249 posts categorized "Anne"

09/11/2017

Mon 11

Playtime Elves in the Snow by Anne Thompson

It's time for the Playtime Elves (and their polar bear) to have some more fun sliding in the snow! Today's cards feature the PLAYTIME ELVES Clear Stamp Set CL5216, the coordinating PLAYTIME ELVES dies set 32216, SLIDER GROOVES dies 99840, PICCOLO SNOWFLAKES 99850, and LET IT SNOW PERKY SCRIPT die 99866.

Card One:

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Here the elves are sliding on their tummies, racing each other down the hills.  When I die cut the two slider grooves from light blue cardstock, I saved the two pieces, covered them with adhesive and sprinkled on some glitter before adhering them below each of the slider grooves. I colored the two elves with Prismacolor Colored Pencils after stamping them with Archival Jet Black Ink and die cutting them.  I used the penny method so the elves would slide in the grooves.  I added the Piccolo Snowflakes cut from dark blue cardstock and I put a small blue pearl in the center of each one.  To finish the card I added "let it snow" cut from the same dark blue cardstock and I used a pearl to dot the i.  I attached this panel to a notecard of the same color with thick foam adhesive strips.

Card Two:

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This time, the two elves are chasing each other over the hills which I again made by glittering three pieces of cardstock that had been cut out of the slider grooves.  I left a lot of space at the top to add a die cut sentiment or some snowflakes later, as well as the names of the two children who will receive this card.

Card Three:

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I love this elf careening at top speed down the steep hill!  He really spins, often ending upside down at the end!  I cut the slider groove first then lined up a piece of white cardstock with the discarded piece and created a bigger hill.  I covered it with a large piece of sticky-backed adhesive and then sprinkled on lots of fine white glitter.  

Card Four:

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Whee!  The elf is hitching a ride from his polar bear!  This bonus card doesn't use a slider groove, although it could.  I wanted to see if I could find a way to have the polar bear pull the elf on the sled.  So I made a harness for the bear from some thin twine, tying it around the bear's head and securing the twine with tape on the back of the die cut.  I attached it to the elf's hands by punching tiny holes with an awl and looping the twine through, attaching it with tape on the back of the elf.

Now I'm thinking that I have to make a series of slider cards featuring the polar bear(s) playing on the hills.  I might even put an elf hat on him or perch him on the sled.  And maybe an elf (or two!) has to ride on his back down a hill.  So many possibilities!  Kids are going to LOVE these cards!

Happy Crafting!

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09/04/2017

Mon 04

Embossed Leaf Collage Cards
by Anne Thompson

Today's cards feature the LEAF COLLAGE die 99800, both as an embossed image on a card front and as die cuts adhered on top of the embossing.  I had never tried embossing a regular die until I had this idea today.  Easy Peasy!

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I followed the directions with my Big Shot for embossing with a metal stencil, using a piece of red plumbers rubber since I didn't have a silicone rubber mat.  This is my sandwich from the bottom up:  Tab 1, plastic plate, rubber, cardstock, die face down, plastic plate.  I love the way the embossing came out, particularly when I used metallic papers as in the photo below.

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 Card No. 1:  embossed Leaf Collage on gold metallic paper, die cut brown leaves adhered with popdots over the embossed image, tiny gold pearls on the leaves and in the lower right corner; this piece layered over more of the brown cardstock and aligned with the right edge of a top-fold cream notecard; black/metallic washi tape added on the left edge; three more leaves inside card and some more washi tape and stamped message from the EACH DAY IS A BLESSING Clear Stamp Set CL 5214:  "THANKFUL FOR EVERY blessing" in Archival Jet Black ink.

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Card No. 2:  embossed Leaf Collage on brown cardstock, die cut leaves from Mango Distressed Dots Paper; stamped "THANKFUL FOR EVERY" from Each Day is a Blessing Clear Stamp Set in VersaMark ink and gold-embossed; die cut BLESSING die 99864 from more of the Mango dots paper; four small amber gemstones; this panel adhered to a piece of Mango dots paper that covers the front of the cream top-fold notecard; more mango dots paper inside for the message.

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Card No. 3:  embossed Leaf Collage on copper metallic paper , die cut leaves from mango and red cardstocks, panel adhered to Mango Distressed Dots Paper and then onto a red side-fold notecard... IMG_0021 (1)

...more Mango dots paper inside, a red leaf, and "THANKFUL FOR EVERY blessing" stamped with Archival Jet Black ink.

