DAWN’S EASTER/PICNIC BASKET

GREETINGS AND HOPE YOU HAD AN EGGS TRA SPECIAL EASTER..

I called this EASTER/PICNIC because its actually designed as a picnic and this is the 3rd basket she has posted very cute and somewhat similar baskets but each of them is unique in their own way. I am not a fan of the lid on this one which actually makes it more of a picnic basket but it is cute… I made two of them as Easter Baskets for a friend.

I also didn’t put the trim on the handle because these baskets were for friends who are not so into fru fru…so I skipped that part….  but this can also make a very cute birthday basket or just a thank you basket with a treat in it… personally I like the Ghirdelli chocolates but you can use whatever makes your friend the happiest… You could also get a gift certificate and if its paper you can roll it up like a scroll, tie it with a ribbon and put it in the basket…

In any case use it as you see fit…

easter/picnic baskets

I do like the way they sit and shape into a basket though which is a bit more curvy than the other basket..and its slightly bigger so it will hold slightly more candy or even plastic eggs filled with candy like jelly beans or m&ms…. either one is good…..

HINTS

a) I don’t have the stampin up paper trimmer so I can’t use it to score with… I was forced to use my scor pal because my paper trimmer is a fiskar with a wire and a slot that the cutting blade runs thru…while its great at cutting when I tried to score it ended up cutting the paper or scoring it so deeply that it cause the paper to crack and tear…yep ..had to start all over again…SO if you have to do as I did an use a scor-pal you will need to score one side of the basket and then turn it 180 score it the same on that side.. all of that is do-able..

b) You can cut up your regular card stock  but Jo anns and Michaels both sell lots of 6×6 pads of card stock and they are often duplex even if you use solid colors you can always stamp on it. So this is just an FYI..

I can’t think of much else to tell you about  this pattern as its pretty simple….I did write down the various measurements for the basket and put them on her cover sheet to make it easier for you and you should be able to print this sheet for reference. I also made some notes on how I did the measurements etc using the scot-pal. Hope it works for you.

pattern with measurements

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…Wire headed cyber toad…aka kath

CONTACT PAPER MASKING…SCS

I love finding alternative uses for things…. and this certainly qualifies… I think when I was first married I may have NOTE MAY HAVE.. used contact paper to line my shelves in my cupboards…so I got excited when I saw I could buy some respositional contact paper and use it to make art…so you must at least look at the video and then directions and then decide if like me you want to go to amazon (because I am too lazy to run all over town trying to find it) and it turns out its almost that hard to find on Amazon… lol…You might want to wait and check back with me to make sure that what I ordered is in fact removable..they say it is…but they don’t have the word removable on the label…

But the idea really appeals to me… I like using the cut out to add a variety of color and then to stamp again with a design stamp on in this case the balloon… in any case it will take a few days before I can actually try this out and if you buy the large post it notes you can probably do similar idea Ist bit harder to keep the mask in place to add the color.

CONTACT PAPER MASK  

 

PANDA WATERFALL CARD

HOPPY EASTER….I AM JUST GONNA JUMP IN  ON THIS ONE…LOL…also I am celebrating a major BIRTHDAY…that’s right I am 16 today…no you don’t believe me well how about 30…ok that’s not working either right..so now you have to just guess but I can say that I am alive and well and thankful for every day…

I love this waterfall card and while I was taught it slightly different this is just so easy…I had to share it again…. and these little panda’s from STAMPING UP … they are a freebee if you spend $ 50 so yeah I had some birthday stuff and I had to have them… I think they are just too cute…here is the link to her video..PANDA WATERFALL VIDEO and below is are the measurements needed for each of the pieces that create the waterfall..

I don’t have all the other set she uses but I had some other narrow stamps that work for that last space…AND I did have several designs of cards that I bought by the box at Michael’s cause they were on sale for like 5 bucks… It was just such a deal and so I am using them for the background layer just like see did and even thought the front and back are not the same it works just fine I think… see below

ok there are my two using a box of black and white cards… but I am also going to make one with my favorite frog stamps and I can’t remember where I got him but he was on an image on PINTREST AND and I found her blog and ordered the stamp… sorry guys I just didn’t keep the info but you should also know that he is unmounted totally no cushion either … anyway I like him but there are tons of frogs out there…

I will still use the black squares and the black card basic..just because I like black and because I think it sets all the colors off better… I am not a fan of ink and paper being the same color… EXCEPT BLACK…lol…

I am also pretty sure that you can stamp the panda with the balloon on the last piece of white if you just mask off the bottom a little it might cut off the feet but the rest of panda and balloon will be just fine…

Here are some other designs you can use on the waterfall card…

I used my favorite frog  and then in the second one I used a large balloon stamp that I have.,..my background on each black base are the fronts on some cards I got at Joann’s that were on sale with like 20 cards in one box and envelopes… only the fronts of the cards are decorative the back are plain white but can be use to create the small squares… just saying..

