crumb Cake.
The ice cream cone is layered on a scallop rectangle that I created with the Scallop Square Bigz Die. Did you know you can create smaller square and rectangular scalloped shapes this way? You can!
Simply run your card stock through the Big Shot with the Scallop Square die first, then run it through again to cut off some of the scallops. Count over however many scallops you want to keep, then line the last one up in the corner.
TIP: Make sure that your previously cut scallops are aligned flush with the die scallops, especially at the corner, or you may get a funky shaped corner, or re-cut scallops along the top. You can always use some Dotto, or other repositionable adhesive to hold the card stock in place.Embedded Embossing
I love the background paper on this card—it looks like it's one layer of decorative paper, but it's not! It's a technique I ran across recently at Kathy Hamrick's Country Roads blog, and I thought it was Too Cool! I'm not sure what the stamping world is calling it, but I'm referring to it as Embedded Embossing.
I started with Chocolate Chip card stock, then added punched circles of different sizes in Melon Mambo, Peach Parfait and Blushing Bride. I used the 3/4" Circle, 1/2" Circle and Itty Bitty Circle punches. Once all the circles are adhered, run the sheet through the Big Shot with the Square Lattice Impressions Folder. The folder virtually embeds the circles (or whatever shape you want) to the base sheet. Awesome! I think it would be fun to play with flower shapes or even large stripes of card stock. Ooooh—all kinds of ways to try it!Colored Heat Embossing
Another little known technique is colored heat embossing. Of course, the easiest way to achieve colors with embossing is to use the opaque and sticky Craft Ink—stamp with it and emboss in clear! But, when you only have Classic Ink, you can still create the same look. First, ink your stamp in the clear and stick VersaMark Ink, then immediately ink it in ANY color of Classic Ink and stamp your image. Then, sprinkle with Clear Embossing Powder and heat with the Heat Tool. That's how I created the embossed sentiment in Melon Mambo Classic Ink. Try it! TIP: Make sure you clean your stamp before re-VersaMarking, or you're VersaMark pad will get contaminated!
Angie (and Ellie!)