Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Embossed Stencil Valentine

Hello friends,
It's a Wednesday afternoon of a busy change-filled week here. Everything's fine but life happens, and ours has felt some unsettling emotional highs and lows the past few days. 

I'm welcoming and inviting my favorite therapy - stamping -  to work it's wonders!

There's something so soothing and thoroughly engrossing about stamps, paper and ink and the things you can do with them. I've been experimenting with techniques lately and while I enjoy that it does put me out of my comfort zone when it's time to incorporate them into a card. 

Today's card highlights a stencil technique completed with embossing paste and then heat embossing. 

My panel began with kraft card stock and the Caroline stencil from Simon Says Stamp. I filled in the spaces with embossing paste in an even layer. While it was still wet, I sprinkled on embossing powder and heat set it. Loved the resulting elegant shimmer with a bubbled rich texture. 

The embossed panel was layered over a white card base and a white panel blended with inks. I also blended inks for the love die cut, and backed it using the shadow die to cut a vellum layer. 

A foil strip, hearts and a pearl are the simple embellishments. 
I don't send too many Valentines, but they are so fun to make that I will be finding friends to send them too.

Thanks so much for visiting today! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Adding this to the challenge at Inspired! where the creamy goodness and texture of the cookies inspired me. 

Supplies used:
Stamps:  None
Paper: White, SU - Crumb Cake, Card Stock Vellum, Foil Sheets - Copper
Inks: Distress Oxide - Worn Lipstick 
Accessories: WOW! Embossing Powder Silver Pearl, Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste, Simon Says Stamp - Caroline Stencil, Love Dies