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These will be some of the cards I send at Thanksgiving this year, and I plan to make more.  I love how the look of each one changes with the papers I select.   I have soooo much paper--more experimenting ahead!

Happy Crafting!

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09/02/2017

Sat 02

Leaf Collage
by Anne Thompson

LEAF COLLAGE die 99800 is my choice for a card perfect for this month's blog challenge: Falling for Fall Autumn Cards.  

(Sorry about the line that shows on the card front...must have scratched my camera lens.)

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This is a quick and easy card!  I started with a piece of black cardstock 8 1/2" X 5 1/2" and scored it at 4 1/4" to make a top-folded A2 card.  I placed the Leaf Collage die on the card front and ran it through my Big Shot, saving the black leaves to use on the envelope and inside the card.  I went through my pre-painted watercolor papers and found one with lots of orange tones and cut it to 5 1/4" X 4" and adhered it to the inside cover of the card.  Voila!  Autumn leaves!!!  

The sparkly bits are amber-toned gems in two sizes adhered in the oval leaves as leaf veins.  

On the inside message part of the card, I added a piece of white cardstock cut 5 1/4" X 4" and glued on some of the smaller black maple leaves in opposite corners.  I added one of the black oak leaves to the envelope.

To finish the card I added three more of the amber gems to the front.

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It's always fun to see what you do with the monthly challenge!  Hope you'll join in this month and create your own Falling for Fall Autumn Card.

Happy Crafting!

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08/21/2017

Mon 21

Let It Snow: Snowflake Swell, Snowflake Wire, Piccolo Snowflakes
by Anne Thompson

I'm continuing my personal challenge to create as many holiday/winter cards as I can this month.  Today's post features two "merry Christmas" cards and three "let it snow" cards.  

I used the SNOWFLAKE SWELL 99828, SNOWFLAKE WIRE 99809, PICCOLO SNOWFLAKES 99850, and either the MERRY CHRISTMAS SENTIMENTS clear stamp set CL5212 or the LET IT SNOW PERKY SCRIPT die 99866 to make the five cards.

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First up--Christmas:

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I cut the Snowflake Swell from a light blue cardstock and trimmed it down for the front of a white notecard.  I had some fun experimenting with the placement of the die--above you'll see the Swell curving left on one card and to the right on the other.  I then cut the Snowflake Wire and the Piccolo Snowflakes from navy blue cardstock.  I anchored the larger snowflake on the Wire loop to the center of the middle snowflake on the card front with a little glue.  I then used dots of glue in the centers to add the three navy snowflakes on top of the light blue ones.  This left me the option of pulling up the "legs" of the snowflakes to add more dimension to the card fronts.  I stamped "merry Christmas" in Achival Jet Black ink.  I used pearls in several sizes for the centers of the snowflakes, the little circles on the Snowflake Wire, and to accent some of the light blue open space.

Here's a close-up:

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Next--Snow:

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I constructed these cards in the same manner, just changed the orientation of the Snowflake Swell (one side-fold, two top-fold cards), the cardstock colors, and the color of the base notecards.   For the card on the left, I cut the Snowflake Wire, Piccolo Snowflakes and the word "snow" from white cardstock.  For the one on the top right, I used the same color cardstock as the base notecard.  For the one on the bottom right, I cut the "let it snow" from the same dark green as the Snowflake Swell and tucked the words in along that channel.

I think it's time to replenish my stock of white pearls.  I particularly love the tiniest ones and I'm almost out. I do love a little bling!  When I'm mailing cards like these with lots of pearls or other dimensionals, I like to add a tiny piece of bubble wrap over the card front when tucking it into the envelope. Other things I like to do--add something from the card front to the inside of the card.  Each of these cards gets an extra Piccolo Snowflake inside.  And I always decorate the envelopes to coordinate and hint at what might be inside.  For these, I'll use the small snowflake stamp on the B2007 Joyful Combo wood-mounted stamp with Hero Arts Cornflower Blue ink on the white envelopes.

 Happy Crafting!

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08/14/2017

Mon 14

Snowy Pine Oval with Poinsettia Blooms
by Anne thompson

I'm on a roll creating Christmas cards.  There are sooo many wonderful dies and stamps in the Holiday Release that make this an easy and fun task!  Today's cards feature the SNOWY PINE OVAL die 99831 and the POINSETTIA BLOOMS set of five dies 30093.  Each notecard base is a different green--using up what I have for single cards in my green basket.   

