Monday, June 11, 2012

What a way to start a Sunday morning at Art 'n Soul . . . a class using only Shimmer Sheetz led by Els with Elizabeth Craft Designs. The first project was to make a mosaic out of various shimmer sheets that had been embossed with embossing folders after alcohol inks had been applied, sanded and sometimes followed with an application of colored StazOn inks.

Each student was given two half sheets of shimmer sheets to apply alcohol inks to; and then each of us was asked to emboss and "do our thing" to make mosaic pieces. Those sheets were then cut in half vertically; then cut in 1-1/2" and/or 1" horizontal pieces. These pieces were then added to the pile of mosaic pieces Els has acquired over time to make our mosaic design.

I can tell you the colors and mosaics were glorious! Never be afraid to use color and never be afraid to sand after embossing. The gemstone sheets have a silver core and the iris sheets have a white core that will appear after you've sanded the sheet. Like I've always said, Shimmer Sheetz are indestructible and you can do just about anything to them . . . just don't worry and have fun! The more you work with them, the more creative you'll become. I never wanted to sand those beautiful sheets because I didn't want to touch their beauty. Now, I'm going to almost always sand to bring out the core color and/or to apply the StazOn ink to. Yippee . . . we're all going to love those Shimmer Sheetz even more now! While you're looking at these gorgeous mosaics, please keep in mind some of them are still a "work in progress" because some of the students were still working on the finishing touches and/or had not adhered the mosaic to the card base when I took the photo . . .
by Nichole Harper 
by Teri Kistler
by Tamie Jensen 
by Kerri McTarsney 
by Dianne Johnson 
by Cathy Schwartz 
by Laurel Martin 
by Cheryl Roskopf
by Cathy Kargacin 
by Becky Miltimore 
by Mary Esperanza 
by Susie Tracy 
by Debbie Gaetz
Tomorrow, I'll show you the beautiful pendants from the first class and cards from the second class. There was no lack of enthusiasm throughout the classes . . . the buzz in the store was loud and fun!

From Magenta's blog . . . I had to share this with you because Cassandra from their Design Team was using the color 'green' for these 4 cards .  .  .

Trio of Green: Stamped Dimensional Cards

"As spring goes on, I am drawn to the colour green all around me.  Pair various shades with some stamped Magenta goodness... and card creations ensue.  It was no wonder that I was inspired with ideas when I first saw these unique stamps in the catalogue.

First up, some little flying friends. You see, I am a bit of a bird girl. I have a great collection of them ranging from cast iron, concrete, ceramic and images not to mention quite a collection of stamps and embellies of the fine feathered friends.  Thus it was only natural that I would be drawn to not only the sentiment stamp but the gorgeous birdie paper.

Magenta Products Used / Produits Magenta Utilis├ęs:
Stamp - Walk to the edge and fly!
Patterned Papers - Robin's Nest & Delicate Posies

For this one, I heat embossed the sentiment on the patterned paper covered cardstock card.  I fussy cut out the centre area so that it nicely framed and displayed the sentiment with leaving 2 birdies sitting and two in flight. So apropo!

I adhered the birdie paper to the background piece using foam adhesive squares to give it dimension and thus texture to a very simple card.

Magenta Products Used:
Stamps - Carrot Bunny, Hearts, Hugs & Kisses
Patterned Paper - Patchwork
Cork - Cork Sheet

Isn't that bunny just so cute?  I used the heart hugs & kisses row stamp as a field by stamping it onto a cork sheet.  I coloured it in with some liquid pearl pen, popped up the bunny and the hand made sign embellie, and tied on some Baker's Twine.  Added some dimensional glaze to the coloured bunny areas and add doodling to the card to mach the stamp style.

Lastly, a fine solo little bunny that can be found amongst the flourishes and jewels.

Magenta Products Used:
Stamp -  Backside Bunny
Paper - Artful Flowers

After stamping the image and sentiment, I mask covered them and then spritzed on some glimmer mist.  Then I fussy cut out the flourishes and positioned them with foam adhesive squares. 

 Add some faux stitching and jewels, and there you have the receding view of the lone bunny."
DT Magenta

Very clever, don't you agree?

If you're still putting your schedule together for this week, don't forget that this Friday is Play Day at Art 'n Soul from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There's sooooo much to play with . . . come on in and join us. We never charge a fee to have fun and play!

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