Thursday, July 14, 2016

Heat embossing with pigment ink

Hello there.  
As soon as I saw the Concord and 9th Brushed Blossom stamp set I knew what I wanted to create and the set jumped right into my cart the day it released.

I stamped the flowers and sentiment with Avery Elle's Pigment ink and then heat embossed the images with clear embossing powder from Simon Says Stamp.
Initially I heat embossed the flower image after stamping them all and quickly realized that the ink was not wet enough for the embossing powder to stick to. So after using the pigment ink I restamped with Versamark--the Misti tool made this super easy and quick. This extra step made all the difference, giving the entire image a subtle shiny look.

The stamp set includes splatters, but I was too chicken to use them on this set of cards.

The Online Card Class Heat Wave featured advanced heat embossing techniques on day 3.  One of the lessons was to use multiple colors of embossing powders with layered stamps.  Well I don't own many colors of embossing powder and 'adjusted' the lesson with the supplies I had on hand.

Heat embossing with clear powder over pigment ink also solves the issue of drying time. Pigment inks take FOREVER to dry because they aren't absorbed by the paper.  Clear heat embossing locks in the pigment ink and eliminates the drying time. The end result provides an image with subtle shine.

Thanks for stopping by.
Marisol

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Heat Wave Day 1 Continued

Hello,
I spent some time yesterday getting to know the properties of the different types of embossing  powders.

First is the Ultra High Metallic Silver Embossing powder by WOW!
The granule's are much bigger than the traditional powders.  The finished look gives a dimensional look to these die cut words.  Initially the powder was not as smooth as in the photo and so I added more heat and the end result is smooth and fabulous.  The stars look like metallic embellishments.  

 The second powder I tried is a sparkle powder with a clear base (purchased at a local craft store).  The detail of this powder is very difficult to capture on camera.  The sparkle looks holographic in real life.  The final result is very textured to the touch.
And then there is my favorite. The Black Sparkle by Ranger.  Initally I thought this powder would fly everywhere, but it didn't.  The sparkle is awesome.  I used white cardstock for all the die cuts and was impressed with the coverage of the powder.  The glitter is smoother than the previous example.

I used Versamark as the sticky ink and applied tips offered by Yana, an instructor in the class.  She offered a bunch of tips yesterday...really awesome ones.  
Thanks for stopping by.
Marisol

Monday, July 11, 2016

Heatwave Day 1

Heat Embossing

I really don't like heat embossing.  I find it to be very messy, mostly because I'm clumsy and knock over the jar of powder. I almost always forget to use the powder tool and the embossing is blotchy at times.  
Hence why I enrolled in the online card class...Heatwave. I'm hoping that the class will help me become better at heat embossing and learn to like it more. 

For today's card I used the most basic type of heat embossing, except that for the sentiment I used Smokey Gray Versafine Ink with an Opaque Sparkle Embossing Powder. For the embossed flowers I used Clear Versamark ink with the same powder.
The sentiment appears darker than the flowers because of the colored ink...making the sentiment 'stand out'.

Based on today's lessons I adjusted how I emboss.  I used lots of the powder tool on the cardstock and even on my hands to reduce the probabilty of having stray powder on the card. I also kept a dryer sheet handy to clean up with.  


Thanks for stopping by.
Marisol

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Project Life 2016 {Week 9}

{Week 9}

This week included a PromPosal, haircuts, a cute sweater dress, and the hard decison to rehome our cat. 
Here's a closer look at Week 9
 
Lots of stamping this week. Lots of stamping.
I used StazOn Ink in both black and white to stamp directly on the photos.  

I got creative with the Kelly Purkey Greenpoint and Williamsburg Alphabet Stamps for my Weekly Title Card.

Thanks for stopping by.
Marisol


Project Life 2016 {Week 8}

{Week 8}

Here's a closer look at Week 8

Our February break happened during week 8.
SNOW!!!!
We finally got snow.  We have been waiting for a really heavy snow fall and boy did we get it.
We spent lots of time indoors, played lots of Skip-Bo and went a bit stir crazy at one point but overall enjoyed the time off.
The highlight of the week was the snow storm and the visit from my dad and step-mom.  
I used my typewriter this week...I have to remember to use it more often. 
Lots of pictures in this week's spread.  The top left photo is of the box of chocolate's I received for Valentine's day. I slapped a DIY label, a flair button and a heart shaped paperclip onto to the photo and called it a day!
Keep it simple...those three words are helping me stay up to date.

Thanks for stopping by.
Marisol



Project Life 2016 {Week 7}

{Week 7}


Here's a closer look at Week 7

I didn't take many photos this week.  And it didn't stress me out. YAY ME!
I simply spelled out the word 'WEEK' added the number 7 and the dates with a roller date stamp and called it a day.  
I stamped directly on the top right photo and added a clear overlay to the bottom photo.
Supplies:
  • Plastic clear overlay// Becky Higgins
  • I love this moment // 100% Me stamp set// Clearly Kelly 
  • Greenpoint Alphabet Stamp//Kelly Purkey stamp set
  • Project Life Design H Page Protectors//Becky Higgins 
  • Journaling cards//Studio Calico
I'm really liking the 6x12 album size.
I am no longer feeling pressured to 'fill the pockets'.
Thanks for stopping by.
Marisol



Project Life Week 6

{Week 6}

Here's a closer look at Week 6

This week I used a 'baseball card' page protector and cut off the third row to make it fit into my album.  I trimmed the photos and adhered them to a Studio Calico journaling card. I'm so glad I stocked up on those because they are no longer available.
As per the usual I used a couple of Kelly Purkey Alphabet Stamps.
The 'It's a colorful life' card is layered over another card.
The musical notes stamps under the word 'Kareoke' is from an older Studio Calico Project Life kit.
I'm working my way through my stash and loving it.
Thanks for stopping by.
Marisol