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Monday, 18 March 2013

Lexi’s Creations 86 Mother’s Day or Special Female Birthday

Our challenge at Lexi’s Creations this time is a card for either a Mother’s Day card or a special female birthday card, so no male inspired cards please. We realise that Mother’s Day in the UK was last weekend (although I actually celebrated mine yesterday because my Daughter was ill with flu the week before), but there are other Countries who have not yet had their Mother’s Day celebrations.

We are sponsored by Fairy Dust Crafts and the prize is 5 digi images from the store.Lexi 86

I was intrigued by some stencil work I saw on Create and Craft TV  a couple of weeks back and decided to get some supplies (room already bursting at the sames but yet I purchase more stuff! shoot me now).

I used a mylar stencil/mask called Blossom from Imagination Crafts, but this technique works really well with any stencil or mask, metal or mylar. This I taped down on some glossy patterned cardstock also from Imagination Crafts (I suspect that the Dreamweaver paste might work better NOT on glossy cardstock, more of that later), then using some Dreamweaver embossing paste I wiped it over the stencil, filling up the gaps. After carefully peeling it back I then sprinkled mica powder all over the paste areas. Be prepared to LOSE a lot of powder as obviously you cannot rub it into wet paste and it does tend to drop down in clumps, and even though  tried to tap off the excess between applications of different colours they tended not to want to shake loose, although when I had finally finished clearly there was a lot to be wiped away, but by then it was all one muddy dirty colour mixed together. I did three different colours. Then using a heat gun I heated it. I did try from underneath but suspect I would have been there all day, so heated from above. This made the paste (which you would normally just have left flat to dry so you would get a flat embossed area of the pattern) bubble up and form areas of different depths.

Now I mentioned earlier about glossy cardstock probably not being the best with this particular heating technique and that is I think because the heating makes the paste bubble up and therefore lift slightly off the card. I think the glossy cardstock didn’t hold it as well and I did notice it lifting off the edges of the card before I stuck it onto the mat I used. This might mean it would just peel off if handled roughly. I think plain cardstock would keep hold of it a little better as it would already have soaked slightly into the surface before heating.

It was matted onto DCWV plain cardstock before putting on a scalloped card. The sentiment is from our sponsor. It comes plain black, but I used my graphics programme to recolour it to match the image.

I am entering this into the following:-

2 Sisters Challenge - #135 Flowers for Spring

365Cards - #71 Textured

Catered Crop - Flower Power Recipe Swap

A Creative Need - #5 Birthdays

Docerela Creations - Pastel Colours

Forever Friends Monthly Challenge - Lots of Flowers

One Crazy Stamper - March Anything Goes

One Stitch At A Time - #155 No Design Papers

Paper Pretties - PWC249 Make Your Own Background Paper

Tando Creative - March ‘Flowers’

Butterfly 2 Signature Lin

21 comments:

  1. Wow great emboss on your card. Great emboss technique.

    Thank you so much for joining our challenge at Docerela Creations.

    Catarina

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  2. You have made a fantastic card ^_^
    Thanks for joining in with us at Forever Friends this month, Good Luck^_^
    DT Sonia

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  3. This is gorgeous, Lin - and so unusual. I must have a go at this - I've got some of that paste that I haven't used for years!

    Thanks for joining us at One Stitch at a Time this week, and good luck!

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  4. your card is gorgeous! I love how your sentiment is your focal point and your background is so beautiful!

    Thanks for joining us this month at One Crazy Stamper!

    Hugs;
    Shari G,

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  5. Fabulous technique Lin and what a an absolutely gorgeous effect you obtained on those flowers. So beautiful!
    hugs
    Glenda

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  6. So pretty... it's like looking in an oceaon of flowers!

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  7. Beautiful card Lin, what a lovely effect, I saw these shows too, it is amazing what you can create, you have done the products proud, love it

    Hugs Julie xxx

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  8. Beautiful! Love the design and colour. Thank you for joining us at Sentimental Sundays this week. Good luck. Hugs, Jill x

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  9. Apologies for my previous comment, i meant to say Thank you for joining us at OSAAT this week. Good luck. Hugs, Jill x

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  10. Gorgeous background technique on this beautiful birthday card! Thank you for playing with us at A Creative Need!

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  11. Wow! The embossed background is amazing! Luv it! Thanks for playing at 365 Cards!

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  12. So pretty! Great color! Thanks for joining us over at Docerela Creations! DT Member Carri~Abusybee

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  13. lovely card thanks for sharing with us at 2 sisters good luck with the challenge Tracy x

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  14. Good luck to the challenge!!!
    Come on my blog ... and if you want you can be a new member!!

    Crafty Hugs, Alex

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  15. Awesome use of embossing!!! Thanks so much for joining us at Docerela Creations! DT Member Nitasha

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  16. Gorgeous Card!!! I love the dimension... just stunning!! Thank you for joining us this week at One Stitch At A Time! Good luck! I hope we see you again next week!!

    - Susan, DT @ OSAAT

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  17. I love this tecnique!! Great floral card..Must try this one day.

    Thanks for joining the FOREVER FRIENDS MONTHLY CHALLENGE - LOTS OF FLOWERS, goodluck and best Easter wishes,

    Hugs FF DT Blankina

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  18. Stunning card! The finish from the mica powders is so pretty! Thanks for joining the Tando Challenge!

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  19. Beautiful card ! Thank you for joining us over at Docerela Creations - DT Member Susete.

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  20. Beautiful card.

    Thank you for joining us over at Docerela Creations - DT Member Ana

    Ana
    www.corujandoartes.blogspot.com

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