Friday, June 01, 2018

CAS Mix Up June Challenge

Hi everyone.  It's the beginning of June, which means time for a new CAS Mix Up Challenge.  This month it is hosted by me and I chose ...


I started by die-cutting one of my favourite leaf dies out of black.  I pressed it into my versamark pad and dipped it into my container of Gold Tinsel embossing powder.  I didn't cover the whole sprig, but most of it.  I placed the leaf on a hot plate to melt the embossing powder, but I could have easily just used my heat tool. :)  Once it had cooled a little, but was still warm, I pressed on a few gilding flakes.  I wanted to seal in the flakes, so placed the leaf back on my hot plate (again, a heat tool would work as well).  Sprinkled over top to cover the whole sprig with UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel).  It melted, sealed everything and gave some dimension to the leaves.  So pretty!

I placed it over a background piece that I had repeat stamped a leaf image in Versamark.  I sprinkled a little pearl coloured Perfect Pearls over top and used a soft brush to brush it over the background.  It sticks to the Versamark to create a very soft and subtle background.  The panel was popped up on the card front, and a gold heat embossed black sentiment banner was popped up on top, catching the end of the leaf sprig to hold it in place.  A few more small pieces of pop dots were added to a couple of the leaves to secure it all.

Here's a close-up ...
... and a closer look ...

I hope you'll check out the challenge blog to see the amazing inspiration cards from our talented Designers and our Guest Designer, Jane (Purplejet Loves Crafts).  Hope to see you in the gallery!







Stamps:  Artistic Fern small (Hero Arts); Sentiment - Bloom of Hope (Stampin' Up!)
Paper:  White (Neenah 110 lb.); Black (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Perfect Pearls (pearl), brush, Little Leaves die (Sizzix for SU!), Gold tinsel embossing powder, heat tool, Red Blaze Gilding Flakes (Cosmic Shimmer), UTEE, gold embossing powder

Challenges:
CAS Mix Up June Challenge - Layered Embossing Powder

26 comments:

Quillish said...

Oh wow.. what a beauty, not just the leaves but the perfect pearl background too..looks gorgeous! Loved this technique and am inspired to try it.

Mac Mable said...

Your leaves are so unique and absolutely stunning. What a fun and marvellous technique Loll. Love the soft stamping and the use of the perfect pearls on the background. Wonderful card and so perfect for the occasion x

Barb Ghig said...

Thank you for the close-up pic, Loll...your leaves are absolutely GORGEOUS! I love the mix of embossing powders and flakes, and all the sparkle you added with this technique! I also love your subtle background...it really makes all the details on the leaves pop! Off to check out these great videos :)

Betty Keefe said...

love this Loll...heat plate is such a good idea - deifinitely going to give this a go!.

Julia Aston said...

Beautiful layering of embossing powder and gilding flakes and the UTEE makes it look so wonderfully thick! and your Perfect Pearls background is 'perfect' for your stem! I have so many jars of perfect pearls and never use them - now you have inspired me to try this!! Julia xx

Bonnie said...

Using the black die cut makes such a classy leaf sprig! Love, love, love the gilding flakes and shine! Love that background too! That's a technique I haven't tried and have all the stuff to do it. Thanks for the inspiration, my friend!

Cathy said...

Wow! Could say that 10 times Loll! What an amazing card, love the soft shimmery background with the stunning leaf sprig, Cathy x

nancy littrell said...

Gorgeous heat embossed layers, Loll. I love how you melted your layers and then added gilded flakes on your die cut leaves. Such a pretty and soft shimmery background for your die cut leaves too. TFS and hosting this months awesome challenge, my friend. Hugs...

Lee-Anne said...

Divine card, Loll! I love what you did with the leaf sprig. Looks like gilding under glass. So, so,pretty!

Christine Alexander said...

Loll, what an amazing mix of textures and colour. the soft subtle background is the perfect backdrop against the gorgeous leaf :)

Susan said...

So beautiful - love the richness of the die cut leaf and the softness of the Perfect Pearls background! Great challenge this month!

Maxine D said...

Oh what a stunning card Loll - love the multi layered sprig of leaves, and the subtle perfect pearls background is the perfect background.
Blessings
Maxine

Daffodil Cards said...

Amazing result.
Faith

Jeanne said...

What a beautifully detailed embossed die cut. So much interest there. It helps set off your lovely and elegant sympathy card. Wonderful work. I am curious as to your using a hot plate over the heat tool. I've not heard of doing that. Thanks so much for sharing and have a lovely weekend!

Anita in France said...

So striking, Loll ... and gorgeous ... from the subtle shine of the perfect pearls background to the texture-y looking gold leafed leaves ... it's a beauty! Hugs, Anita :)

Brenda in IN said...

This is stunning. What a fun technique this sounds like. I so happy to have you as a new follower on my blog. I love coming here and have learned so much from you. This is a new thing I must try and I have to be gone today or I would jump right in.

Nancy Stislow said...

What an incredible effect and unusual combination of media! The effects are remarkable. I have no idea how you think of things like this but love seeing the results. I must get a hot plate now! This is fantastic!

Jo Manna said...

Incredibly precious, those gilded flakes add such richness along with that extra coat of UTEE. In just doesn't get better than that. The softness of your little frame perfectly compliments this beauty. Stunning Loll, bravo!

Veerle said...

Hi Loll, love your card and especially that sprig. At first I thought it was only covered with gilding flakes. Looks awesome. Greetings from Veerle
(have been following your blog for some time now. Thought I'dd leave you a comment as I love reading comments myself, so why not do the same to others)

Papercraft Boutique said...

Wow, the Gold Tinsel ep and the gilding flakes look amazing on the black base, Loll! And I love the combination of the subtle background and the bold and sparkly sprig as much as the gorgeous sprig itself! Hideko xx

Trina P. said...

The mix of gold tinsel EP with the gilding flakes is just fabulous, Loll. UTEE over top is brilliant and really finishes it off beautifully. The subtle stamped background is perfect to highlight this magnificent piece. xx

Linda said...

This looks beautiful Loll. The shimmery leaves in the background give it a real delicate feel and I love the die cut leaves, they look like a beautiful piece of glass xx

BożenA said...

This card is so elegant. Your twig looks stunning, Loll.
BożenA xx

Susanne Vargas said...

Your subtle background is perfect to showcase that stunning die cut! Absolutely love this card!

Cris G said...

Beautiful card and embellishment! Thanks for the how to!

Bobby said...

Here I am just commenting on June's CAS Mix-up. It was a fun technique and your leaf is incredible, Loll.