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Monday, September 26, 2016

A Cherry on Top

Just building some "Happy Cards" for Birthdays and other occasions.  I like using sentiments like "You're so Sweet!" or "Wish Big!"  It was a lot of fun Doing these :)

Start with pattern papers. I used ones that looked sunny and happy to me.  I've also done this with more sophisticated paper and they turned out great too!  Then using Unity Stamp Co. set "Sweet Life"  I stamped with Versa Fine Black ink & heat embossed every ice cream scoop twice on each paper.  I found some solid and some patterned Chocolate and Carmel colored paper and later decided that Berry color was good too & stamped & embossed the dripping sauce stamp several times on each. Closely Fussy cut around each image.

To add a little extra dimension choose a color close to the main color of each image and rub the sides of every image, leaving no shading on the center of each image.  I enjoy the extra work it takes but they look great without the shading too.

For more texture dry emboss all of the ice cream elements!  I used small dots. I also use Glossy Accents on the fountain glasses for a little extra shine.

Dry embossed card backgrounds on white card stock with various embossing folders. Saturate each with inks that match the pattern papers using a sponge or other rubbing tool (I use pieces of hard foam packaging that were in the embossing folder packages).  This gets most of the paper full of ink and makes the raised parts stand out even more darkly.  The less you rub & saturate the softer the background will be. Experiment!!

I know you can take it from here!  Color & cut out the cones or glasses you want your ice cream creation to be in and start layering onto the embossed card fronts.  Make labels with stamps & die cuts to finish it off with a sentiment or leave it plain.  Add ribbon, sequins or "dots". 

This is so fun and merry!!  You can't go wrong!  I leave the sentiments off until I want to use the card and then I can easily choose the right one for the occasion and just stick it on (I like to have dimensional tape already on the back of every sentiment). 

Oh, I almost forgot the Cherry on top!!

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