So give this a card a go and my suggestion /hint is to pre cut some of the pieces of black and white as well as using the measurements to score the long strip of white so that all is ready to create your waterfall at the spur of the moment…

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SCS WATERCOLOR TISSUE…

WAIT… this is not the same as the one I had already posted about painting WITH tissue paper… in fact this is just the reverse… with this one using your waterbed stamp pads on a piece of acrylic or the teflon sheets ( amazon) then smear your watercolors together  or not leaving white space will work too… then press your piece of tissue paper or even Kleenex over ink and let it soak thru. Then you will need to lay it aside to dry…

SCS WATERCOLOR TISSUE

SCS WATERCOLOR TISSUE this is great for creating background in which case you can glue it ( tape will not work well) to a piece of watercolor paper or just card stock…white is probably best if you want it to show up well…because tissue is so fragile it needs some kind of backing … if you wanted to use it to die cut or punch something out glueing it to card stock or w/color paper works well… BUT …you can also let it dry then you can use your IRON and butcher paper and you can iron the tissue the butcher paper… now if you also iron clothes with this iron then you want to protect your iron by using another piece of paper over it so that the waxiness of the butcher paper doesn’t get on your iron…if you have those teflon sheets you can use that also….

HINT: IF you use the butcher paper then it will be ok to cut it with the dies..however it gets harder to use the punch so the best way to do it into flip it over and punch with the white side of the butcher paper showing rather than the tissue… if you punch is old and not cutting well try punch it thru tinfoil. few times to try to sharpen the edges… but it still may not work well with a very detailed punch a solid image like balloon, heart , square etc. or any mostly solid image… should work just fine…I also do not think that you will be able to adhere it to the acetate…but you can try by just cutting a small piece and trying it…

NOW they also suggested that if you glue the tissue onto the card stock or watercolor paper ( I suggested glue on the card not on the tissue)then scrunch up the tissue as you press it down you will get more texture and then she suggests that you VERY LIGHTLY ie don’t press down too hard …rub the watermark or embossing pad over the raised parts of the tissue and sprinkle with either (my suggestion ) gold or bronze  or black embossing powder you get this wonderful CRACKLE EFFECT…. now that really excited me…. and you can do it also using the BUTCHER PAPER..

W/C crackle effect..with embossing powder

HINT: once the tissue is colored and dry …wad it up like you were going to throw it away…then iron it onto the butcher paper and again willl achieve texture that you can apply embossing pad/powder to and get those CRACKLE LINES to really show up…. OK so why are ya sittin here reading this …GO PLAY…

HINT: You can also do larger sheets of tissue and then cut it up smaller…especially if you are doing the wadding and iron on butcher paper effect….

EYE CANDY..again this is a kwerner…video and its delightful.. and so much fun…so give it a look and then a HINT…you can get the masking fluid she shows from AMAZON…where else… lo…. WATERCOLOR ENVELOPES

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY… wire headed cyber toad aka kath

EYE CANDY PAPER MARBLEING IN FLORENCE ITALY..I just had to share this one because I am pretty sure that I have been in the store in FLORENCE and helped boost their economy ….a lot…. so just enjoy seeing all the lovely stuff…

 

 

CENTER EXPLOSION card…

Hi there… here I am …. I am going to link you to DAWN’s video for this card but I am the one who put the measurements down in writing… not sure why she doesn’t seem to do that all the time… I find it very annoying to have to keep stopping and staring the video to get it all written down so I am putting it in writing for you here…first here is what Dawn’s card looks like

front of CENTER EXPLOSION CARDS..

Dawn’s center explosioN

Measurements and scoring…

BASE (white) 5 ½ x 12… scored at  3 ½ , 6 and  8 ½ then to get the center x you need to use a pencil and put as she calls them just tick marks at 4 ½ top and bottom and again at 7 ½ top and bottom then use ruler or score pal or your paper trimer to score the X in the center of the card.. she does tell you that the two OUTSIDE FOLDS  are VALLEY  and that the X FOLDS are MOUNTAIN.. so that is helpful to know..