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Here's the first card I made:

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To start this card, I cut the Snowy Pine Oval as well as the stamens from the Poinsettia Blooms in white cardstock.  I then cut the poinsettia blooms from both red and dark green cardstocks--I set the largest green ones aside to use as leaves.  I secured the oval to a green notecard, just putting glue on the oval outline.  I then decided that I needed green trees behind the white ones for more dimension and definition, so I cut the Snowy Pine Oval from dark green cardstock, snipped off the trees, and slid them behind the white trees.  A few dots of glue secured the two layers together.  I assembled the Poinsettia Blooms with a glue dot between each layer, added two of the green leaves to the base of the flower, white stamens and a white pearl in the center and secured it to the card with a dimensional foam square.  I chose the "merry Christmas" from the Merry Christmas Sentiments clear stamp set CL5212 and curved it a bit on an acrylic block before stamping it in Archival Jet Black ink in the upper left.  I used a clear Wink of Stella pen to add some glittery goodness to the trees and the poinsettia.  Here's a closeup from one of the cards.

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I made a second card in the same manner, using a white poinsettia with a green gem center.

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For the third card, I offset a dark green Snowy Pine Oval underneath a white one which was definitely the easiest and quickest layering strategy and I curved the sentiment a bit more to fit closer around the oval's edge.  This is the design that I will reproduce multiple times.

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For the bonus card, I used the TALL PINE OVAL 99845 cut from white cardstock and the TALL PINE 99848 cut from dark green cardstock layered underneath the white with the sticking-out bits snipped off.  I added a Poinsettia Bloom cut from metallic gold cardstock and some brown pearls.  Love the gold!

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I really like the look of the dark green branches under the white trees.  And the Wink of Stella adds just enough sparkle!  

These layered trees would also make great "Let it snow!" cards for this winter.  (Planning ahead...)  Happy Crafting!

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08/07/2017

Mon 07

Soaring Bird, Decorative Poinsettia Oval, and Pinecone Collage Cards
by Anne Thompson

Today's holiday cards feature the SOARING BIRD  die 99837 perched on the pinecone branch from the PINECONE COLLAGE die 99793 nestled within the DECORATIVE POINSETTIA OVAL die 99859.  

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I began with silver cardstock to cut the Soaring Bird once and the Decorative Poinsettia Oval which I cut twice in order to make a fuller poinsettia.  I also added silver stamens from the POINSETTIA BLOOMS set of 5 dies 30093.  I love that the poinsettia is not attached to the oval so I can place the finished bloom anywhere I choose on the card front.

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I glued the silver bird onto dark green cardstock and fussy cut around it.  I also cut the poinsettia oval again from the same dark green cardstock and used the largest flower to create leaves to tuck under the layered silver poinsettia, adding the silver stamens and a silver gem to the flower center.   I then cut the Pinecone Collage branch twice, once from silver and once from the dark green.  

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I glued the bird's feet to the double-layered branch.  To assemble the card, I glued the oval to the front of a pale blue notecard, pop-dotted the bird into the center, and added the poinsettia in the upper left.  

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I completed the second card in the same way, this time using metallic gold cardstock, dark brown cardstock, and lighter brown distressed dots paper on a kraft notecard with a dark brown pearl in the center of the poinsettia.  

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For the third card I used bright white and red cardstocks and a white pearl for the poinsettia center on a black notecard.

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I'm not sure which combination is my favorite, although I do love that metallic gold paper. And I love the tiny black gems I found that fit perfectly in the eye holes.  There are more color combinations I want to try, especially since I found my stash of metallic copper paper after I'd made these three.  

Happy Crafting!  Have you started making your holiday cards yet?  There are some fantastic dies and stamps in this newest holiday release to help you get started! 

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07/18/2017

Tue 18

Merry Christmas From the Pine Tree State
by Anne Thompson

Greetings from Maine, the Pine Tree State!  And welcome to Day Two of our Design Team Blog Blitz!!!  We'll be focused this week on sharing our ideas for using the newest dies just released from Memory Box.  Remember that leaving comments on the blog posts enters you to win some of the new fabulous goodies!  Be sure to leave your comments by Sunday July 23 at 11:59 PM EST.  We love to hear from you!

