Friday, March 6, 2009

Stamp Simply #77 - Heat It Up!


Oh my gosh ... is it Friday again already??




That means it's time for another Sharon Johnson's Stamp Simply challenge. Today she's asked us to "Heat It Up" ... our heat guns that is ... and do some heat embossing conveying SIMPLE ELEGANCE. I do some heat embossing but usually on my sentiments ... not the main image. This was fun but I seemed to be "stuck in a rut" for ideas! I even made two cards ... ended up looking pretty much the same to me! LOL!! Looking forward to inspiration from Sharon and her awesome design team.




While making Easter cards for my sister's shop, I used this image (Paper Inspirations) and gold sparkle embossed it because I thought it would make an awesome Easter card. Well ... didn't like it after all and sat it aside (can't throw anything away you know). Today I decided it would work fine for maybe a Sympathy card and fit Sharon's challenge idea. I've used Basic Black for my base card, then cut 2 background panels each 1/4" smaller all around than the last panel. I've used a gold Pilot marker around all edges of these two panels to give the illusion of a gold matting without the weight. The gold ball stickers are from Michael's, as is the organdy ribbon.




For my second card, my image (Paper Inspirations) was stamped with Versamark Dazzle Champagne then embossed using gold sparkle embossing powder. Again, my base card is Basic Black cardstock, but this time my white panel is really matted with gold metallic paper.
I find it so difficult to get a really good photo when using these shiny papers (any hints on this would be appreciated!!).
Back to the card ... my sentiment is by Impression Obsession and it was stamped with Versafine black ink and heat embossed using detail clear embossing powder. My ribbon is from Michaels and is called "A Formal Affair". The butterfly was created using the Martha Stewart punch and the faux stitching was created using a white Gel Xtreme pen.
What a fun challenge! Be sure to check out Sharon's creation as well as her design team ladies ... I have no doubt these ladies will dazzle us with their creativity!!
Thanks for stopping by today ... have a WOnderFul weekend! It's going to be in the 60's here in NE Ohio this weekend ... WOW ... can you believe it!!! Spring is finally on it's way I think!

16 comments:

Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

I love both of these cards and think they make beautiful sympathy cards!!! Your large embossed images are wonderful!!! Glad to hear it is nice temps down there. DS#1 is leaving tonight for Columbus for a week to work during spring break. He'll be down there permanently come mid-May!!! I'll have him wave HI to you -- LOL!!!

The Rubber Maid said...

Very beautiful cards,the embossing gives them such a rich look. Pat

Anita Kurtz said...

Very cool!

Tammy Hershberger said...

Both are beautiful!

Anonymous said...

WOWZER Dar!! This is so gorgeous!!!

Carla said...

Both of these are beautiful! I LOVE the embossing!!

Susan (peebsmama) said...

These are very elegant.

Lori Washburn said...

wow these are so pretty Darlene! You have such variety in your stamping! Beautiful work!

Dru said...

Love the gold and black, I've embossed sentiments and backgrounds and the outsides of images but never like this - it's truly beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration.

Barb Schram said...

This gold is wonderful, Dar! Love that shiny butterfly! Perfect!

Amy Johnson said...

Hi Darlene! I love all your cards! They look so rich and elegant. I had a horrible day at work yesterday. I was just awful on the cashier. If I'm not fired, it will be a miracle. LOL!

Nancy said...

These are both gorgeous! The first image caught my attention when you posted it before...very pretty! Love the gold edging with black backgrounbd.

Kay said...

I love both your cards!! Black and gold are stunning together, and you did a beautiful job. I can't get over how well the ribbon matches on your 2nd card. WOW!

Dawn said...

These are incredible Darlene. I LOVE the embossing. WOW. Super job. Hope your weekend was as warm as ours..80's.

Kris Turner said...

Hi, Darlene: Both of these are great, but since I have the medallion stamp and have been trying to decide how best to use it to show it off, I'm glad to see that beautiful card! Love the ribbon on that. Wonderful work, as usual! Thanks for the inspiration! Kris, Wadsworth, OH

Nancy B. aka Jean said...

Stunning!! Love the gold. The cards look so very rich and the details is awesome too!!.