Hi all. Welcome to the 1st Artsy Addicts Technique Blog Hop. Whoot Whoot!!!
When Marion first told me she us to have a blog hop I was equally excited and nervous. I've never participated in a blog hop before. I am a blog hop novice, newcomer, newbie, noob, fish, neophyte.....Totally NOT in my comfort zone here, people. Marion hosts Ustream crops through Prima Marketing, she makes tutorial videos via Youtube, I mean she's a pro at these sort of things. I'm just a girl who collects way too much scrapbooking stuff.
But one thing I'm not is a person who backs down from a challenge. So the challenge here today is to share one of your favorite techniques....Oh is that all? Cool beans. I can do that.
So here goes.
Let's start at the beginning:
First start off with a messy desk. I always seem to work better when there are lots of things around me that I can draw from quickly and play with.
Hello messy desk that I love so much. Just looking at it gives me inspiration.
Next, gather a few items that you've been thinking about all day. You know, paint, stamps, flowers, etc., etc., etc.
Love that lady stamp. Just picked that up at Michaels today, along with those little clear beads at the bottom. Found those in the floral section, and they have a flat back. Got a huge bag of 'em. Plus a few die cuts and my newest stamps from the latest Papertrey Ink release.
Now on to the my project.
I have fallen in love with freehand embossing especially on vellum.
I punched this butterfly out using a Fiskars "All A Flutter" squeeze punch from PaperTreyInk linen vellum cardstock. Next I took my McGill Paper Blossoms Tool kit and used the 2 mm stylus to emboss an outline all around the butterfly "freehand." I placed the vellum cardstock on a few pieces of cardstock for a little cushion so that the impression would be deep.
Next I took the 1 mm stylus from the same set and traced my outline on my cutting mat. The hard surface makes the embossed outline bright white on the vellum.
I added a few rhinestones to the center of the butterfly for the body and attached it to my project.
And here is the finished project.
I simply love this technique because you can change up the look of any die cut or punched shape with just a stylus or bone folder and a few squiggles. How about doing a cross hatch pattern or open polka dots... That would be so much fun.
I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did putting it all together. My first blog hop post. I'm so proud.
I am the first leg of the blog hop and up next is Darlene Carroll. She is a super fantastic crafty lady from Australia and I know you are going to love her technique. You can click or click on the Artsy Addicts picture above to be taken to her blog.
And I can't forget about my GIVEAWAY:
All you have to do to win is leave a comment on this blog post with a link to your blog or your favorite blogger to win a 2 Greeting Farm Stamp sets.
Miss Anya Love Stamp Set
Special Autumn Stamp Set
So don't forget to leave your comment for your chance to win.
Here is the complete blog hop list for reference. If you happen to get turned around somewhere you can pop back here and get back on board. Or you can click on Artsy Addicts at the very top of the page.
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Marion Smith (Head Artsy Addict)