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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Neutral Shadows - with a twist

Hello, once again.  The weather today is absolutely gorgeous.  In the 70's, blue skies...  If it would only stay like this forever, I would be in heaven.

This month the Technique Junkies newsletter had a technique called Neutral Shadows, where you embossed an image with white embossing powder on white cardstock, then added shading with a neutral color.  I fell in love this this technique.

But I wanted to change it up a bit, so I embossed on black cardstock with black embossing powder (or you can use clear).  Here is what I came up with:


After embossing the image, I used Brilliance Moonlight White pigment ink to stipple around the image, giving it an aura or halo.  I matted the image on white cardstock. 

For the background I used white cardstock, then a layer of black, then a piece of black and white patterned cardstock.  I punched a piece of black cardstock with a scalloped border.  I used a white gel pen to make circles and adhered it to the background.  I put my finished layer on top and, viola, I was done.

A pretty simple card.  Please leave a comment here and let me know how you like it.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day!  I hope you are enjoying your day.  My wonderful husband took me out to dinner Saturday night, and gave me the money to get a Kindle E-Reader.  How sweet is that?

Here are a few cards I made for my sweetie and my children/grandchildren.  Hope you enjoy them.

This one was for hubby.  Something a little more masculine than I made for the girls.  The heart that the little boy is cutting out is covered with red glitter.  Very shiny.

 This one doesn't have a black dot on it in real life.  I guess it was on the scanner and I didn't catch it.
And this one has watermarked hearts on the last red layer, which didn't show up in the scan.

I decorated small paper sacks with Valentine's images and punched out hearts and heart doilies to hold the treats I bought my granddaughters.  I didn't get them much candy (except a few Hershey Kisses...what's Valentine's Day without kisses and chocolate?), but I got them some drawing tools, paint by numbers, small notebooks, etc.  

Have a happy day!