Thursday, 17 January 2008

You're So Sweet

I made this card for today's Ways To Use It Challenge (149) on splitcoast. The challenge was to incorporate heat embossing creatively. I chose to emboss one of my new stamps from my Valentine cube from Sunshine Designs. These were part of my prize package for the contest I won in November {thank you Sunshine Designs!!!}.

I started off by making the heart background using the emboss-resist technique. I embossed the hearts on Naturals White using clear embossing powder and then added various shades of pink from my new fluid chalk queue (rose petals). It's nice to have various shades of the same colour. I find it gives the background more interest and depth. I matted the background on a piece of whisper white, with just a narrow border showing.

For the focal image, I embossed the candy dish with black embossing powder and coloured the candies with my Tombow markers, and a bit of the chalk ink to tie in the colours. The sentiment, another one from Sunshine Designs, was embossed on pomegranate paper with white embossing powder. The sentiment panel seemed to need a little something so I trimmed the bottom with my scallop-edged scissors. The ribbon accents are from the Flirty Ribbon Originals package that's been mostly hoarded until now. The last little bit of embellishment was some Fruit Punch stickles on the pink hearts. I just love how the stickles draw the eye to the focal image and give it that extra pop.

I think this will make a nice valentine card. My DH has been known to grumble that he doesn't get cards, which is actually true. It's a bit of a case of the shoemaker's children not being shod around here.... Maybe I'll make this for him. On the other hand, I bought several valentine stamps when I was in Edmonton with a view to making him a valentine and this card doesn't use any of them! I'll just have to make a few cards and see which one I like best. This one is a bit pink for a guy-card.....

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Stamps: Sunshine Designs; Ink: versamark, black pigment ink, fluid chalk ink (rose coral, rouge, warm red, warm violet); Paper: watercolour, Purely Pomegranate, Whisper White, Naturals White; Accessories: clear embossing powder, black embossing powder, white embossing powder, Flirty Ribbon Originals (Stampin' Up!), Tombow markers, scallop-edge scissors (Fiskars), stickles (fruit punch).


  1. Karen, I just discovered your wonderful blog and will be visiting regularly!

  2. Very nice card, great job on the challenge :)

    Jamie1 at SCS