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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Imagination Crafts and an entry I havent submitted.

Over at Imagination Crafts Blog, home of the Sparkle Medium, and some fabulous stencils, they are having a DT Call.
I have been keeping an eye on their blog, as I was sure there would be a call at some point, and finally after months of waiting my patience was rewarded by a notice of the call.
I have sent one in to the DT Call, but I don't like to blog stuff that is in the process, so to speak, or blog things that are made as gifts, or samples before they are purchased, as I don't think its fair to the recipient.
So I know Imagination Crafts has some Physical samples, I sent in a while ago, and no I don't have photo's and I wont blog them as they were made for Imagination Crafts, not me, but I do have another piece I haven't submitted as part of the DT process, which I am going to show.
I must admit, deciding between the two was very hard, which one to submit? This one lost out, purely because of the amount of cut files I used, the other one was very focused on the product. But I think that this one is probably my favourite.

This is actually one of my favourite stencils. I love Damask. There's something about Damask which really appeals to me, don't know why, but I have a lot of Damask cut files, and embossing folders, and they are the ones I use most often, though people don't often spot them. And this is actually my granddaughters favourite, but there was no way I was letting a sticky fingered 7 month old get her her mitts on it!
So what I used:
Centura Pearl Card stock for the base card.
Craftwell A4 embossing Folder,
The Crafters Workshop Damask Stencil TCW195S
Matt white card stock,
Bright Red Sparkle Medium
Centura Pearl card stock for the cut files
White Silky Crush Ribbon.
Firstly, Sparkle Medium takes a while to dry, so that had to be the first bit, resisting the impulse to stick my finger in and test whether it was dry............. It doesn't take that long to dry, but I wasn't risking it!
So stencil on the matt card using the palette knife to get a nice even coverage of the Bright Red Sparkle
Then I moved on to the cut files I wanted to use, as I had already visualised the finished card.
So out came the Zingster, and MTC and a mixture of the free files from MTC adjusted to do what I wanted to do with them. This is actually a combination of 4 of the files. 5 layers on the heart, and a double layer on the rings which are attached to the knot on the ribbon. The cut pieces were then embossed using the same folder as the base card stock, before being layered up using a mixture of foam pads and Silicon Glue.
So then I sat and fiddled for a bit!
For the inside, I stencilled with Versa-mark through the stencil, and dusted with Platinum Mica powder, but unfortunately  either it glares when I photo it, or it vanishes, so the photo's are useless for the insert!
However by this time the main image had dried, and I hadn't put my finger in it, even better! So I simply pierced the edge with my Tim Holtz piercing ruler, and mounted it to the front of the card base.
Add the cut and layered Hearts and rings, punch holes for the Ribbon, which is Siliconed on the ends so they maintain the twist, and the card is done.

So Fingers firmly crossed, I'll know in a couple of weeks,



Linda Simpson said...

This is stunning Lou! Love the damask highlighted in the red and the dies are fantastic too.

Linda xx

Cheryl said...

sure you will not need luck,hun as your work is stunning just love those dies,and the damask is first class,stunning hun,love hugs Cherylxxxxxxx

Laney said...

WOW! Absolutely gorgeous Lou!!

Andree said...

A beautiful and elegant card Lou. The red damask stencil is wonderful x

Elizabeth said...

A beautiful card. I wish you luck - though I'm sure you don't really it :)