Sunday, October 11, 2009

Mojo Madness 107 & a stamping related injury



I'll have to come back and edit how to's and what not later. I just want to get this card posted in time for Mojo Monday 107 and the Moxie Fab Gradient Challenge ~lyss

K...I'm back. I have been creating like a fool this weekend - much to my husband's chagrin, I'm afraid. However, I had a goal of projects to reach and then found some challenges that I wanted to complete! Back again...had to put the kiddo to bed.
I love this set from Verve stamps - Because of You. Not only does it contain some incredible sentiments for amazing people in your life, but it also contains some killer floral images. The flowers on the outer edges of my focal piece are the main image that drew me to this set. They totally look like Dr. Seuss flowers...or maybe it's that I've been reading too many Dr. Seuss books before the Zaniac's bedtime! I cut out a classic circle nestabilitie and left the die on while sponging So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie and Really Rust inks {I tried the whole brayer thing and that didn't work so well with the die still on the image}. I then stamped the two floral images in Memento Tuxedo black - I did this after the sponging because it left a much stronger black color. Trust me, I tried this about 5 times to get the look I wanted and only ended up with one card! I then sponged the black around the base of the image. I ran the image through the Cuttlebug again to emboss the image. I then smooshed it into a VersaMark pad and embossed it about 5 times with Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE). Here's my stamping related injury...sort of. As I was embossing my image, I didn't want to turn off my heat gun. Because I had such a mess going on, I had moved my stamp pad, UTEE and image to the floor. While leaning forward to smoosh the image into the ink pad again, I must've leaned over my heat gun a bit too closely. I started looking around to find the source of a burning smell and found the crotch of my yoga pants burning!! BEWARE of the heat gun. DO NOT leave it unattended or place it between your knees while crafting on the floor! Luckily, I was safe from the smoldering material. lol Anyhow, as the image cooled, it curled. I tried to straighten it and cracked it. So, rolling with the punches, I rubbed a bit of Ranger Distress Antique Linen ink over the image. I wasn't super happy with it, so I reheat it and smoothed out the cracks. The cool thing is some of the ink had seeped into the image, but it's still smooth on top. Ok, enough blabbering. I'm surprised if you're still with me. :o) The second layer(s) are Really Rust stamped in the same ink with the large image from Grateful Elegance. The edges are sponged in the same ink. The bottom layer is More Mustard embossed with the Cuttlebug embossing folder, Diamonds in the Rough. I rubbed the More Mustard cube over the embossed image for a bit more definition. The brads began with the colors of red, blue and purple. For some unknown reason, I do not have black, silver or white brads. When in need of the proper color, I hold them with tweezers, heat them up and emboss them in the proper color. Last is a bit of twine, held in place by notching the sides with a 1/8" punch. I've left the inside blank to make it a more all purpose card. All right then, I think I've rambled on enough for one evening. Thanks for sticking with me this long if you did! I don't think there is a need for a Supplies list today - I've listed it all in the post.
Hope you have a great evening! Please stop by tomorrow for a cool collaborative project with the StampInsanity set, Meet Henry & Morgan. My husband and I both had a hand in coloring this, and I am super happy with how it turned out! Night! :o) lyss

18 comments:

jen said...

great job- very pretty card, & way to combine challenges! :)

Sara said...

what a beautiful card! i love the colors :)

sarabeth

Laural-Lee said...

I look forward to seeing the deets because this is beautiful.

Randee E said...

Your so funny girl!1 glad it was just your pants and not anything else :0) Love this card - it's absolutely beautiful. Love the cracks too! Some times things that go wrong end up for the better!

Alison said...

Oh my! You had quite tyhe catastrophie! I'm glad you didn't get seriously hurt! Your card turned out beautifully!

Leigh Ann Baird said...

Your gradient is radiant! It's the most beautiful card! I bought some UTEE a couple of weeks ago to try this technique and have been too lazy to try it.

I'm glad your crotch is ok! LOL

Beth said...

Wow - this is spectacular!! And I have to say, your creative use of distressing your yoga wear is impressive, too! :D

deconstructing jen said...

I got a good chuckle out of your injury... sorry about that. That is SOOOO something I would do, lol. You know I just read a tutorial just the other day on creating a cracked glass finish just exactly the way you described... and I think what you did turned out beautiful. This is such a beautiful card!! I love these colors and the richness of the background. All of it pulls together into a gorgeous finished project.

Harriet Hensley said...

I love the colors and the LO thanks for ideas...

Julie E said...

Your card is beautiful (accidents and all LOL)!!

Derrick said...

nice blog :)

Yvette said...

Absolutely stunning! Love the colors and the way you put it all together! Great job!!!

Cath said...

Hi Alyssa! Thanks for entering the challenge! :)

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

Wow! This is simply breathtaking. Love it!

Sandra Farrell said...

very cute. You did a great job of incorporating the crack into the final product.

deconstructing jen said...

Congrats on being a Mojo Monday WINNER!!!! This is such a great card. :D

Anonymous said...

I love your card and got a good laugh about the "I Love Lucy" episode of burning the pants with the heat gun. SOOO something I would have happen to me!!

Andrea M said...

Gorgeous card - love the colors. I think the heat embossing image looks great - the small cracks make it look slightly aged and is a very nice touch. Sorry to hear about your heating gun accident - we live, we learn :) Congrats on being named one of the Mojo Monday winners!