Sunday, September 23, 2012


Life is a Journey

I wanted to share with you a new technique we did in our stamp club last week. It is called Faux Patina. You can find the tutorial here. This was my second try. On the first one, I was a little heavy on the Versa Mark and the result was too much embossing powder. The key is to keep it light so there is just a bit of embossing powder here and there. Most of the samples show a floral or tapestry pattern but I chose to use Tim Holtz's clocks embossing folder.  Go to the tutorial and then come back so you will understand where I was using the inks. I used SU River Rock on the embossing folder. Then I randomly sponged  Ragner Distress inks Peacock and Shabby Shutters over the embossed image. On top of that I used SU Soft Sued as my darkest color. After I swiped my Versa Mark pad across the top of the image I used copper embossing powder and hit it with the heat gun. It gave it a real vintage look. I used different settings on my camera for the pictures below so you could see the embossing powder yet still see the embellishments.

The card stock is a retired color from SU called Blue Bayou. It more of gray teal color and isn't as bright as it shows in the pictures. I layered SU Certainly Celery on a piece of Copper card stock and then the embossed layer. The 3D flourish along the left side of the card is a sticker from Jolee's called Steampunk Flourish. It comes as two 12" pieces in a package. The pattern allows it to very easily be trimmed down to fit a card. The Journey sticker is from K & Company called Engraved Garden. I don't recall who make the copper flowers, but I remember I got them at Michael's. I used a punch for the clock hands and put a line of pearls around the lower clock.


When I finished the embossing I thought this was going to make a great card for a man, but leave it to me to start adding the bling. Before I knew it, there wasn't a man in my life who was going to look at this card and say thanks for the "girly" card. Oh well, there are plenty of my girlfriends who would love this card.

Since everything that has happened in my family, I find myself feeling so grateful for the little things. Today it was sitting out on the deck with the warm sun shinning on my face, the sound of the wind in the trees, the smell of fresh baked pumpkin muffins, seeing a cottontail bunny dart across the yard and talking to my best friend. I am still enjoying the simple things in the Journey of Life.
~Have fun and enjoy!

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