FRONT PANEL OUTSIDE AND TWO INSIDE PANELS ..cut 3 at 3 3/8 x 5 3/8.. this is the bottom layer and hers are the black pieces then the white pieces over the top you only need two for the inside panels so they are cut 2 at 3 x 5.. HINT: if your using colored cardstock for the BASE..then you would only need the white panel inside for stamping on.

SQUARE FOR THE FRONT cut at 3 1/8 by 2 ¾ layer your designer paper over that and DESIGNER SQUARE is cut at 3 x 2 ½ . I didn’t do the circles because I thought you could figure those out for yourself depending on what you want to stamp on them...HINT: remember that its always better to stamp and then punch out …to make sure your stamp not only fits but is centered…

Dawn does give you are really good HINT: use a piece of old file folder and cut the template for the two pieces of explosion and WRITE on it that it is your template …then I put it along with my directions and the image of the card into a sheet protector so that all the pieces are then when I am ready again to make the card… and because I am me… I will probably cut and score a few bases to and put them in sheet protector with the template and info so I am slightly ahead with my design…

You will see that she has two designs for the front and one them she has a tie to hold it closed..I am not fond of the tie but I do like the idea of just a strip of the design paper on the front and again if its on a white or light colored card stock you won’t necessarily need the panels inside to stamp on… up to you… she is just being good with sharing a different design for the card…If you want/need to hold the card closed you can also use a BELLY BAND….to slide around the card holding it closed and you could put your embellishment on the belly band rather than on the card front…or do both… there are no EXPLOSION center card police…lol.

Lastly I made my first one to make sure I had the papers correct and found that even though it was a perfectly good card I decided to save it as a sample in that … you got it… sheet protector… I am a hands on person and sometimes a picture just isn’t enough so a sample works great for me…

my inside of card

 

my front of center explosion

opens vertically rather than horizontally

love this bear stamp from house mouse…

 

Ok thanks AS ALWAYS FOR STOPPIN BY...wire headed cyber toad…aka kath

EYE CANDY…PAPER MARBLEING ON YOU TUBE…if you have never seen how they make marbled paper…this brief video will give you a great start to seeing how its done… enjoy

 

 

 

 

 

kwdesign  EASY WATERCOLOR

HELLO ALL YOU FAITHFUL…..playing catch up sucks… and lately I have been in way over my head… as we age so do those who we love around us age… I have had relatives with aging problems, and my mom’s extra care giver left town for very valid reasons so i had to go thru trying to get another and I did it but all of that is just excuses for not posting the last couple of weeks… actually without going to look I have no idea when the last blog posted … I had been staying ahead but then ……

Anyway back to blog… I have been playing with watercolor as as well as playing with lettering more than card making…I can’t promise that I am going to be able to stay caught up but I am going to give it a try… I did pay with this idea and below are some of my play.

my masked watercolor backgroun

My scribbled lives piece using the watercolor background

kwdesign..EASY TAPED WATERCOLOR this is another one of her designs and I’ve it too..I told ya’ll I was really in to watercolor backgrounds…so you can skip the ad after a few seconds… all YouTube videos have ads…

A couple of things I would mention after you have seen the video …its possible to buy masking tape which won’t tear up your paper when you remove it… that is already in the the thin strips….so being the LAZY STAMPER that I am …look for it in art stores or on Amazon..¼ inch masking tape . This link is just one that I found but there are others… depending on the size of your card… you might want the ½ in one or there is an 1/8 in one also… she is just very frugal using what she has….

Another HINT…is that I prefer FROG TAPE also on Amazon and in Lowes and Home Depot and Probably any hardware store I prefer it because I think it sticks better and is more removable… but thats just my choice… if you have low tack blue use it… but if you look closely down at the bottom she didn’t press the tape down well to the card and she had some bleeding down there as well… mostly its all about pressing the tape down well  BUT NOT TOO HARD or is might damage your paper when you try to remove…also you need to leave it till your watercolor is dry not too long as it also gets harder to remove…so like don’t wait 3 days to go back and remove it … it might remove easily but it might not…

VIDEO HINT: they tend to speed up the videos when they are do repetitive stuff and this is good and bad… you might not have noticed that while she puts down dark color at the beginning of each segment she goes back and ads more water so that she gets an ombre effect to the color… all solid dark red is not as appealing as variated shadings of red…

 

HINT: Now all of that said.. .I remembered after this piece dried…. that WATERCOLOR ALWAYS dries significantly lighter than it looks when its wet..so keep the in mind when you are working yours …..I had togo ahead and use it for my SCRIBBLED LIVES PIECE because I was on a deadline and no time to paint and then let dry another piece… but I hope to do that soon. STILL I’d try for the ombre effect.

