Thursday, July 21, 2011


I painted Michael Strong's Cloisonne Pot with Twinkling H2O watercolors. They are so yummy and combined with heat embossed stamping really make a WOW card. The background was sponged on acrylic paint patterned through a paper doily with added color using Distress inks. I used a small doily behind the pot for contrast. The twiggy branches are die cuts.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Deeply embossed embellishments, part one

I used Michael Strong's Cloisonne Circle stamp and lots of gold embossing powder on this card. The focal image is the full circle stamped, embossed and watercolored. The embellishments on both sides are made using chipboard circles, layers of gold embossing powder and the inked up Cloisonne Circle stamp. The chipboard circle was inked up with Versamark before being loaded with the embossing powder (EP). After heating and melting the EP I added another layer of EP and melted that one too. I did 4 or 5 layers of gold EP in all. While all that gold was nice and hot I stamped it with the inked up Cloisonne Circle. I'd chosen the area of the stamp I wanted to use to impress into the EP.

Michael's Mini's, Medallions, Alphabets and Cameos would all work very well for making these deeply embossed embellishments. His designs have such clean and clear graphic designs that they are terrific for this technique.

The rippled gold frame is corrugated card cut with two Spellbinders dies.

Part two of this technique is in the following post. Blogger is fighting me tooth and nail and refuses to allow me to upload more than one photo in a post today. Sorry about that.

Deeply embossed embellisments, part two

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Pinwheel card

Pinwheels feel like summertime to me. Child's play in the garden. While this pinwheel is a whimsical bit of imagination and would never translate into a real one I had fun making it. The two stamps that make it up are both from Michael Strong, his Cloisonne Star and Cloisonne Paisley. There is a Serendipity pinwheel stamped on the background.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Can't stop thinking about you

Used a couple of Michael Strong stamps on this one. His frame stamp is perfect for creating layered frames. The copper on blue layer was heat embossed and then popped out on adhesive foam. The curved image under the sentiment is a portion of Michael's Cloisonne Circle. The sentiment itself is a G Stamp.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

a little star power

A cool Michael Strong star stamp, an encouraging sentiment from Verve Stamps, a die cut little window and a string of cute little puffy stars. That's it!