Because Maine's state flower is the pine cone and tassel, our state bird is the chickadee, and I live in the Pine Tree State, I just had to use some of the new dies to make a Maine-themed Christmas card.  I used the PINECONE COLLAGE Die 99793, the SNOWY PINE Die 99835, the LARGE SENTIMENTAL MERRY CHRISTMAS Die 99804 and one of the birds from the BIRD SANCTUARY Clear Stamps Set CL5201 and the coordinating die from the BIRD SANCTUARY Die Set 32201.

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To make this card, I began by cutting the Pinecone Collage into a piece of kraft cardstock and then backed it with a darker brown cardstock.  I used one of the rectangles from the Rectangles Basic Set to cut out both layers before adhering this piece to a cream notecard.  I then cut a Snowy Pine from dark green cardstock, painted it with diluted white Reeves watercolor paint, and lined it up along the side of the pinecone piece and glued it both to the pinecone piece and the notecard front.  I then stamped the bird on the branch from the Bird Sanctuary stamp set using Archival Jet Black ink on watercolor paper.  I colored the bird using very diluted Reeves watercolors and then cut it out using the coordinating die.  I used foam dimensional dots to place the bird just above the pinecone tassel.  I cut the Merry Christmas from the same dark green cardstock I used for the tree and glued it to the card front.  I added a green enamel dot on the "i".

Because you know that I never just make one card, I decided to make a set of cards that I can package up as a gift for a friend.  I used the TALL PINE die 99848 along with the Pinecone Collage, the same small bird from the Bird Sanctuary Clear Stamps set and the coordinating die from the Bird Sanctuary die set.

Card 1:

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Here I used the same techniques as on the Christmas card, using the Tall Pine as the tree cut from dark green cardstock.  I used Memento Rich Cocoa ink to stamp the sentiment from the Bird Sanctuary stamp set.  

Card 2:

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For this card, I began by cutting the Pinecone Collage into the front of the notecard and then backed that with dark brown cardstock.  I saved the tassel piece that punched out and watercolored it placing it behind the pop-dotted watercolored bird.

Card 3:

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Here I die cut the Pinecone Collage from the same dark green paper as the Tall pine, cut it with one of the Stitched Ovals, leaving the green tassel in place and backed it with a textured brown paper cut with the same oval die.  I used foam dots to pop it onto the card.  One pop-dot behind the bird's wing and some glue behind his head kept him level.  

Card 4:

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For this last card, I stamped the bird onto the card front using Archival Jet Black Ink and colored it with Memento markers, Desert Sand and London Fog.  I cut the Pinecone Collage twice, once in dark brown cardstock and once in dark green.  I cut the Pinecone Collage and Kraft cardstock oval of the same size using one of the Stitched Ovals dies.  I glued the two layers together a bit off and inlaid just the green tassel.  

The more I look at these cards, the more ideas I get!  I'm thinking about Dave's glitter technique and some sparkly copper glitter behind the pinecone cut-outs for my next card. What would you do with these dies?

Please leave comments for me below and you could win the Pinecone Collage die!!!  Scroll down to see Laura's introductory post from Monday and check back each day for more from the Design Team.  Happy Crafting!

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07/10/2017

Mon 10

Sentimental Iris Clusters in Watercolor
by Anne Thompson

For today's post I used the SENTIMENTAL IRIS Clear Stamp Set CL 5202 and my Kuretake watercolors.  

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Remember last Monday when I told you that I had cut my iris stamp to separate it from the leaves?  I did that because I wanted to create clusters of iris blossoms without stems getting in the way.  And because I layered irises I also created some masks by stamping two of the irises on regular cardstock and cut them out with my small detail scissors.  

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I stamped all of my images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on watercolor paper.  You can tell from the photo above that I used the masks again and again as I stamped the clusters of blooms.  Then I added a few stems where I thought they fit best.  Once I finished painting I set them aside to dry.  Then I used a variety of shape dies to cut them out and to cut dot papers shapes just a wee bit larger to mount them on: squares from the Studio Square Layers dies 30021; rectangles from the Rectangle Basic Set 30086; and ovals from the Stitched Oval Layers dies 30069.

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Once the irises were attached to their dot papers I looked through my cards and chose colors that I felt would highlight the flowers--yellow Sweet Corn, a lovely lavender, a soft blue, and yellow-green Lettuce.

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The irises in my yard have gone by already but I couldn't resist taking a picture of the cards on the stone bench by my gardens on a sunny summer afternoon.   Have you gotten your Sentimental Iris stamps and dies yet?  I LOVE LOVE LOVE mine!!!

