Sunday, March 1, 2020

Here’s to Strong Women for PP480

Happy Sunday! Time for a new creative challenge over at The Paper Players
This week, I’m super-excited to be the hostess for our monthly 
Theme Challenge
 Check it out and play along with us! 
Heat embossing is one of my favorite techniques to add awesome texture and detail to cards. With just a few simple tools, you can really add such a fun “wow factor” to a card. You simply need some Versamark Ink, embossing powder and a Heat Tool to make the magic happen. I also recommend investing in an Embossing Buddy which is a tool you rub all over your paper BEFORE you heat emboss to remove any static and stops stray embossing powder from hanging around on the non-stamped areas on your cardstock. I’ve listed all of the products I used on this card at the end of this post, along with the link to shop in my online Stampin’ Up®  store. 
Color Combo: 

For my card, I also added a few coloring details to really make the metallic heat embossing pop a little more. For starters, on the Shimmery White Cardstock background layer, I added a soft watercolor wash background using some Petal Pink ink and an Aqua Painter. It’s important to use either Shimmery White Cardstock or watercolor paper for this step. Regular Whisper White Cardstock just doesn't hold up as well when you add water to it. I also really like the extra pop of sparkle the Shimmery White adds to the card. 
After the cardstock was completely dry from adding the watercolor wash background, I used the Birthday Backgrounds stamp set to add a little more texture to the background. I started by heat embossing two of the textured “speckled" images in gold, then stamped over them again using Petal Pink ink. It just adds a little more detail to the background and helped to frame the focal image a bit more. 
I just love a BIG, bold sentiment as the focal image on a card! The Here’s to Strong Women stamp set has some fabulous sentiments of encouragement. Heat embossing the sentiment really makes it stand out, too. I decided to add some fun color to the background before I did the heat embossing. Using Sponge Daubers, I added a color trio of Rococo Rose, Petal Pink and Coastal Cabana on the layer of Whisper White Cardstock. Once I had the cardstock covered and the inks blended together, I heat embossed the sentiment. I just love these colors together, don’t you? To be fair, Coastal Cabana is one of those colors that can do no wrong, in my opinion and I think it really pops with this combo of soft pinks. 

For the finishing details, I colored some of the Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding pink (see tip below) and added a double bow along with a trio of Glitter Enamel Dots. 
Card Measurements and Details: 
  • Coastal Cabana Card Base - 4-1/4” x 11, scored at 5-1/2” 
  • Rococo Rose Cardstock - 4” x 5-1/4” 
  • Shimmery White Cardstock - 3-7/8” x 5-1/8” 
  • Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding - Add subtle color by mixing a few drops of Petal Pink Ink Refill with rubbing alcohol in a Stampin’ Spritzer then spritz on ribbon and let dry completely 
  • Gold Foil - 2-1/2” x 3-5/8” 
  • Whisper White Cardstock - 2-1/4” x 3-3/8”, add ink using Sponge Daubers then heat emboss sentiment in gold
  • Whisper White Cardstock (inside card) - 4” x 5-1/4”, I left the inside of the card blank to add a handwritten note
I hope you will join us this week over at The Paper Players and share your project for our Theme Challenge. We’d love to see what you come up with! You can link up your project through Noon PST on Friday March 6th, 2020

Be sure to stop by and say hello to The Paper Players Design Team: 

The Paper Players Design Team

Thanks for stopping by today! All of the products that I used on this card are listed below. You can click on any of the photos to go directly to my Stampin’ Up!® online store

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Have a HAPPY day today! 

-Anne Marie

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  1. Love those colors with the gold...such a pretty card!

  2. Anne Marie, I absolutely LOVE this card!!!!!!!!!! The color combo is fabulous! All the gold embossing is beautiful! And oh----that sentiment! This is such a fabulous challenge! I love embossing and I know the gallery will be FULL of gorgeous cards! Have a super week, My Friend! XX

  3. Anne Marie - you knocked your challenge OUT OF THE PARK! This is just stunning - love the soft colors with the shiny gold. Perfect! :)

  4. What a lovely design Anne Marie! This is so wonderfully feminine!

  5. I DO love the color combo behind that amazing sentiment, and combined with the gold embossing, it just ROCKS!! Gorgeous card and fabulous sentiment, love this message! Great challenge Anne Marie!

  6. I LOVE your colour combination Anne Marie with the gold heat embossing it really makes a statement - a great way to showcase your empowering sentiment too! What a fun challenge this week!

  7. Such a stunning card! I so love your watercolor background, it is perfect for your bold sentiment!

  8. This is so very pretty Anne! I love the soft colors and that background you made. The gold embossing goes perfectly.

  9. the inked background is so pretty! thanks for a fun challenge!

  10. Anne Marie this is stunning. I love the blended background and that wonderful sentiment. The gold embossing is just perfect with these colors. Gorgeous card, my friend


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Anne Marie