Friday, August 15, 2014

The new class schedule is out. You can go to it by clicking on the "Class Schedule" link at the top of the right column. Marj Marion has added a new stencil paste class and we have a new class scheduled with Lisa Lee of Inchie Arts.

In this week's email to our thousands of customers, the technique was about Shimmer Sheetz from Elizabeth Craft Designs. It's the first of 3 parts.

by Debbie Gaetz for Art 'n Soul

Embossing with SHIMMER SHEETZ for more!
This is the first part of a 3-part series.

This is such a fabulous technique because it’s simple and lets you make 3 cards with just one partial sheet of SHIMMER SHEETZ! For the first technique, let’s get started. Please note you must use the iridescent SHIMMER SHEETZ for this technique to work.

Supplies you will need:  A2 Plain White Card; white card stock for base panel; colored card stock for message strip; iridescent colored SHIMMER SHEETZ from Elizabeth Craft Designs; double-sided adhesive sheet; embossing folder; brayer; Silk Microfine Glitter from Elizabeth Craft Designs; adhesive-backed flat pearl embellishment; ribbon; 

1. Use an A2 Card Size
2. Cut a base panel 4-1/8” x 5-3/8”
3. With a piece of iridescent SHIMMER SHEETZ cut to 4-1/8” x 5-3/8”, dry emboss it with your favorite embossing folder design.
4. From a sheet of ScorTape, Elizabeth Craft Designs’ Double-Sided Adhesive, or other double-sided adhesive, cut it to the size of the base panel (4-1/8” x 5-3/8”).
5. Remove the release sheet (protective layer) from one side of the adhesive sheet and apply it to the embossed SHIMMER SHEETZ.
6. On the reverse side, use a brayer with light to medium pressure to smooth out the adhesive sheet and to make the SHIMMER SHEETZ surface adhere to the adhesive. Roll horizontally across the entire sheet and then roll vertically up and down the entire sheet.
7. Remove the release sheet (protective layer) from the other side of the adhesive sheet and apply it to the base panel card stock. Smooth out to avoid any wrinkles.
8. Remove the SHIMMER SHEETZ from the base panel, peeling away without touching the adhesive on the base panel; this is when you want to use the other release sheet as a ‘handle’ to hold down the base panel. You will see the iridescent pieces of the raised embossed design on the base panel and the white core layer showing on the SHIMMER SHEETZ.
9. Sprinkle the Silk Microfine Glitter onto the embossed base panel that has been peeled away from the SHIMMER SHEETZ, shake off, burnish the glitter in with your fingers and brush off the remaining glitter. The iridescence of the SHIMMER SHEETZ is still there where it hasn’t been embossed, and the sparkle of the glitter shows on the raised embossed design.
10. Take a strip of coordinating card stock cut 1-1/2” deep by 5-1/2” wide and place it around the base panel marking the fold lines with a crease. Stamp the message off-center to the right. Tape both ends of the strip on the backside.
11. Position ribbon vertically on the left side of the card panel and tape both ends of the ribbon on the backside. Make a bow and adhere to the ribbon strip with Glue Dots.
12. Adhere the base panel to the A2 card.

13. Apply the flat pearl embellishments to each side of the stamped message.

SUPPLIES USED:  You Are Awesome Stamp from Magenta (07.876.F); Silk Microfine Glitter in Soft Green (631) from Elizabeth Craft Designs; StazOn Midi solvent ink in Spiced Chai from IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko; scrap colored card stock and scrap ribbon; 140-lb. cold pressed watercolor paper for A2 card; base panel card from 80 lb. Neenah Classic Crest card stock in Solar White.

I hope you'll look forward to the second step using the backside of the Shimmer Sheetz in a similar manner. I hope you have fun trying this out.

A friend's niece is expecting her first baby in almost 2 months. They're hosting a shower for her tomorrow and I had a lot of fun making this very quick card using a stamp set from Impression Obsession. Kelli is liking the color pink so that's why the choice of color here.

by Debbie Gaetz
  • Conqueror 118# cover stock in White Diamond for A2 card (horizontal with side fold)
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# card stock in Solar White for top panel edged with Memento Ink in Angel Pink
  • Graphic 45 Botanical Garden designer paper for background panel
  • Impression Obsession stamp inked with VersaFine in Onyx Black and colored with Prismacolor Colored Pencils; glitter pen in pink used to draw hanging hooks on the clothes line.
  • Candi's

Ellie Knol is making more great card art on the Magenta blog. She says she loves playing with book paper and embossing, and it's quite obvious!

by Ellie Knol, Design Team Magenta

From the Penny Black blog, you can see that Jill Foster has been extremely busy with all of the sample cards she has been making. I'm sure she's having fun using all of the new stamps . . . I would!

by Jill Foster for Penny Black

by Jill Foster for Penny Black
And I also loved this card by Birgit Edblom . . . she is so good with soft colors.

by Birgit Edblom for Penny Black
Here's the link to go to the blog posting that includes additional cards:

From the Louisville, Kentucky trip earlier this month . . . the wine cooler that I painted at the Stoneware shop arrived today. I think they did a marvelous job of glazing. I wish I would have left some of it unpainted and it would have become white in those areas.

And this is my Derby Hat from Churchill Downs. It wasn't easy getting home but I think it was more than worth the small inconveniences. Now I just need to pair with my little black basic dress and somewhere to go . . . any ideas?

the brim is wide; I love how I can see through
the brim . . . you may not 'see' me but I can see you!

I am very much looking forward to Maryjo McGraw's 3 classes at Art 'n Soul tomorrow, beginning at 10:30 a.m. We've waited a whole year for her return . . . we hope we won't have to wait as long next time. I've heard there might be one seat available in the "Zendoodle Your Stamps" class in the morning at 10:30 a.m. Call the store at 360.357.6820.

See you soon!

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