Thursday, July 14, 2016

Wetlands Shadow Box

Hi there, 

I'm here today to share with you a variation on a shadow box, using the two new July Reveal Wetlands 1 (790) and 2 (791) sets and the Just Go Fishing set. Silhouette sets are definitely up there as my favorite sets to play with and these two new sets are no exception. I thought I would try to make a scene and so instead of just stamping on top of other images, I thought I could layer them by stamping them and heat embossing on Embossable Acetate.

Wetlands Shadow Box

To begin with, I created my background by brayering a piece of white glossy cardstock with the Big and Juicy Soothing Sunset ink pad. I then took the water and horizon stamp and stamped it on to the prepared background in Versamark and then turned the image upside down and continued with more water to the bottom of the background. This was then heat embossed with Black Detail.

Wetlands Shadow Box

Dad and son fishing image was stamped on to a 4 3/4" x 6 x 3/4" piece of embossable acetate. This was prepared with a lot of anti-static powder prior to being stamped with the Versamark. The humidity was really high today! I heat embossed with Black Detail.

Wetlands Shadow Box

On the second layer of acetate, I stamped the flying birds and the two lily pads as shown. They were then also heat embossed with Black Detail. I put the background behind the acetate so that I could make the placement of the lily pads more easily.

Wetlands Shadow Box

Then I popped each of the acetate layers on top of one another on top of the base, using Foam Squares.

Wetlands Shadow Box

For the frame, I started with a piece of glossy white cardstock and stamped the hanging branches in Versamark at the top of the frame and heat embossed with Concord. The bottom grasses and upside down hanging branches were stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with Sienna, those are two of the Tuscany colors, which show great detail and I thought paired well with my sunset background.

Wetlands Shadow Box

After the frame was stamped, I cut out the middle and sponged the frame with Memento inks, Cantaloupe and Sweet Plum.

Wetlands Shadow Box

I also added more foliage to the back of the bottom for more dimension. The frame was then taped to the top layer of acetate.

Wetlands Shadow Box

I edged a piece of 5" x 7" white card with 1/2" Tear-ific Tape and added Rose Gold Velvet Glitter before attaching the finished front to the edged base.

Wetlands Shadow Box

The acetate makes the photography more challenging.  I hope you can see the dimension that the layers make though and that I have encouraged you to give stamping on acetate a try.

I'd like to join in the following challenges:

Till next time,

Shona

Friday, July 8, 2016

CONGRATS. GRAD!

Hi there,

Well I'm back from a whirlwind visit to Scotland, Italy and back to Scotland. My eldest son Struan, graduated from St. Andrews University, so the family went over to attend the ceremony.


While we were there, we had also organized a family reunion the Sunday after we arrived on the Saturday. We got a great turnout - 56, including my parents, my three brothers, all my aunts and uncles, cousins, nephew's and nieces and one fourth generation baby! There were also 6 close family friends.

After the Graduation on the Tuesday, David, Calum and I took a week's vacation to Rome, Italy. We had a wonderful time, staying with my first landlady and landlord, visiting old friends (new for Calum), lying on the beach, checking out some old haunts and restaurants. Rome has been cleaned up considerably from when I worked there 30 years ago. It was also while some of the Euro soccer games were being played, so Calum got to watch a few games with real Italians, which was a real treat for him!

We then came back through Scotland for a few days, to pick up bags that Struan had accumulated over the four years, and flew back on the 4th of July. Mum and Dad will come out to us on the 21st of July, so it wasn't too hard to leave this time.

So that's the last three weeks in a nutshell, now back to reality! For my card today, I'd like to share what I made for Struan's Graduation.


I created the background, the St. Andrew's Cross, the Saltire, the national Scottish flag by adhering a piece of Super Adhesive Tape to white cardstock. After removing the protective backing, I lay 3/4" Tear-ific Tape down from corner to corner and applied Cobalt Glaze to the remaining sticky areas.


The backing was then removed from the two strips (I cut the backing of the top strip where it crossed over the bottom strip using an exacto blade). Then Cloud Nine was applied to the cross. This piece was layered to a blue layer, before the glossy white card base.