I hope you faithful followers will hang in there I do have some ideas in my head just no time to put them on paper… so don’ t too disappointed if you don’t see a post every week…

I ALSO WANT TO REMIND YOU THAT GRACEFUL ENVELOPE submissions are due the end of March and the theme this year WEATHER… check the link for deails.

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad….aka kath

STAMPING PLATFORMS

me at New Year’s eve with the FLU…

Yep… right after Christmas the 26th to be exact both my hubby and I were at urgent care to find out that yes , we did have the flu…. canceled group annual dinner party as no one wanted to get the flu along with us… but my BFF Pamela had given me these great glasses at her Christmas party and it was good way to cover up how swollen and red my eyes were… lol  got meds now just need energy and ability to hold a thought…lol

BUT I wanted to share some information with you as I figure some of you may have received $$$ for christmas and it may be burning a hole in your pocket… so here is my take on the possibilities… and know that in some case you might also find the Holtz platform at either Michael’s or Jo ann’s and be able to use a coupon… again for the bang for buck my money is Holtz ( I do think lots of his stuff is over priced  but this is pretty fair)

TIM HOLTZ stamp platform

FIRST A DISCLAIMER... I don’t receive any payment for that which I am about to share with you regarding stamping platforms… 2) I can’t really take credit for this as it was shared with me by one of great readers and friend Janis Blevins…she does great research and is always looking for the best product for the money… so with those said… I should also share that I bought a MISTI stamping platform( no video) in WA and while I used it a few times and it worked ok… I did not initially purchase one for her in FL ….so when Janis wrote me and shared the video of TIM HOLTZ’s STAMPING PLATFORM .… I looked but frankly didn’t intend to purchase however  after watching it and discussing more with Janis I had to agree that 1) ITS EASIER TO STORE IN SMALL SPACES…2) IT DOES STAMP BOTH VERTICLE AND HORIZONTAL WITHOUT HAVING TWO PIECES OF LUCITE and there folds flat for storage…a huge plus for both of us.. while I am going to include a link to STAMPING UP’S platform…I don’t like the its two pieces and that the magnets are so difficult to and that ou have to store them on the back … The Holtz one stores on front under the plexiglass..they are strong but so strong that you can’t move them well ( it could also be her nails that causes Dawn trouble…lovely but hard to work with some things although she doesn’t seem to have a problem) 3) and this is the biggest reason… you can order this RIGHT NOW FROM AMAZON and you can’t get the STAMPING UP ONE if you missed the last preorder date until JUNE…. way too long for this impatient stamper… one last disclaimer…remember I am on meds…incase this blog seems a bit spacey…lol

NOW the best part of this device which ever one you choose is that is it will allow you to stamp over your image exactly in the same place until you get the image well inked… for larger stamps ( and I have been removing a lot of my wooden large stamps and using them with this positioned as I get better inking and perfect position every time as long as your image is removed from platform.

In addition it will make stamping multiple cards with the same image go a lot faster just cut your paper and place each sheet in the same place on your platform use your magnets to hold it place and ink and stamp and repeat as necessary.  So as my favorite Calligraphy teacher Carol DuBosch would say “WORTH THE PRICE OF ADMISSION” to your stamping tools…

LAWN FAWN STAMP SHAMMY cleaning cloth

One more item Janis shared with me was a cleaning cloth from LAWN FAWN... I don’t know what it is or truly understand but you simple wet it and wipe off your stamps and VIOLA it comes clean with the exception of STAZON…that one takes a bit more work and your image is going to get stained with the ink color but it will be clean for you decide where you want it placed on your card…if you are uncertain about the clean  then use a scrap piece of paper the same size as your card and test it… just to make sure… kinda link running only one copy to test before you make 50 upside down..lol..hey it happens…also it stays wet for a long time even WITH AC… now heat maybe be different if it dries too quickly keep a plastic bag handy and tuck it in there when you are using it. But you are supposed to get up and move every hour anyway…lol….so just go wet again…

SO the links are listed above but not the MISTI as I was not that impressed with it I am sure you really want to see it go on line to YOU TUBE AND type in Misti and I am sure you can find one…

Ok as I said I am just sharing some information and for ME  and Janis… we found the TIM HOLTZ was our favorite….

