Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Easy- Peasy Blinged up Scor-Pal Stripes (Cuttlebug embossing or other textures)

This is for Stamping Links to Love's challenge, hosted by Zarna: Bling it on! My fabulously creative friend Kim gave me this sweet flower stamp (she spoils me!) I loved using it here cause it was acrylic so it lines up. It's called Blossoms from the Loves me collection by Imaginisce (000469). It colours so nicely too. Thanks Kimmy! :o) I coloured it in with a white marker from Close to my Heart. It's a really easy faux bleach look:

Other schtuff....
  • The leaves were coloured with the white CTMH marker first, then added the glitter gel pen details.
  • To bling it up for Zarna's challenge, I added gems & Silver Ice Stickles in the flower centers.
  • The Butterflies (Merci) and sentiment (CTMH's Blooming Flourishes) are stamped on patterned gesso cardstock & coloured with a baby pink CTMH marker (matches Pink Pirouette!)

Handmade Lotka paper:

This gorgeous dark paper was also a gift from someone who spoils me more than my due: my marvelous m.i.l. Esther. Thank you Esther! OXO! She got me these huge sheets of handmade Lotka paper. It is such a lovely paper to stamp on. (It was difficult to make myself cut into the sheets but I knew it'd look dreamy.) :o) I think I'm going to research paper making and see if I can't recycle all of my little scraps somehow. Anyone tried it?

...and...I can't make a card without the Scor-Pal lately, so I thought I'd bling up the neglected lil' Scor-Pal stripe. (I've seen a lot of the grid technique (which rocks) but I haven't seen too many stripes.)

Bling that Scor-Pal Texture:


A Scor-Pal
Glitter Pen

If you don't have a Scor-Pal but want glittered texture: You could use any dry embossed paper (store-bought or cuttlebugged or done with brass templates...) I'll be makin' a DIY glittery Versamark pad tutorial soon that makes glittering textures speeeeeedy!... :o)

It's pretty pompous of me to call this 2 minute...3 step...thingy a technique (but you know me, everything is a new thrilling technique! LOL.) ;o)

Step 1: Prepare your cardstock:
Cut card & Score at the center line (
Naturals White 11")

Step 2: Make texture:
Make stripes (grid/embossing) I used a Scor-Pal

Step 3: Bling it up:
(I went over 'em with a Sakura Gelly-Roll glitter pen)

Few lil' tips:
  • This works on the raised score line or the recessed one. Of course, it also works on grids or other pattens. If you're doing Cuttlebug embossed cardstock, you can leave the cardstock on the folder to support the embossing while you colour the glitter on.
  • If you slip up at all you can just wipe with your finger or a q-tip right away to remove the line.
  • You can also reduce the amount of bling you get by smudging it like that right after drawing it on.

Thanks for taking time to stop in! :o)


Kim H. said...

Oh my Mel! This is just gorgeous! I love the colors and the layout! oh so pretty! Love the colors!

Tonniece said...

You Knock yourself right out of the water with each new creation , because each one is lovelier then the last.

SUCH A beautiful card Mel,I love it, and the paper is stunning, I wish I could make my own paper, but it looks and sounds so complicated to me.

Happy wednesday

Annapurna said...

How divine. Love that white on black you did. Now I know where to find Kim. I went and left her some love.

Great job and love every little detail you put on there.

I have to tell you a secret (won't be anymore). If you score and color into the grooves and then flip the paper and score again, now your glitter will be on the raised score and whole process gets easier. Try it, Try it or I will try it :-)

All of the above as your blog buddy.

Now for the challenge group:-)
Very well done. You topped off our challenge with a cherry. Thanks for playing with us.

SmilynStef said...

As always, great info. I always use the 'finger-smudge-technique' when I'm coloring in larger areas with my glitter pen or coloring over colored pencil or marker ... it keeps the 'lines' from the glitter pen from being visible.

Theresa said...

Wow, Mel, this is fabulous! You never fail to deliver. I've got to get me a scor-pal. Too cool.

Allison said...

I love what you did with that Imaginisce stamp (smart girl!). And all that bling is fun! I wanna try some scor-pal fun when I get home!

retiredheather said...

I love this. Your ideas are so doable. Love that. I can hardly wait to try the spica pen on the score pal.

Sue said...

oh, as I was quicklu scrolling through my google reader blogs, I had to screeeech to a halt and read all about this card...amazing card!

Peggy Maier said...


Deb Neerman said...

Pure yumminess Mel-a-Licious!!! Your card is just bee-you-tea-full and I {heart} it big lots!!!

And what a coincidence; I faux bleach my laundry!!!

LOVE, love, love this!!! You da undisputed Queen of the Scor-Pal ... !

Jealous'ugs, Deb

Denise ~ Paper Ponderings said...


Maria said...

Very pretty, Mel! I totally love the black paper with the white flower design. Your Scor-pal bling is way cool! Gorgeous. . .and it must be SUPA DUPA gorgeous in person!!


scotspanda said...

WOW WOW WOW what a gorgeous card it is lush :)



Etha said...

Wow that's a lot of bling on one card :) love the butterfly bodies!! The glittered score lines look fabulous, what a neat effect!

chelemom said...

Holy Moly this is gorgeous!!!! It literally knocked my socks off!

Dianne said...

Mel this is a beautiful card, I love black and white and am a real bling girl. Thanks for all your sharing..

Primitive Seasons said...

This is beautiful Mel. I laugh every time you post because your titles are so INTERESTING!!! You're a gem!


Joani said...

Oh Mel ~ I just love this card. It's so delicate looking. You always have the prettiest creations. I'm always stalking your blog to see what's next :)

Margie said...

I love butterflies :) The layout and colors are beautiful!
I'm a new stalker to your blog :) thank you for sharing!
xo, Margie

Shirley said...

Mel, I just love this and your tutorial that goes along with it. Great card and wow on the tips too!

Cards and more . . . said...

So beautyfull!
I love it.


Joanie said...

Beautiful! I'm a newbie to all of these tools, nice tutorial :)

Angie Tieman said...

I have to say wow, wow, wow!! I love this color combo, so elegant, and the white on the black really pops nicely! Fantastic work!

Teri said...

I don't know how you do it, but I just love this card and the little tutorial on how to make this! The links are a bonus!

E.T said...

aahhh! at first I thought its just awesome doodling. I love the colour combo and BUTTERFLIESSSSSSS umm gorgeous! This is a veryy veryy blinging-ly beautiful card. I zoomed it to take a closer look on the butterflies and dang! I saw gems on them! WOW! Speechless :o)

Sue at Stampndaly said...

You are always amazing me. Beautiful!!!!

Kim Etherington said...

Gorgeous. That stamp does look great on the bottom of the card!!!

Anonymous said...

I've been bitten by a cold bug, so I can relate to your need to take a day off. Too bad it's the long weekend but at least I can go lay outside later and have the sun energize me alittle. :-)

Gorgeous Card!!! I've never heard of Lotka paper, it almost looks like velvet in the picture. Does it IRL?
About making paper.. the organization that I work for ( has what we call "community tools". This essentially means that people who could otherwise not afford "the tool" can come to us and use our "tools" and make things for themselves. One of the areas that we provide the "tools" for is paper making. It's very cool. The resource centre provides shredded paper bits for them to recycle and they add cotton and colour to it. Makes great paper although it would be a little hard to stamp on because it has alot of texture/bumps. But works great as background paper.
Beth Greco

Julie said...

gorgeous, gorgeous card