Thursday, September 1, 2011

Lovey-Dovey Mushrooms & a bit of sky?

A random lovey-dovey mushrooms card?

Cat's Pajama's Lovey-Dovey mushrooms

For some reason, I thought these two little mushrooms
needed to snuggle up next to each other.

I left the sentiment off, for now, hoping to use it
for any of this stuff: "Miss You" or "Love You"
or "Happy Anniversary" or even simply "Hi Friend!"

And I'm curious,
do you do hybrid?

It's the only type of card I seem to make lately.
(The mushrooms & the heat-embossed background are stamped
the sky is a digital image printed & stitched.)

1...the mushroom stamps: Cat's Pajamas stamp set "Blow" digi (a bit of sky-cropped from The Graphics Fairy) tricks:distressed heat embossing & a fringed mat...


The 'shrooms are stamps from
this Cat's Pajamas stamp set:

mushrooms-Cat's Pajamas BLOW

They got gussied up this way:

1) Stamped in Night of Navy craft ink (SU)
2) Heat embossed in clear embossing powder
3) Coloured with Copic markers in shades of turquoise, brown, & beige.
4) Dotted with White Signo gel pen.
5) Cut out & stuck on the stitched sky background.

The sky background was made using this digital graphic
that I thought you might be able to use sometime for something...


(from The Graphics Fairy)

...a bit of sky:

PDF on Acrobat here

...which is cropped from this castle image:

Courtesy of Karen-The Graphics Fairy
who has the best free digital things
& such generosity of spirit!
(Please credit & link Karen, if you use these.)

To download these as PNGs or JPEGS:

1) Click the picture you want & it will enlarge.
2) Then right click & select "save as PNG" (or as JPEG/all files)

or click the links to go to Acrobat to download the PDFs

more info on How to Download files types
& terms of use here


(Old faves: Distressed heat embossing
& fringe-cut mat)

distressed embossing

For lack of a better name, I call this heat emboss texture
'distressed heat embossing':

It uses regular old clear embossing powder. Here's how:

1) Stamp Hero Arts Antique Brocade in White pigment ink.
2) Sprinkle on some clear embossing powder.
3) Heat it with a heatgun until you see some areas get darker.

Variation: You can even colour over it with a copic marker to get a
coordinating bit of coloured embossed paper:

white ink clear E P on SU river rock & coloured with brown copic

The dark brown band is made by colouring over the distress embossed
river rock cardstock with Copic Markers (Dark Bark & Black).

Fringe mat:

cheap tricks-fringe mat

Just cut little slits in the mat for texture &
ruffle them a little with your finger to separate.
Cheap, quick, fun.

Hope your day is turning out to be a lovely one,

P.S. This post is pure unsolicited craft-y love. :-)


Pam said...

Once upon a time my mother took a trip to Florence w/a woman who wanted only to purchase Florentine paper for her daughter's wedding. If only she could have waited a few years and read this blogpost she could have saved herself a lot of Lira.

kksb said...

You so "Blow" me away. This is my favorite stamp set from TCP and I love shroons. You are my Hero.

Gabi MeWi said...

You´re so full of inspiration - a very creative woman...

Ruth S said...

Love this card - your little details are just mind-blowing!
Got to try that embossing idea ;)
Hugs, Ruth x

Dawn said...

how cute!! love the cloud pic and mushrooms! allllll those little cuts around the!

happy weekend!
I caved and bought CS5! now I have to learn to HOW to use it!!!

Janelle said...

Totally adorable and I love the fringe technique and the embossed background

Crafty Loops said...

This is really beautiful, I love the stitched sky. It works so well and the embossed paper is delightful. Ive never heard of the Hybrid technique before but I think it is terrific. I really must try it out. Lee x

Laura said...

Soooo cute! I love those shroomies... and I ADORE your embossed paper!!! I have to do that when I am back in Romania :)
Love your stitching and love the shape you used for the centrepiece.... Just another perfect card of yours :)


Erum Tasneem said...

oooh the fringe!!! super like! Love the embossing, cant wait to give it a try one i get my embossing powders!

Allison Rankin said...

Love that BG you created from the scanned image! Great job with the clouds and the stitching!

Melanie said...

You remain a permanent in my papercrafting progress, thanks always for sharing all you do and in such detail as us innocents can understand and replicate! Love from Mel McK from Australia

Jennifer Rzasa said...

I just adore the stitching!

Jenny said...

So sweet..Love this card:)