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad..aka kath

 

 

SCS LAYERED WINDOW CARD

TICK TOCK,TICK TOCK….YEP the clock continues to click on getting your cards together to and ready to mail…but least you feel that you won’t make it ….let me just say that late cards are always accepted and you can change it to a NEW YEAR’S CARD and buy yourself an extra week…lol

SCS LAYERED WINDOW CARD this is an interesting little card…and while they show it standing up…that will only happen if you have either one of those alligator clips on a base or if you send along a small plastic photo stand for it go it… but it is unique and unique is good.. I am pretty sure that I have posted about this before but its been awhile so thought I would do it again… and perhaps use a different die maybe just a plain circle…

Layered window

Open layered window

I am pretty sure that we have done this before but it is one my favorites… and don’t think that you have to do those side panels with the same stamp you can use word stamps or you can use the various decorator papers you might have also… and again the shape in the center could be round , or heart , square or even just plane round… and as I have suggested so many times… cut some of the bases and fold them so that they are ready to go they all you need to do is add your panels and the center design… I do suggest that you stamp first and cut second on those so that you make sure you get the images that you want where you want them …..this is also one of those image and added words will work so well with the stamping platform that I gave you links to last week…I am not saying you have to have it but it does make laying out a multiple image layout much easier…

just in case you missed it last week TIM HOLTZ STAMPING PLATFORM again…my good friend and best stamping buddy JANIS BLEVINS ..shared these with me and now I am sharing it with you….

In any a case hope you enjoy this who knows maybe it will be your 2017 christmas or valentine card..

I am keeping this short cause I am sure we both have lots to do…lol….AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad aka kath

SCS DRUNKEN ACRYLIC TECHNIQUE

DEAR PEEPS….

Hope this finds you laying around to stuffed with Turkey to do more than read and look…lol and also hope that you and your familiies and extended families had a delightful THANKSGIVING…

SCS ACRYLIC TECHNIQUE….I left out the word drunken because I am not sure it applies..but I do like the idea and I like the fact that she uses a spray bottle but opens it and drops the alcohol( guess that’s where the drunken comes from) onto the paper..but you should know that not all reds , blues and yellows, blend together to make good colors and I really didn’t like the addition of the turquoise to her sample… lI thought that the red or in her case the magenta and the yellow ….were stunning and certainly made me think of the Pacific Northwest this time of year…

HINT..in most cases the rule for blending colors is no more than 3 or you get mud… BUT  in this case I think that the red/magenta and yellow work best.  However, you could also try doing the base color yellow then when dry apply the red over part of the card and let it dry then go back and apply the blue over the yellow that is still showing but not over the red…

3 color alcohol /acrylic technique…too much in my opinion..

This is interesting but in my opinion just too much..now its also possible that this looks way better and way different in real life than it photographed… so experiment and play my favorite two words…

Another thing I would try is to actually spray the alcohol on the card maybe from different directions with each layer… the spray will I think make it a bit more streaky…but this is interesting background…

REMINDER….you drop/spray the alcohol onto the color while its WET…then let it dry before adding a second  or third coat…each time drop/spay when the color/layer is wet then let dry totally before moving to next layer…

 

HINT 2…Because you need to let this air dry naturally I would suggest you precut several pieces of card stock and work on all of them at one time… then go away let them dry and come back for stage two….each time you have to let it dry naturally or AIR DRY no heat tool as she suggested it would make the paint bubble…

Alchol acrylic technique from SPLLITCOAST STAMPERS

With the unicorn above I think she used the WHITE acrylic over the top for her last layer but I am just guessing….again not my favorite effect looks a little too busy to suit me …I often have to remind myself that LESS IS MORE…

THE ONE WITH THE TREES IS MY FAVORITE…. it so looks like a fall background and its possible that on that one she did as I suggested you try putting the colors on over a solid background BUT not over each other so much… IE THE RED LOOKS LIKE it might be over the yellow but not over the green and the same with the green over the yellow but not over the red except in a few places…. remember it is all about play so explore and if you think when its dry that you don’t like it ….BEFORE YOU THROW IT AWAY…look and see if there are areas that you do like and cut them out or punch them out etc…before you toss…. look at carefully to see what might be saved…

HINT 3….because I also do calligraphy I bought a small set of  HIGH FLOW GOLDEN ACRYLICS……these are just what it says very fluid so you probably won’t need to add the water just put some on a plate and paint away….of course they re available in a 1 oz set of ten..from AMAZON for about $34 .  They work great in calligraphy pens as well as making art with them… so put them on your christmas wish list or play some christmas music and order them today…lol don’t forget the water color paper but you may find that locally at either a Michael’s, JO ANN’S OR HOBBY LOBBY…and you might be able to use your coupon… but I doubt you will find the HIGH FLOW SET.……the cheap acrylics will work just fine for this technique… I am only suggesting the HIGH FLOW..for those of my readers who might also be calligraphers and would want to use the colors to letter with as well as making art…

