Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Just playing...

My wonderful DT buddy and talented designer Ann (Raindrop Echo Designs) just recently awed me with a set of new Nestabilitie-friendly digital stamps called Dressed Up Shapes. I love those to bits and had to have a play as soon as I could. The stamp I used is called Leafy Frame and I put in the sentiment from the set called Amongst the Stars Sentiments.

And when I said "playtime" I really meant that I played a lot, lol. I tried a lot of different looks before settling to that one and spent about 3.5 hours making that fairly simple card. Yup. That's me. Inefficient and quite OK with it.

I printed the frame onto pearlescent paper first and glittered using Stickum Powder (it's an embossing powder like substance that becomes an adhesive when heated, similar one is Sticky Stuff by Judikins and Heat and Stick by Stampin' Up), then heat set it again to firmly keep the glitter in place. Next I printed the sentiment into the frame and embossed with clear detail powder. I sponged some Antique linen all over the panel to take the crisp whiteness away - and that's pretty much it.

I printed the frame at 8.4 cm width, that makes a lovely fit for second biggest Nestability matching die.

I used pearly paper because due to it's coated surface ink dries very slowly on it, so embossing is possible. If you don't have pearlescent paper, just cover ANY paper with thin coat of Matte Medium, let it dry (or blast with heat gun if you're anything like me...) and you're good to go. There's A LOT of fun to be had with glitter, embossing powders and digital stamps!

The papers are from Basic Grey Nook and Pantry collection and the felt stars I found in a neglected box of Christmas decorations.

I would like to enter following challenges:
Sweet Sunday Sketch - sketch
Crafty Pad - Distressed or Torn Edges
My Partner in Crafting Crime - Shine On You Crazy Diamond
City Crafter Challenge Blog - A vintage creation inspired by Rome, the Eternal City
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday - Focus on the Sentiment
Alphabet Challenge - Y is for Yellow
Paper Cutz - Anything Goes
Speedy the Cat's Friends Challenge - Stitching, real or faux
Marks Finest Paper - stitching

Thanks for looking and happy crafting!!


34 comments:

Lynne said...

Beautiful card - great sentiment too :o) love it!! xx Lynne xx

Marilyn said...

Gorgeous card Annika! I may have to buy some of those nestie friendly stamps!

Joanne Travis said...

So very beautiful! I love the stars and buttons embellishments!
Thanks for sharing with us and for joining Speedy's Friends this week!

chris said...

Its just so perfect Annika.

Archies Mum said...

Beautiful card, love the papers you've chosen, the colours are gorgeous

Bev said...

Lovely card - love the sentiment & colours. Thanks for joining the Alphabet Challenge x

Netty said...

Annika you make such great colour choices and this is a terrific card. Have a great week, Annette x

Kathlene said...

Wonderful embossing and that stamp that matches the nestie is awesome! Lovely card.

Stella said...

If this is just playing I wonder what you're gonna create when you're "seriously"working on a card. Oh my this is so gorgeous!
Hugs,
Stella

Kimberly S said...

Oh, you are such a show-off Annika, this is so gorgeous! Love the nice touch of glitter, and the fabulous sentiment! :)

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Lovely soft tones, and pretty sentiment too, thanks for playing along with us at CCCB!

Heather Jensen said...

This is so soft and beautiful! Love the Nook and Pantry paper. I think it is one of my all time favorites. :)

Marlene said...

This is gorgeous! I'm loving the idea of nestie-friendly stamps!

Cheryl said...

Beautiful card!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

This is gorgeous Annika!! I so love your stars and the sentiment to match. You did an awesome with the new digis!! Stunning Gf!!
hugs,
Chris

Anita said...

Beautiful card and that sentiment looks absolutely gorgeous. Really like the star and buttons, too.

Lynn McAuley said...

What beautiful colors and papers!! I love the buttoned on stars!!


Thank you, Annika, for sharing this gorgeous card with the Friends of Speedy the Cat in this week's stitching challenge!

Ageeth Holster said...

Hi Annika! Nice and pretty card, like it a lot,
Hugs Ageeth

Ros said...

Beautiful card and so well done ... love your attention to detail ... you are very talented ... thanks for playing along at CCCB

debby4000 said...

Oh fabulous, adorable card and what a great sentiment.
luv
Debby

Therese said...

Lovely! I like the gorgeous embossing, looks really great. Beautiful sentiment as well. Great layout. Hugs :)

CraftyC said...

Its a beautiful card Annika and a lovely sentiment. Nice to think outside the box at times I think. Its gorgeous!
Clairex

bosenberries said...

gorgeous card Anika! Love the glittery frame around your sentiment! Thanks so much for playing with My Partner in Crafting Crime, Robin.

Pat said...

Super card, great sentiment and lovely papers. Thanks for joining in the challenge at The Crafty Pad this week.

Pat xx

Davi said...

Annika love this card the soft colors and the sentiment as the main feature is beautiful!

Dawn B. said...

Annika this is beautiful. I love the way you used your nesties.. Great paper too. One of my favorite sentiments..

Vicki Dutcher said...

What a fun, beautiful card! Great stitching!! Thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends!

Virgo5 said...

Love it, specially the stars and buttons!
Thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends!

Linda Robinson said...

WOW.. I am luv'n this. What a wonderful card. Thanks so much for sharing this with us at CCCB!

Debbie said...

Oooh this is stunning Annika - love the sentiment. Great distressing too, I think it finishes it off beautifully. :)
Thanks for sharing it with us at our Crafty Pad Challenge. :)

xxDebbie The Crafty Pad Stamp Designs.

raindropecho said...

Oooh I love all the glittery goodness! What a great job you did with this frame!

- Ann

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Great tips for embossing digis! I just love Ann's work and this is such a great example of it. I really like the felt stars too. I get such great ideas when I visit you!

Hugs,
Linda

Cheryl Nelson said...

This is so incredibly GORGEOUS!! LOOOVE it in every way possible!

Sue from Oregon said...

this is so lovely Annika! Pretty soft colors and lovely layout.

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