Monday, November 21, 2016

Revisiting Christmas Sentiments

I can’t believe that Christmas is only 5 weeks away!!  Yikes! Time has gotten away from me and I haven’t even started my Christmas cards yet.  I’m usually finished by now.  This weekend I’ll be hunkering down and plowing through the mess in my craft room to hopefully complete at least 60 cards (and probably make an even bigger mess, lol).  I’ll let you know if I’m successful.

With Christmas just around the corner, I wanted to take a minute to remind you of the FREE Christmas sentiments I have available.  I’ve put links to them below (just click on the preview below to be taken to the post with download links for the sentiment you wish to snag) and do hope you will take a minute or two to have a look and snag the ones you like.

 

11-29-13-Christmas Word Tree_PREVIEW_apieceofheartblog

12-06-13-Christmas Wishes Round_PREVIEW_apieceofheartblog

12-07-12-Deck The Halls preview

12-14-12-Tis The Season preview

12-21-12-Peace On Earth preview

 

 

I’ll be back soon with pictures of my cards and maybe another freebie or two.  Have a great day!

Friday, November 11, 2016

November Technique Blog Hop–Vellum and Acetate…

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This month it's all about the see through stuff...vellum and acetate.   At first I was feeling kind of stuck on what I would do with vellum.  I’ve never used the stuff before so I was feeling a little unsure of how to use it.  I jumped in with both feet with the first card but barely got my feet wet and I wasn’t very happy with the result.  Take a look…

Christmas Window_apieceofheartblog


I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the window design.  I purchased a piece of soft blue vellum to be used for the “glass” window.  With some white pigment ink and white embossing powder I created the snowflakes in the window. I adhered that to a piece of light blue cardstock.  The sentiment was created with a new stamp from Lawn Fawn (Winter Scripty Sayings).  I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of clear vellum with some black versafine ink.  Since vellum is a rather “slippery” surface, I poured some clear embossing powder over the top of the sentiment and heat set it to dry and prevent any smudging.  With the addition of a few silver snowflakes my card was complete.

 

Let It Snow_vellum_apieceofheartblog

 

 

I decided to try again in hopes of being a little more successful in my second attempt.  I thought it might be fun to see what happened if I ran my piece of clear vellum through my cuttlebug.  So I searched through my folders and found one that had a wintery feel to it.  It reminded me of snowflakes.  My daughters had given me some glitter embossing powder for my birthday so I figured it was the perfect time to use it. 

 

Close Up snowflake vellum_apieceofheartblog

 

After embossing my vellum, I used my handmade tool (a piece of wooden block and some fun foam) to spread some versamark embossing ink over the top of the embossed areas of the vellum.  Then I sprinkled the glitter embossing powder over it and heat set it to complete the process.  Some of the embossing glitter clung to the vellum but I thought it just gave an appearance of falling snow.

 

 

 

Best Of Everything_acetate_apieceofheartblog

 

 

My next card is made using acetate.  While I was at Michaels picking up the vellum, I decided to check out the acetate and two of them caught my eye.  This first one had some cool writing on it and I paired it with the little birdie and sweet sentiment to make a really clean and simple card.  Behind the acetate I put a piece of navy blue cardstock to help the words stand out more.  A little sponging on the sentiment with the same pink color I stamped the bird with and I was all done.

 

 

 

 

 



My last card for this hop was fun to put together.  I purchased this gold polka-dot foiled acetate sheet (the second one to catch my eye @ Michaels) and thought it would be perfect for a shaker card.   I used some gold, silver, red, and green sequins along with some clear chunky glitter for the shaker pieces.  The awesome sentiment stamp is another one from the Lawn Fawn Wintery Scripty Sayings set.  Love me some Lawn Fawn!

 

Seasons Greetings_acetate_apieceofheartblog 

 

Close Up stitching

 

I don’t know if you can tell but the white cardstock frame has some “stitched” lines around it.  I don’t have one of those fancy stitched dies (but I want one!!) so I decided to try and recreate the look using my Silhouette Cameo.  It isn’t quite as effective as the actual die would be but it’s a good runner up.  With the addition of a gold bow my card was complete.

 

 

That’s it for me.  Don’t forget to visit the rest of my friends to see what fun they had with this technique. Don’t forget to comment and show them some love.  Here’s today’s line up in case you get lost along the way:

Theresa
Debbie
Lisa
Kim
Jearise
Sharon *you are here*
Amanda