My favorite

These three are definitely my favorites for a lovely fall background…. enjoy

 

EYE CANDY…as you know I am in Florida and I recently saw this on FB and because I know I have friends out there that don’t use FB ….i found this video of STARFISH WALKING. CHECK IT OUT …its very interesting … when I was in college on the east coast of Florida we had a medium size fish tank and we had baby starfish that we brought from the ocean into the tank so we got to watch them climbing the sides of tank as well as walking around…but this nice big one so you can really see how the move .

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPING BY …wiire headed cyber toad..aka kath

 

 

 

DAWN’S EMBOSSED RESIST CHRISTMAS

Greetings ya’ll its FALL and by the time you see this i will be in Florida and the only resemblance to fall will be that IRMA took out a lot of trees, bushes, flowers, etc and everyone is in the clean up mode and piling the debris along the sides of roads in hopes that the city and county will pick it up and haul it off to someplace where there will giant piles of botanical debris and the when the weather permits it will get burned…or perhaps chopped up to become mulch. I am not making light of IRMA she and MARIA have done serious damage to Places like Puerto Rico and they has been much loss of life…Our area of FL had lots of water damage …long lines for food /water and long waits for power to come back on but not the damage that other places have seen. On top of all that they have had sweltering heat and humidity. But we have had almost a week of FALL WEATHER….very dry and sunny and warm during the day but nice and cool during the night …my idea of cool is down in the 50s…and it has been but now moving up to 69s at night but still dry so no humidity… YES…

DAWN’S EMBOSSED RESIST is a great technique type of card and also she is using the technique of sponging ink .  Now I have a friend who might prefer to remain nameless (Stephanie)..who hates to get her hands dirty…this always tickles me as she is a motorcycle mama…so you would think a little ink or glue on her hands would not be a problem but it is…so if you also hate getting glue or ink on your fingers then try using this sponges cut in wedges and then hold them with what I call butterfly clips or what office supply people call binder clips …they come in all sizes and even in colors but if you use one of them to hold your sponge then it will keep you fingers clean and free of ink..

If you haven’t don’t much embossing with the heat tool there a few tings I”d like to mention… I think it works best and easiest to use a solid image IF YOU SPONGING AROUND IT….its not a rule but it will make the sponging easier if you don’t have to worry about getting ink inside the image…..with the solid image you can’t just use a tissue to wipe off the ink that may get on the image ….basically the embossing acts as a resist g…and this card and these stamps certainly show off that aspect very well… it makes the town and the characters look as if they either are lit up or that moonlight is shining on them…just gives your card a more dimensional look…

Sponging over embossed images by Dawn

If you also have little experience with SPONGING then be sure to watch this video as she gives you really good lesson on how to do it… and most important is to note that you start off the paper…also dense ponies don’t work as well as the open airy kind…at least that is both STAMPING UP and my opinion….you can use those ready made sponge things but its easier to use do and you have more control with the open airy kinda yellow ones …you can buy them from SU of course but also from places like Walmart in the car wash area or over in the paint section..it doesn’t matter what color they are as long as they are the open airy looking sponges…

THE WATERMARK pad works great to stamp with then depending on your weather quickly sprinkle on the embossing powder ….you can also use a white pigment pad to stamp and if you use white pigment then you could use clear if you didn’t have white…

More sponged ideas..its great as background too.

Sponged background

Another sponged background

Dawn’s Sponged background

 EYE CANDY…this link will take you a true paper artist or maybe I should call  him a paper engineer….its a short video but I think it may have taken him hours or days to create these pieces……PAPER GEAR ART….enjoy

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY....wire headed cyber toad…aka kath

EXTRA ….since I posted the piece on the CORNER FOLD and suggested you make a calendar…here is SCS EASEL CALENDAR CARD..it is really cute as well and while they give you a web site where you can go and print up tiny calendar PAGES..then adhere them together to make a complete calendar…my suggestion is to make the card and order the calendars from IIMPRESS CARDS AND CRAFTS…AS I mentioned in the previous blog…they have three sizes of mini calendars all of them will fit on this card but the smallest rectangle will either need more embellishment or for you to downsize the card…I am ordering some more calendars myself….

ENJOY..