I used the Impression Obsession Die (DIE296-T) to cut out the graduates from black cardstock, I then covered the piece with Versamark and heat embossed with Black Detail, to give them a shinier appearance. They were attached with foam squares for dimension. The sentiment and scroll (from Graduation Set 435) were stamped together on white glossy cardstock with Versamark and then this was heat embossed with Cerulean (one of the detailed Tuscany colors, which work really well on script and detailed images).


I then cut this out as a banner and added to the finished card with Foam Squares again for dimension.


 ... and that finished off my card for my graduated boy! Here he is on graduation day:


I'd like to join in the following challenges with this card:
The Sister Hood of Crafters: Create your own background
Dream Valley Challenges: The color of your flag (Scotland)

Hope you've enjoyed my share today! Will be back again soon, have a lot of catching up to do!

Hugs,

Shona

CONGRATS. GRAD!

Hi there,

Well I'm back from a whirlwind visit to Scotland, Italy and back to Scotland. My eldest son Struan, graduated from St. Andrews University, so the family went over to attend the ceremony. While we were there, we had also organized a family reunion the Sunday after we arrived on the Saturday. We got a great turnout - 56, including my parents, my three brothers, all my aunts and uncles, cousins, nephew's and nieces and one fourth generation baby! There were also 6 close family friends.

After the Graduation on the Tuesday, David, Calum and I took a week's vacation to Rome, Italy. We had a wonderful time, staying with my first landlady and landlord, visiting old friends (new for Calum), lying on the beach, checking out some old haunts and restaurants. Rome has been cleaned up considerably from when I worked there 30 years ago. It was also while some of the Euro soccer games were being played, so Calum got to watch a few games with real Italians, which was a real treat for him!

We then came back through Scotland for a few days, to pick up bags that Struan had accumulated over the four years, and flew back on the 4th of July. Mum and Dad will come out to us on the 21st of July, so it wasn't too hard to leave this time.

So that's the last three weeks in a nutshell, now back to reality! For my card today, I'd like to share what I made for Struan's Graduation.


I created the background, the St. Andrew's Cross, the Saltire, the national Scottish flag by adhering a piece of Super Adhesive Tape to white cardstock. After removing the protective backing, I lay 3/4" Tear-ific Tape down from corner to corner and applied Cobalt Glaze to the remaining sticky areas.


The backing was then removed from the two strips (I cut the backing of the top strip where it crossed over the bottom strip using an exacto blade). Then Cloud Nine was applied to the cross. This piece was layered to a blue layer, before the glossy white card base.


I used the Impression Obsession Die (DIE296-T) to cut out the graduates from black cardstock, I then covered the piece with Versamark and heat embossed with Black Detail, to give them a shinier appearance. They were attached with foam squares for dimension. The sentiment and scroll (from Graduation Set 435) were stamped together on white glossy cardstock with Versamark and then this was heat embossed with Cerulean (one of the detailed Tuscany colors, which work really well on script and detailed images).


I then cut this out as a banner and added to the finished card with Foam Squares again for dimension.


 ... and that finished off my card for my graduated boy! Here he is on graduation day:


I'd like to join in the following challenges with this card:
The Sister Hood of Crafters: Create your own background
Dream Valley Challenges: The color of your flag (Scotland)

Hope you've enjoyed my share today! Will be back again soon, have a lot of catching up to do!

Hugs,

Shona

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

BLEACHED FRIEND OF MINE

Hi there,

This is a scheduled post today, as I am in Scotland at my son, Struan's graduation and then jumping down to Italy for a week to visit old friends tomorrow. I am sharing a card using the new Wild Rose Stamp Set 785 and sentiment from the Nasturtium 2 Set 783, from the June Reveal.

Bleached Wild Rose

To begin, I stamped the Wild Rose image in the four corners of the black cardstock square in Versamark and heat embossed with White Detail. The leaves and petals were "colored" using an Aqua Pen filled with bleach. The sentiment was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Black Detail and I just tore around the saying. I used three copper brads to attach to the center of the front.  Sheer gold ribbon was wrapped around the bottom left corner and was attached to the back of the panel. This was layered to Kraft cardstock, which was pierced.

Bleached Wild Rose

A gold brad was dipped in Versamark and heat embossed with Black Detail. This was then wrapped around a little hand made bow and inserted through the ribbon to the back. The front panel was layered to black and finally to a white base to finish.

Bleached Wild Rose

Hope you've enjoyed this quick share today.

Till next time,

Shona