Happy Crafting!

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07/03/2017

Mon 03

Sentimental Iris Three Ways
by Anne Thompson

New stamp sets from Memory Box!  Happy Happy July!!  For the next couple of weeks we will be showcasing the newest stamp sets from Memory Box.  You are going to LOVE them all!!!

For the three cards I made for this post I used the iris stamp from the SENTIMENTAL IRIS CLEAR STAMPS SET CL5202 and a small dots stamp from the BIRD SANCTUARY CLEAR STAMPS SET CL5201.   I stamped the images in approximately the same place on all three card panels and used the same or similar colors in three different mediums--colored pencil, markers, and watercolor (left to right in the photo below).

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First up--colored pencils:

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Before I stamped my first image, I cut the iris to separate the bloom from its stem/leaves/bud. (I did this because I wanted the flexibility of using the blossoms in a cluster without the stems/leaves/buds getting in the way--look for those cards next week!)  I then stamped the leaf section in Memento Cottage Ivy Ink three times, once in the upper left, and twice in the upper right on white cardstock.  I used Archival Deep Purple Ink for the bloom outlines, and then added the Cottage Ivy leaf section to each of those.  I colored the images with Prismacolor Pencils, layering colors to achieve a mottled and blended look.  I used more of the Cottage Ivy ink and the small dots stamp to fill in some of the white space.  I stamped the sentiment (one from the Sentimental Iris Clear Stamp Set) "just a note" in Cottage Ivy ink as well.  I adhered this panel (same size as the A2 card) to the front of a green notecard.

Second--markers:

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For this card I used a watercolor paper panel with the images stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  I like the way the markers worked on the watercolor paper.  (I had tried this on regular cardstock first and was much happier with the watercolor paper coloring test.)  I used a combination of colors similar to those of the colored pencils, choosing Memento and Tombow markers, again layering colors.  For the small dots, I used a Cottage Ivy Memento marker to color the stamp for each impression.  I adhered this panel to a blue notecard.

Third--watercolors:

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Again I stamped the images with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on watercolor paper.  I used my Kuretake watercolors, again blending colors that were similar to what I had used on the other two cards.  Instead of using the small dots stamp on this card, I spattered the card with watery green paint once the flowers were dry.  I attached this panel to a green notecard.

Three beautiful cards, three different mediums!  Give it a try!!

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Happy Crafting!

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06/19/2017

Mon 19

Spring Lilacs Tag
by Anne Thompson

I know it is almost officially summer, but I couldn't resist one last Spring Lilacs tag!  I've been revisiting my Distress Inks and reviewing techniques I learned years ago.  This tag features four stamps from the SPRING LILACS Clear Stamp Set CL5199 and a Distress Ink Spritz & Flick technique.

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To make a tag like this, ink up a large manila tag with ink blending foam tools inked with Seedless Preserves Distress Ink.  Start from off the edge of the tag on a non-stick craft sheet or piece of  scrap paper larger than the tag, working inward with a circular motion.  Repeat until the entire surface of the tag is inked, adding layers on layers.  For the water mark effect, spritz water into your hand (I just poured some from a bottle into my palm) and flick it over the tag.  Let it sit for just a few seconds, maybe ten.  Then blot the tag with a paper towel to create a color-lifted effect.  (You may want to use a heat tool at this point if your tag is pretty wet and you don't want to wait for it to dry on its own.)

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Next stamp the large lilac bunch from the Spring Lilacs set using VersaMark Embossing Ink.  Sprinkle liberally with Opaque White Embossing Powder, tapping the back of the tag to release extra powder.  (I sometimes use a small paintbrush to remove any excess embossing powder that is close to the image.)  For this tag I stamped the image three times, adding embossing powder after each impression.  Then use your heat tool to set the embossing powder, turning it shiny white.

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I then stamped the sentiments--FOR A SPECIAL friend; EVERYTHING YOU DO IS SIMPLY amazing; and HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes--using VersaFine Onyx Black Ink on white cardstock.  I punched them out using two different sized punches, and then punched some additional circles from a nice green cardstock that coordinated with the ribbon I chose.  I layered the sentiments and placed them strategically to hide any imperfections in my embossing.  I'd been saving this piece of wired ribbon and it was perfect for this tag tied in a pretty bow. 

 

Happy Crafting!

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